Women's Basketball begins demanding three-game road swing
AUSTIN, Texas -- The No. 19 Texas women's basketball team begins a crucial stretch of competition this week when the Longhorns embark on a three-game road swing, with two of the games against top-10 opponents and another against an undefeated team. Each of the games will be nationally televised as well.
Jody Conradt's Longhorns, never a program to shy away from the nation's top competition, have a schedule which is ranked the toughest in the nation in this week's . Texas is ranked No. 9 in the overall RPI standings as well.
To date this year, Texas is 4-2 at home, 0-1 in away games and 2-0 at neutral sites.
On Friday (Dec. 30), Jody Conradt's Longhorns are at No. 9 Rutgers for a 6 p.m. (Central) clash with the 8-1 Scarlet Knights. Texas brings a three-game win streak into that contest. The Longhorns last played on Dec. 21 when they defeated Texas A&M-Corpus Christ in Austin, 77-65. Rutgers saw its eight-game win streak snapped in its last outing - a 67-57 loss at Mississippi on Dec. 14.
The Scarlet Knights are the third top-10 ranked opponent in UT's first 10 games, as Texas faced the nation's top two teams (Tennessee and Duke) in back-to-back games in December.
The Texas-Rutgers game airs on College Sports TV (CSTV) and will be broadcast on KVET Radio (1300 AM) in Central Texas and via a internet broadcast at Yahoo! Sports (subscription-based).
Of this week's AP Top 25 teams, a total of seven are on Texas' regular season schedule - No. 1 Tennessee, No. 2 Duke, No. 4 Baylor, No. 8 UConn, No. 9 Rutgers, No. 16 New Mexico and No. 20 Oklahoma.
Following the Rutgers game, Texas begins the Big 12 Conference slate with games at undefeated (9-0) Kansas (Jan. 3, 6 p.m. on CSTV) and at defending NCAA titlist and No. 4/4 Baylor (Sat., Jan. 7, 3 p.m. on FSN). Last year, the Longhorns finished second in Big 12 regular season play with a 14-2 mark, behind Baylor. In the last three years, the Longhorns have earned two Big 12 league regular season titles (2003 and 2004) before their runnerup finish a year ago.
To follow the Longhorns on the road, check out the "Game Day" information at TexasSports.com, for information on TV, radio and internet coverage, as well as information on fan Austin "watch parties" and bus trips to selected games.