Women's Basketball preview: vs. California (Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort Showdown)
Nov. 26, 2011
No. 24/22 TEXAS (3-1) vs. California (3-1)
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: Texas, 3-2. Last meeting: Cal 92-82 (Nov. 25, 1994; Berkeley, Calif.)
Team Ball ... Texas was the epitome of team ball in its game against No. 22 Virginia on Friday afternoon. The Longhorns combined for 15 assists, including a game-high six by senior guard Ashleigh Fontenette, on 23 field goals.
Threes are Falling ... After connecting on just 11 3-point field goals in the first three games, the Longhorns hit seven treys against the Cavaliers. Sophomore guard Chassidy Fussell tied her career-high with four made from beyond the arc.
Hot Hands ... Sophomore guard Chassidy Fussell scored a career-high 30 points (9-of-16 FG, 4-of-9 3FG, 8-of-10 FT) against UVa on Friday afternoon. In 36 collegiate games, Fussell has scored 20 or more points 14 times.
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).
Series vs. California
Saturday's contest marks sixth-ever contest between Texas and Cal and the first since the two teams last met on Nov. 25, 1994 in Berkeley. The Longhorns own a 3-2 advantage in the all-time series against the Golden Bears, but dropped the last game by a final score of 92-82. Cal is the second Pac-12 opponent UT will face this year after opening the season against then-No. 5 Stanford.
Overall Series Record - Texas, 3-2
Goestenkors all-time vs. Cal - 0-1
Most UT points - 96 (Dec. 30, 1993)
Most Cal points - 92 (Nov. 25, 1994)
Fewest UT points - 67 (Nov. 23, 1981)
Fewest Cal points - 63 (Dec. 13, 1982)
Largest UT margin - 18 (Dec. 13, 1982; 81-63)
Largest Cal margin - 10 (Nov. 25, 1994; 92-82)
In overtime - N/A
Walk the Line
Sophomore guard Chassidy Fussell leads UT from the free throw line with a 19-of-21 mark (.905). Her only two misses of the season came against Virginia where she was 8-of-10 from the line.
To Serve and Protect
Senior guards Yvonne Anderson and Ashleigh Fontenette have combined for 38 of Texas' 62 assists this season. Anderson leads the team with 23 assists while Fontenette has dished out 15. In addition, Fontenette boasts a 3-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio through four games.
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. No. 22 Virginia (Nov. 25, 2011)
The No. 24 Texas Women's Basketball team topped No. 22 Virginia 79-53 in the opening game of the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort Showdown Friday afternoon at the Stan Sheriff Center. Sophomore guard Chassidy Fussell scored a career-high 30 points on 9-of-16 shooting including a 4-of-9 mark from beyond the arc. Texas (3-1) rolled easily to a 43-25 halftime lead. Ashleigh Fontenette had 11 points and six assists and Anne Marie Hartung added 10 points and had a game-high eight rebounds for the Longhorns, who held a 40-24 edge on the boards. Texas led 11-9 when it went on a 13-0 run, and the Longhorns led by as many as 26 points in the first half en route to handing Virginia its first loss of the season. Ariana Moorer led Virginia (4-1) with 17 points and China Crosby added 12 points. The Cavaliers shot just 31 percent from the field.