Dec. 7, 2010
Complete game notes
#21/20 TEXAS (4-2) vs. Texas-Pan American (4-5)
Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010 • 7 p.m. Central
Frank Erwin Center (16,734) • Austin, Texas
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS
TELEVISION: None. Free live video feed at www.TexasSports.tv.
RADIO: KVET-AM 1300 “The Zone” will broadcast Wednesday’s game between Texas and Texas-Pan American. Craig Way (pxp) and Carol Ross (analyst) will call the action.
SERIES: Texas leads, 4-0. Last meeting: Texas 91-43 (Jan. 4, 2008; Austin)
• HAPPY QUINCENTENARY ... Wednesday’s contest marks the 500th game for the Longhorns in the Frank Erwin Center. Texas has posted an all-time record of 421-78 (.844) in the building.
• OWNING THE BOARDS ... Ashley Gayle and Kathleen Nash are tied for second among all Big 12 Conference players with 9.5 rpg. Gayle’s 6.7 defensive rebounds per game rank second in the league, while Nash’s 6.0 drpg places her sixth on the charts. Nash is also tied for fifth with 3.5 offensive boards per game.
• PILING UP THE POINTS ... In four games played at the Frank Erwin Center this year, Texas is averaging 94.5 ppg and a +37.8 scoring margin against its opponents. Furthermore, Texas is the only school in the league with three Top 20 scorers, including Kathleen Nash (11th - 16.7 ppg), Ashleigh Fontenette (14th - 15.8 ppg) and Chassidy Fussell (16th - 15.0 ppg).
• SENIOR LEADERSHIP ...
Senior guard Kathleen Nash
led UT in scoring against Top 25 opponents Stanford and Michigan State with 15.5 ppg. While playing in a team-high 35.0 mpg, Nash also pulled down 4.5 rpg. She went 8-of-16 (.500) from the field and 13-of-15 (.867) from the charity stripe.
SERIES VS. TEXAS-PAN AMERICAN
Wednesday’s contest marks the fifth meeting between Texas and Texas-Pan American. The two teams last met on Jan. 4, 2008, when the Longhorns defeated the Broncs 91-43 in Austin. UT holds a perfect 4-0 all-time record against UTPA.
Overall Series Record - Texas, 4-0
Goestenkors all-time vs. UTPA - 1-0
Most UT points - 94 (Dec. 1, 1977)
Most UTPA points - 49 (Dec. 1, 1977)
Fewest UT points - 75 (Dec. 6, 2006)
Fewest UTPA points - 25 (Dec. 17, 2003)
Largest UT margin - 65 (90-25; Dec. 17, 2003)
In overtime - N/A
GOESTENKORS VS. TEXAS-PAN AMERICAN
Wednesday’s contest marks the second meeting between head coach Gail Goestenkors and Texas-Pan American. Goestenkors last met the Broncs on Jan. 4, 2008, during her first season on the Forty Acres. The Longhorns claimed a 91-43 victory for Coach G’s 12th victory at Texas.
GOESTENKORS VS. TEXAS FOES
In non-conference action, Coach G has amassed a spotless 12-0 record against in-state opponents since taking over the helm of the UT program in 2007. The Broncs are the first non-conference Texas team to visit the Longhorns this season.
A CHECK OF THE POLLS
UT dropped four spots in The Associated Press Poll to No. 17 in the rankings for the fourth week of the season. Previously facing then-No. 3/2 Stanford (Nov. 28) and No. 25/25 Michigan State (Dec. 5) on the road, Texas is scheduled to meet six additional foes that are currently ranked: No. 2/3 Baylor (Jan. 12 in Austin, Feb. 12 in Waco), No. 7/7 Texas A&M (Jan. 19 in College Station, Feb. 27 in Austin), No. 8/8 Tennessee (Dec. 12 in Austin), No. 13/11 Oklahoma (Jan. 16 in Austin, Feb. 19 in Norman), No. 16/17 Iowa State (Feb. 21 in Ames) and No. rv/19 Nebraska (Feb. 15 in Austin).
