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Hartnung's career night pushes Texas Women in win

 

AUSTIN, Texas - Anne Marie Hartung scored a career-high 17 points to headline three Texas players in double-digit scoring, as the Texas Women's Basketball team ended a four-game losing streak with a 69-53 victory against Oklahoma State on Saturday at the Frank Erwin Center.

Hartung, who earned her third-straight start, was 8-of-12 from the floor and pulled down a team-high eight rebounds in 34 minutes of play. Chassidy Fussell led all scorers with 20 points, and point guard Yvonne Anderson scored 18 while also contributing a game-high five assists.

The Longhorns led by seven at halftime, but hit six of their first seven shots of the second half to stake a 47-30 lead with 16:01 stillremaining. OSU pulled within nine at the 5:18 mark, but UT responded with an 8-2 run to maintain control of the game.

The Cowgirls (13-8, 5-17 Big 12) were limited to 30 percent shooting. Kendra Suttles led OSU with 16 points, while point guard Tiffany Bias added 12.

UT shot 7-of-18 from 3-point range, and Fussell was 4-of-9 from beyond the arc.

The Longhorns (14-10, 4-8) return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 15 against Texas Tech at the Frank Erwin Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

POSTGAME NOTES

TEAM
-Texas now holds a 25-11 advantage in its all-time series against Oklahoma State

INDIVIDUAL

Yvonne Anderson
-Reached double figures in scoring (18 points) for the 15th game this season and 41st game of her career

Chassidy Fussell
-Scored 20 points or more (20 points) for the 10th game this season and 21st game of her career
-Reached double figures in scoring for the 21st game this season and 49th time of her career

Anne Marie Hartung
-Set career highs in points (17 points) and field goals made (eight)
-Reached double figures in scoring for the fourth game this season and seventh game of her career
-Pulled down a game-high five offensive rebounds

TEXAS QUOTES

HEAD COACH Gail Goestenkors

Opening Statement: I am really proud of the team. We felt we had our backs against the wall, and we talked about the fact that this game would show how tough we were. This team has been tough and resilient all year long. We had to fight. Oklahoma State is an excellent team, so I was proud of the way we came out. I thought we set the tone early. I thought this was one of our best games as far as game movement, working the ball into our post and then kicking the ball out. It was a great team win for us.

On how much pressure she feels looking `big picture': We have looked big picture just to put it on the table, then after that we broke it down game-by-game. There were a lot of games we felt like we could win, if we played the kind of basketball we are capable of playing. Tonight was the first night we were determined that we were going to show how good we could be. This is one down, but we have the next one coming up with Texas Tech. We know the next one will be a battle as well. We are going to fight for everything, and we feel like we're in control of our destiny.

SOPHOMORE FORWARD Anne Marie Hartung

On ending the losing streak: I think it feels good to win tonight and I think we want to continue this feeling. There is still pressure on us, but not as much now that we have won.

On her responsibility as a starter: I am still playing my same role as when I come off the bench. I am just in a starting spot now.

SENIOR GUARD Yvonne Anderson

On whether she felt Texas won the game in the first few minutes of the second half: I think we came out of this game with a different intensity. Shots were not following as much in the first half, but you could feel the intensity level was different. It was kind of a confidence. I felt we had enough that we could make a run even when we were down.

OKLAHOMA STATE QUOTES

HEAD COACH JIM LITTELL

Opening Statement: I credit Texas for playing very well tonight. We knew that we had to do a good job on Chassidy (Fussell). We did at home (earlier this season) and she struggled a bit there. She showed up ready to play tonight. She played extremely well. Anne Marie (Hartung) obviously played very well. We've got a habit of somebody having a career high on us every night out. Credit her for that. She played extremely well. We've got a group that has got to get better on the offensive end as well as the defensive end. Texas had us playing a frantic pace in the first half. I thought we took a lot of hurried and rushed shots and it put them in the automatic transition, which they're very good at when they get going. For us, when you take a bad shot, it's like a turnover and it automatically puts people in an advantage going the other way. I thought was that pretty much the case all night long. They were physical on the boards. They did a good job taking some of our scorers out of the game. And credit them for playing well.

On the difference between playing Texas earlier this season and tonight: They made shots. I don't want to be trite about it, but they shot the ball pretty well. They shot almost 40% from the three(-point) line. Chassidy (Fussell) made shots. Ann Marie (Hartung) stepped up. I don't remember how much she made against us up there (at home), but I know she didn't get 17. I thought we played at a better pace offensively at home and were a lot better offensively. We regressed tonight and I thought they made great strides tonight. You've got to give them great credit for taking us out of what we do offensively.

On the first five minutes of the second half: They hit some tough shots and they have some tough matchups. We're just inexperienced in some spots. Some seniors were making us look like freshmen at times, which we are. They just ran good offensive plays tonight. I thought they screened well and got their shooters open. They came off screens and hit shots. You look at the shooting percentage and that tells you what the big difference was in this game. We cut it (the UT lead) to 10 or 12 in the second half. Then we gave up three consecutive offensive boards and Texas got up to 16 or 18 points again. We don't have a large enough margin of error that we can miss layups and we missed about five or six layups that would have kept us in the ballgame.

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