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AUSTIN, Texas - Following Ashleigh Fontenette's second double-double of the season, and a game-high 20 points from Chassidy Fussell, the Texas Women's Basketball team defeated Texas Tech, 63-54, for its second-straight Big 12 victory on Wednesday night at the Frank Erwin Center.
The game featured five lead changes and seven ties, but Fussell's 3-pointer with 4:15 left to play gave the Longhorns the lead for good.
As a team, the Longhorns shot 55 percent in the second half, and UT needed contributions from the entire roster to overcome the Red Raiders, who led by as many as seven.
One game after scoring a career-high 17 points against Oklahoma State, Anne Marie Hartung matched another career high with 12 rebounds. Fontenette finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Fontenette scored 13 of her points in the critical final 20 minutes.
This marked the third-straight game to see Fussell score at least 20 points, and she scored nine in the final six minutes of play as the Longhorns stayed in front of Tech.
Both Fontenette and Fussell played the entire 40 minutes.
In addition, senior guard Yvonne Anderson scored six of her nine points in the final five minutes. Anderson also dished out a game-high seven assists.
Tech shot just 32 percent for the game, and the Red Raiders' 16 turnovers contributed to 15 fast-break points for UT.
The Longhorns will take on Kansas State on Saturday, Feb. 18, in Manhattan, Kan. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. Central.
- Texas holds a 61-26 advantage in its all-time series against Texas Tech and has won its last six games against the Lady Raiders at the Erwin Center.
- Texas outrebounded Texas Tech by a 44-33 margin.
- Texas outscored Texas Tech in the paint by a 34-14 margin
- Trailing 49-45 in the second half, Texas went on a 10-0 run over a 1:31 span (5:19-3:48) to take a 55-49 lead
- Texas set a season high in free throw accuracy (10-of-10, 100%)
- Texas has held its last two opponents to 37-of-121 FG shooting (30.6%)
- Recorded her first points-rebounds double-double of the season (19 points, 10 rebounds) and the third points-rebounds double-double of her career (also has a points-assists double-double)
- Reached double figures in scoring for the 15th game this season and 61st game of her career
- Set a new season high in rebounds (10) and field goals made (nine)
-Scored 20 points or more (20 points) for the 11th game this season and 22nd game of her career
-Reached double figures in scoring for the 22nd this season and the 50th game of her career
Anne Marie Hartung
- Tied her career high in rebounds (12)
- Reached double figures in rebounding for the second game of her career
HEAD COACH Gail Goestenkors
Opening statement: We're just really glad to come away with a win. That first half was one of our worse halves of the year. We kept turning the ball over. I was kind of surprised because we had a really good practice yesterday. I felt good about things and then I don't know what happened. We just didn't seem to be able to hold on to the ball. I give Texas Tech credit because they are an excellent defensive team and we let that bother us. I'm proud of the resiliency once again of this team. We went down but we fought back. I told them in the locker room that sometimes you just have to find a way to win and sometimes you have to win ugly, and I think that's what happened today. At halftime we hadn't gone to the free throw line so we really needed to make an effort to shoot free throws. We then went 10-for-10 from the line, and I think that was huge. We also wanted to outrebound Texas Tech because they outrebounded us at their place. We out-rebounded them by 11 here and I thought that was huge.
On the game's last five minutes: I just thought that there was tremendous determination. Ashleigh Fontenette played like a warrior the entire game, and she was really determined to win this game. Then, Chassidy Fussell hit those back-to-back buckets, and that was kind of a back breaker for them. I think our team as a whole, but our guards in particular, had it in their minds that they were not going to lose this game.
On the next game against Kansas State: We need to take care of the ball. We need to take advantage of as many chances to score as we can. That's going to be huge for us, especially on the road. We need to get to the free throw line more, too. When you get to the free throw line, that means you're being aggressive, and that's what we need to be. We need to rebound well again too.
SENIOR GUARD Ashleigh Fontenette
On refusing to lose: I think recently we've been talking about what we need to do in the games. Tonight we came out and we said, "We are not going to lose this game." We kept talking about it, and we knew we had to just keep going at it and that things would start falling for us. We kept our confidence in each other. Even going into halftime, we knew that as bad as we were playing we were only down by two, so it could only get better from there.
SOPHOMORE GUARD Chassidy Fussell
On the first two-game win streak in conference play: Well, obviously we didn't start out the conference like we wanted to but it feels pretty good to get have this two-game win streak. We need to go to Kansas State and get another one.
TEXAS TECH QUOTES
HEAD COACH KRISTY CURRY
On the difference in the game: There were two keys on the board to start the game. The first one was transition defense and making sure that our one (point guard) understood they had to stop the ball. It was constantly going north and south and we wanted to make it go east to west. We didn't get the job done transition defense-wise. The second one was rebounding and we obviously go outrebounded. Those are two keys that you have to understand the importance of. We had a really disappointing night at times. Our smalls didn't have their best night. We just didn't do a very good job transition defense
On what was keeping the team in the game when Tech was up seven midway through the second half: I thought we had some people step up. [Junior guard] Chynna [Brown] hit some big shots and [Junior guard] Casey [Morris] hit some big shots. It's great to have [Senior forward] Kierra [Mallard] coming back and playing hard. We are playing with a lot of energy and are playing aggressive. I thought we were aggressive through that stretch and were able to finish with some makes. That was the difference down the stretch. (Chassidy) Fussell hit some big shots and we were not able to come down and make some big shots ourselves. We have to credit Texas. They did a good job of making plays down the stretch and we did not.
JUNIOR GUARD CASEY MORRIS
On what happened in the last five minutes of the game: The game is more mental than physical and we needed to execute in that sense. We had mess-ups that we couldn't afford. I think we beat ourselves tonight, but we will pick back up and stay positive.
On the morale of the team: We are staying positive and staying together as a family. This is a part of basketball, having wins and losses. We are trying to keep our heads up and know that our goal is to get where we want to get. That is still a possibility for us and very doable. We want to stay positive and stay together.