LAST TIME OUT: AT NO. 25/25 MICHIGAN STATE (DEC. 5)
Lykendra Johnson and Kalisha Keane had 20 points apiece, helping No. 25 Michigan State beat No. 17 Texas 71-57 on Sunday. Johnson also had 11 rebounds for the Spartans, who knocked off a top-20 opponent for the second time in five days. Michigan State (7-1) beat No. 15 Florida State 72-64 in Tallahassee on Wednesday night. Kathleen Nash led the Longhorns with 17 points. Ashleigh Fontenette had 13 and Ashley Gayle finished with 10. Texas (4-2) committed 27 turnovers and lost the rebounding battle 43-40. The Spartans led 31-27 at halftime.
FLASHBACK: VS. UTPA (JAN. 4, 2008)
Texas limited Texas-Pan American to 31.5 percent shooting in a 91-43 victory in Austin on Jan. 4, 2008. The Longhorns had five players in double-digit scoring, led by 13 points from Ashley Lindsey and 11 points apiece from Erneisha Bailey, Brittainey Raven and freshman guard Kathleen Nash. Aubry Cook came off the bench to log her first career double-double with 10 points and a career-high 10 rebounds in just 19 minutes of play. UTPA turned the ball over 25 times to UT’s 13 turnovers, with Texas holding a commanding 35-11 edge in points off turnovers.
The Longhorns are in the midst of a four game span that includes three AP Top 25 opponents. Texas’ stretch began with a 93-78 loss at No. 3 Stanford (Nov. 28) and a 71-57 loss at No. 25 Michigan State (Dec. 5). UT now returns home to take on in-state rival Texas-Pan American (Dec. 8) before hosting No. 4 Tennessee (Dec. 12).
Texas has recorded at least 10 or more steals in five of its six games. Junior guard Ashleigh Fontenette leads the Longhorns with 27 steals and ranks second nationally with 4.5 spg. Texas also leads the Big 12 Conference with 14.3 spg, a mark that stands 10th among all NCAA Division I teams.
FUSSELL EARNS LEAGUE HONOR
Freshman guard Chassidy Fussell was tabbed the Big 12 Freshman of the Week for games contested Nov. 15-21. Fussell averaged 20.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in Texas’ wins over Northwestern State (Nov. 16) and Boston University (Nov. 21). Additionally, she became the first true freshman to begin her Longhorn career with three consecutive double-digit scoring efforts since Heather Schreiber in 2001, after putting up 20 points against Boston.
Senior Kathleen Nash’s pulled down a career-high 20 rebounds against Boston University, becoming the first Longhorn to record 20+ boards since Stacy Stephens pulled down 22 in 2004. Nash and junior post Ashley Gayle lead UT with 9.5 rpg. Texas sports a +8.0 rebounding margin.
Senior guard Kathleen Nash has hit at least one three-point basket in each of Texas’ last 18 games. Her streak dates back to Feb. 7, 2010, when she made three treys in an 81-51 UT win over Texas Tech. Nash holds the UT single-season 3-point percentage record (2009-10; 68-of-144, .472) and finished last season ranked third nationally among all NCAA Division I players.
The Longhorns hold an all-time record of 890-299 (.749) since their inaugural season in 1974-75. Texas’ tradition ranks fifth all-time in both NCAA Division I winning percentage and number of victories.
MOORE BACK IN ACTION
Freshman guard Tiffany Moore returned to action in Texas’ fourth game of the season, an 82-68 win over Idaho State on Nov. 24. Moore fractured her right wrist during practice on Oct. 11 and underwent surgery to repair the injury two days later. She was cleared for practice 43 days following the injury on Nov. 23.
QUARTET IN DOUBLE FIGURES
Four Longhorns are averaging double-digit scoring through six games. Senior guard Kathleen Nash leads UT with 16.7 ppg. Junior guard Ashleigh Fontenette is netting 15.8 ppg and freshman guard Chassidy Fussell is also adding 15.0 ppg. Junior guard Yvonne Anderson rounds out the quartet with 11.7 ppg.