Nov. 26, 2008
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#11/9 TEXAS (5-0) vs. Georgia Tech (3-1)
Saturday, Nov. 29, 2008 · 4 p.m. Central
FAU Arena (5,000) · Boca Raton, Fla.
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS
RADIO: KVET (1300 AM Sportsradio The Zone) will broadcast Saturday's game between Texas and Georgia Tech. Fans can also tune into XM Satellite Radio Ch. 231 for all of the action. Craig Way (pxp) and Carol Ross (analyst) will call the game.
INTERNET AUDIO: Listen to Texas Basketball games on subscription-based Yahoo! Sports College Broadcast.
SERIES: Saturday's game will mark the first contest between Texas and Georgia Tech.
· Horns display depth early on ... Texas' bench has outscored the opponents' bench 183-86 through five games this season. In fact, the Longhorns have held their opponents' subs to single digits in all but one game this season, when Saint Mary's bench recorded 51 points to Texas' 46. Not including the contest against the Gaels, the Longhorns are outscoring their opponents by an average of 34-9.
· 5-0 out of the gate ... Texas has now started the season a perfect 5-0 12 times in its 35-year history. The Longhorns first accomplished the feat in their opening season, 1974-75, and last went 5-0 out of the gate in 2003-04. Additionally, head coach Gail Goestenkors has started the season 5-0 eight times in her 17-year head coaching career (seven times while head coach of Duke).
Series vs. Georgia Tech
Last Time OutKathleen Nash
Saturday's game between Texas and Georgia Tech will mark the first contest between the two schools.
and Brittainey Raven
each scored 22 points to lead No. 14 Texas (5-0) to a 105-51 win over Furman on Nov. 23. Nash was 5-of-9 from 3-point range and 5-of-6 on free throws, while Raven went 8-of-10 from the field. The Longhorns led 52-27 at halftime and pushed the lead to 80-37 in the first 10 minutes of the second half. Ashley Gayle
, a 6-foot-4 freshman post, had seven of Texas' 12 blocks, and the Longhorns forced 20 turnovers.
A Check of the Polls
UT is ranked No. 11 in The Associated Press poll (Nov. 24) and broke into the Top 10 in the ESPN/USA Today (Nov. 25) poll at No. 9. The Longhorns are one of 12 teams that remain undefeated in both polls. Texas will face three more teams that are currently ranked in both polls throughout the pre-conference season: No. 9/12 Tennessee (Dec. 14), No. 21/19 Arizona State (Dec. 18) and No. 19/23 Purdue (Jan. 5).
Texas is currently riding a perfect 5-0 record in the month of November. Over the years, the Longhorns have recorded 14 spotless records in November months with their last coming in the 2003-04 season (6-0). UT is 119-27 (.815) all-time in the month of November.
Doubling the Opponent
Through the first five games of the 2008-09 season, the Longhorns have more than doubled their opponents in assists. Texas has recorded 106 assists to its opponents' 41, with senior guard Carla Cortijo dishing out 35. UT is averaging 21.2 apg, which puts the team on target to reach 636 assists this season in 30 regular season games. The team record for most assists in a season is 715 in 35 games (1983-84).
Raven Leading the Longhorns
Junior guard Brittainey Raven is living up to her Preseason All-Big 12 Honorable Mention billing, as she has put together four-straight double-digit performances and led the Longhorns in scoring in their last three games. Raven leads Texas with an average of 17.6 ppg and ranks second on the team with 15 assists (3.0 apg). Additionally, Raven scored Texas' first 12 points in its victory over No. 25/20 Old Dominion.
Kristen Nash for Most Improved
Junior post Kristen Nash is making an early case for the title of Most Improved Longhorn. Nash has grabbed 25 rebounds in five games - second most to her sister Kathleen's 35 rebounds - and tallied 30 points (6.0 ppg). She also leads Texas from the charity stripe with a 10-of-11 (.909) record and is 10-of-19 (.526) from the field. Nash has set or tied career-high marks in five categories already this season.