Dec. 19, 2011
Complete Texas Game Notes
No. 24/24 TEXAS (8-2) vs. Grambling State (4-4)
Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011 • 7:08 p.m. Central • LHN
Frank Erwin Center (16,734) • Austin, Texas
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS
TELEVISION: The game will be televised by Longhorn Network. Carter Blackburn (pxp) and Fran Harris (analyst) will call the action.
RADIO: KVET-AM 1300 "The Zone" will broadcast Tuesday's game against Grambling State. Jon Madani (pxp) and Carol Ross (analyst) will handle the call.
SERIES: First meeting
• Second-half Steam ... Texas outshot North Texas 69.6%-31.3% in the second half. UT utilized a 26-6 second-half run (14:10-6:22, with 13 points from Chassidy Fussell) to overcome a 13-point deficit.
• Fussell Catching Fire ... Sophomore guard Chassidy Fussell recorded back-to-back 20+ point games last week with 22 points against Arkansas-Pine Bluff and 20 more when facing North Texas. Her combined 42 points are the most in consecutive games by any Longhorn player this season.
• Fontenette Dishing it Out ... Senior guard Ashleigh Fontenette dished out nine assists in each of Texas' last two games and is averaging 4.1 apg overall.
• Defense Wins ... Texas has held its last nine opponents to under 40% field-goal shooting. The Longhorns' last three opponents have shot just 30.5% (55-of-180) from the field.
• Goestenkors at Home ... Fifth-year head coach Gail Goestenkors boasts a 51-16 all-time record at the Frank Erwin Center and is 32-2 against non-conference opponents at home.
Series vs. Grambling State
Tuesday's contest marks the first-ever meeting between Texas and Grambling State.
Texas vs. Southwestern Athletic Conference Foes
The Horns have posted a 15-1 record against current members of the Southwestern Athletic Conference entering Tuesday's game (2-0 vs. Alcorn State, 2-0 vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 1-0 vs. Mississippi Valley State, 2-1 vs. Prairie View A&M, 4-0 vs. Southern, 4-0 vs. Texas Southern). Grambling State is Texas' third SWAC opponent of the season.
Goestenkors vs. Grambling State
Tuesday's contest marks the first meeting between head coach Gail Goestenkors and Grambling State. Goestenkors is 6-0 all-time against Southwestern Athletic Conference opponents, including wins over Southern (2006), Texas Southern (2009), Arkansas-Pine Bluff (2010, 2011), Mississippi Valley State (2010) and Alcorn State (2011).
On Dec. 18, senior Yvonne Anderson, resdhirt sophomore Cokie Reed and sophomore Chassidy Fussell made the 100-mile trek from Austin to Waco - Reed's hometown - to watch No. 1 Baylor and No. 2 UConn.
Guards Getting Game Time
Texas' guard corps has seen plenty of minutes due to injuries among its bench. Senior Yvonne Anderson is averaging a team-high 31.8 mpg and sophomore Chassidy Fussell is just behind at 31.7. Senior Ashleigh Fontenette is logging 28.8 mpg and sophomore Chelsea Bass is adding 19.3 off the bench.
Reed Returning to Offensive Form
Sophomore post Cokie Reed is averaging 11.3 ppg over the last three contests as opposed to 7.6 ppg through the first seven games of the season.
Last Time Out: vs. North Texas (Dec. 17, 2011)
Chassidy Fussell scored 20 points and No. 24 Texas rallied after an early scare to beat North Texas 71-62. Chelsea Bass added 13 points in her first start of the season for the Longhorns, who remained undefeated against North Texas with the second-closest final score in the 35-year history of the series. Laura McCoy scored 14 points for the Mean Green and North Texas held a 34-25 lead at intermission. UNT rattled off four 3-pointers after the break and led by as many as 11 before Texas went on a 30-9 run to take over the game.
Bass Leading Bench
Sophomore guard Chelsea Bass has lead Texas' bench this season with 6.4 ppg and 1.9 rpg. She collected a season-high five rebounds, sank a season-high four free throws and logged a season-high 24 minutes against Michigan State after missing the first two games of the season due to post-concussion symptoms. She scored a season-high 13 points against North Texas in her first start of the season.
Gayle and Fussell in National Rankings
Senior post Ashley Gayle's 4.2 blocks per game ranks fourth in the latest NCAA Division I rankings (Dec. 19) while sophomore guard Chassidy Fussell is ranked 25th nationally with a .897 (35-of-39) mark from the free throw line.