George Washington (1-1) vs. No. 18 Texas (2-1) Junkanoo Jam Tournament
St. Georges High School, Freeport, Bahamas
Saturday, Nov. 26, 2005: Championship Game
Noon (Central; 1 p.m./Eastern)
Game Day Information & Quick Facts
Internet TV: none
Radio: Texas- KVET Radio/Sports Radio 1300 (1300 AM), Austin
Texas Internet Radio: Available through UT's subscription service YahooSports.com
Teams at A Glance
National Rankings: Texas: #18, Associated Press Top 25 (Nov. 21); #18, USA Today/ESPN Top 25 .... George Washington: not ranked
Last Year: Texas (22-9, NCAA 2nd Rd.); George Washington (23-9, NCAA 2nd Rd.)
All-Time Series Record: 2nd meeting: GW leads, 1-0
Series Streak: +1, George Washington
Last Meeting: Nov. 29, 1991 - George Washington 70, Texas 62 (at 7-Up/Desert Classic, Las Vegas, NV)
Texas Head Coach Jody Conradt: 37th year overall: 1,150 games: 871-279 (.758); 30th year at Texas: 971 games: 754-217 (.776)
GW Head Coach Joe McKeown: 431-154 overall; 17th year at George Washington: 499 games: 364-135 (.729)
Jody Conradt vs. GW: 0-1
Quick Glance at the Teams
The Texas Longhorns stand 2-1, have a two-game win streak, and are ranked No. 18 in both this week's Associated Press Top 25 Poll and USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Poll (down from No. 12 a week ago in both polls) ... George Washington is 1-1, and is unranked ... Both teams won their first-round game on Friday at the Junkanoo Jam Tournament ... Texas, behind a 14 point effort from 5-10 freshman G Erika Arriaran, 13 points from 5-6 senior G Nina Norman and an eight-point, 10-rebound, five-block effort from 6-4 freshman post Ashley Lindsey, stopped South Carolina, 59-55 ... GW won behind a Jessica Simmonds' free throw with 9.4 seconds left, as the Colonials posted a 49-47 upset win over No. 19 Purdue ... Purdue and South Carolina meet in Saturday's third-place game.
The Longhorns welcomed seven freshmen - the largest rookie class in UT history - to the campus this fall along with eight returning letterwinners ...These seven were selected as the nation's No. 1 recruiting class last year by the All-Star Girls Report recruiting service... Jody Conradt's Longhorns graduated six players last spring ... The Longhorns have four seniors, two juniors, two sophomores and seven freshmen ... The average age of the Texas team is 19 years and 11 months; the average age of the Texas freshman is 18 years and seven months.
Texas has now held its last two opponents to a combined 88 points (44.0 ppg average), having defeated Sam Houston (83-33) on Nov. 21 in Austin... UT had lost its opener to No. 25 New Mexico, 76-68 (Nov. 18) ... George Washington had opened its season with a loss to Virginia, 65-52.
Texas is coming off a 22-9 season and a NCAA second round showing, while GW went 23-9 a year ago and also advanced to the NCAA second round ... In the preseason Big 12 coaches poll, the Longhorns were picked to finish second (behind defending NCAA titlist Baylor)... The Colonials were picked to finish third in the Atlantic 10 Conference preseason poll after going 23-9 last season with a 13-3 conference record ... GW did receive four first-place votes, just one short of second-pick Xavier (5) ... A-10 tournament-champion Temple (11) was picked to finish first this season... Senior 6-2 forward Jessica Simmonds and 5-8 sophomore point guard Kimberly Beck were named First Team Atlantic 10 Preseason All-Conference players, while Beck also was selected to the five-person A-10 All-Defensive Team.
Texas-George Washington Series
This will be the second time these two schools have met in the sport of women's basketball ... Texas and George Washington played on Nov. 29, 1991 in the first round of the 7-Up/Desert Classic in Las Vegas, where GW came away with a 70-62 win.
Team Stat Leaders
Through three games, the Longhorns have three freshmen among the top four scorers and a freshman leading the way in rebounds and blocked shots ... Rookie 5-10 guard Erika Arriaran leads the balanced scoring attack with 12.0 ppg, followed by 6-3 junior forward Tiffany Jackson (10.3), 6-4 freshman post Ashley Lindsey (9.0) and 5-6 freshman point guard Carla Cortijo (7.3 ppg) ... Lindsey has emerged as a defensive stopper in the post, averaging a team-high 6.7 rebounds per game ... Of the 22 team blocks, Lindsey has 12 (a 4.0 bpg average) ... As a team, the Longhorns are shooting 68.4 percent from the foul line ... Cortijo is 10-13 in free throws (.769), with the best percentage on the club.
The 1-1 GW Colonials are paced by 5-11 sophomore guard Sarah-Jo Lawrence (11.0 ppg)... Jessica Simmons, a 6-2 senior forward, has a 9.5 ppg average and team-high 7.5 rebounds per game, while 6-3 freshman forward Jazmine Adair (12.0 ppg) and 6-2 freshman Chantelle John (7.0 ppg) follow in the scoring column... Point guard Kimberly Beck, a 5-8 sophomore, is scoring 6.5 ppg with a team-high 11 assists (5.5 apg).
Longhorn Freshmen Step Up
The nation's heralded No. 1 recruiting class is off to a good start at Texas ... In the opener against New Mexico, 5-10 freshman guard Erika Arriaran registered 17 points, tying for the team high, while fellow rookie guard Carla Cortijo added 15 points ... In the win over Sam Houston State, six frosh contributed 47 (of 83) points, or 57 percent ... In addition, the Longhorn freshmen pulled down 39 of UT's 62 rebounds -63 percent of them ... Freshman 6-4 post Ashley Lindsey netted game - and career-highs of 15 points and five blocks to go with six rebounds, while 6-3 freshman Aubry Cook had nine points and nine rebounds; 5-11 rookie guard Crystal Boyd also put up solid numbers, getting nine points, four rebounds, four assists and four steals.
Then, in the first round against South Carolina in the Junkanoo Jam tourney on Friday, the rookie duo of Arriaran and Lindsey paced the Horns ... Arriaran netted a game-high 14 points and had a team-high four steals, while Lindsey was a defensive force, finishing with a career-high and game-high tying 10 rebounds and collected eight points ... For the second game in a row, Lindsey had five blocks (game-high)... In the last two games, Lindsey has recorded 23 points, 16 rebounds and 10 blocks (11.5 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 5.0 bpg).
Longhorn Record Watch
Senior guard Nina Norman has 344 all-time assists, just ONE away from tying for the No. 8 position, held by Esoleta Whaley (345, 1980-84) ... She is 59 away from the No. 7 spot, held by Angie Jo Ogletree (403, 1993-97)... Norman led the Longhorns in assists the last two years, dishing out a career-best 142 in 35 games (4.1 as a sophomore) and 98 more a year ago (3.5 apg) in 28 contests.
Junior Tiffany Jackson (105 blocked shots) needs one block to move into a tie for the No. 8 position, held by Cinietra Henderson who had 106 rejections from 1989-93.