Nov. 22, 2011
Texas complete game notes
No. 24/22 TEXAS (2-1) vs. No. 22/RV Virginia (4-0)
Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort Showdown Nov. 25-27, 2011
Stan Sheriff Center (10,300) Honolulu, Hawai'i
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS
RADIO: KVET-AM 1300 "The Zone" will broadcast all of UT's games at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Rainbow Wahine Showdown. Jon Madani (pxp) and Carol Ross (analyst) will handle the calls.
SERIES: Tied, 3-3. Last meeting: Virginia 86-83 (Nov. 23, 2007; Honolulu, Hawai'i)
HAWAII BOUND ... The Longhorns are making a Thanksgiving trek to Honolulu, Hawai'i, for the 2011 Waikiki Beach Marriott Rainbow Wahine Showdown. Texas will expand its non-conference schedule with contests against Atlantic Coast Conference opponent Virginia (Nov. 25), Pac-12 member California (Nov. 26) and Western Athletic Conference host Hawai'i (Nov. 27).
ANDERSON DISHING IT OUT ... Senior guard Yvonne Anderson dished out a career-high eight assists against Alcorn State after serving around a game-high seven against Stanford and six against Southeastern Louisiana. Through three games, Anderson's assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.6-to-1.
RECORD SETTING SENIOR ... With her 290th career block on Sunday against Alcorn State, senior post Ashley Gayle moved in front of Ellen Bayer (1986-90) and is now UT's blocked shots leader with 296 and counting.
STIFLING DEFENSE ... UT opened it's last game on a 21-0 run, as Alcorn State was scoreless for the first 8:23. The Lady Braves made just 15 field goals and was limited to 21 percent shooting, as the Longhorns controlled both halves of play.
SERIES VS. VIRGINIA
Friday's contest marks the seventh meeting between Texas and Virginia, and the first since the two teams last met in the opening contest of the Jack in the Box Rainbow Wahine Classic on Nov. 23, 2007 (Honolulu, Hawai'i). The Cavaliers won that contest 86-83 in head coach Gail Goestenkors' fourth game at the helm of the Longhorn program. UT and UVa have met four previous times on neutral courts where Texas holds a 3-1 advantage in the all-time series.
GOESTENKORS VS. VIRGINIA
A 15 year veteran of the Atlantic Coast Conference, Texas head coach Gail Goestenkors is plenty familiar with Virginia. Goestenkors owns a 20-11 all-time record against UVa, having previously met 30 times while she was the head coach at ACC rival Duke. The Goestenkors-led Blue Devils won their last 13 consecutive games against the Cavaliers from 2001-07.
THE GOESTENKORS-BOYLE LINEAGE
First-year Virginia head coach Joanne Boyle served as an assistant coach to Texas head coach Gail Goestenkors at Duke from 1993 to 2002. During that nine-year span the Blue Devils recorded a 225-121 record, advancing to the NCAA Championships the last eight seasons and making Final Four appearances in 1999 and 2002.
A CHECK OF THE POLLS
UT is ranked No. 24 in the most recent Associated Press poll (Nov. 21) and No. 22 in the ESPN/USA Today poll (Nov. 22). In addition to facing then No. 5/5 Stanford in its season opener, UT is scheduled to face six additional opponents in the regular season who are ranked in the preseason polls: No. 1/1 Baylor (Jan. 15 in Austin, Feb. 21 in Waco), No. 6/7 Tennessee (Dec. 4 in Knoxville), No. 5/4 Texas A&M (Jan. 11 in College Station, March 4 in Austin), No. 12/14 Oklahoma (Jan. 21 in Norman, Feb. 25 in Austin), No. 19/RV Texas Tech (Jan. 28 in Lubbock, Feb. 15 in Austin) and No. 22/RV Virginia (Nov. 25 in Honolulu).
LAST TIME OUT: VS. ALCORN STATE (NOV. 20, 2011)
As Ashley Gayle became the Texas Longhorns' all-time leader in career blocks, the Texas Women's Basketball team used a strong defensive showing to defeat Alcorn State, 74-42, at the Frank Erwin Center. Gayle finished with seven total blocks, but her first of the game at the 18:04 first half mark, pushed her in front of Ellen Bayer for the program record. Gayle now has 296 career blocks. Alcorn State made just 15 field goals and was limited to 21 percent shooting, as the Longhorns controlled both halves of play. UT opened the game on a 21-0 run, as Alcorn State was scoreless for the first 8:23. Yvonne Anderson led all scorers with 19 points, marking the 29th double-digit scoring effort of her career. Chassidy Fussell chipped in 14 points. In addition, Gayle pulled down a season-high 13 rebounds for the 17th double-digit rebounding game of her career.
GOING THE DISTANCE
Three of Texas' starters are averaging 30+ minutes while also contributing double-figure scoring. Yvonne Anderson is playing a team-high 34.3 minutes per game while adding a team-best 16.7 ppg. Chassidy Fussell is second in scoring with 15.3 ppg in 30.7 mpg while Ashleigh Fontenette is playing 31.3 mpg and adding 10.0 ppg.