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Women's Hoops Preview: Texas vs. No. 1 Baylor

 

Courtesy of www.texassports.com

TEXAS (15-11, 5-9 Big 12) at #1/1 Baylor (27-0, 14-0 Big 12)

Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012 • 6:30 p.m. Central • FSN SW
Ferrell Center (10,284) • Waco, Texas

GAME DAY QUICK FACTS
TELEVISION: The game will be televised regionally by FSN SW. Ron Thulin (pxp) and Brenda VanLengen (analyst) will call the action.
RADIO: KVET-AM 1300 “The Zone” will broadcast Tuesday’s game at Baylor. Craig Way (pxp) and Carol Ross (analyst) will handle the call.  
SERIES: Texas, 57-24. Last meeting: Baylor 77-59 (Jan. 15, 2012; Austin).

NOTABLES
• Anderson and Fussell Eyeing 1k Club ... Senior guard Yvonne Anderson and sophomore guard Chassidy Fussell are on pace to become the 37th and 38th players in Texas history to reach the 1,000 career-points mark. Anderson has accumulated 965 points through 124 career games while Fussell has tallied 946 points in 58 games played. They would join senior guard Ashleigh Fontenette in Texas’ exclusive club.

• Hartung Boasting Strong Numbers ... In the last three games, sophomore forward Anne Marie Hartung is leading the Horns with 9.0 rebounds per game while contributing 10.0 points per game. She is also shooting 51.9 percent (14-27) from the field while playing 28.3 minutes pg.

• Reed vs. Baylor ... Waco-product Cokie Reed faced Baylor twice as a freshman (2009-10) where she averaged 10.0 points per game and 5.5 rebounds per game against the Lady Bears. She missed this year’s previous meeting due to a lower right-leg strain.

• Goestenkors Approaching Century Mark at Texas ... Head coach Gail Goestenkors is closing in on two career milestones as the regular season winds down. Goestenkors is one win shy of her 100th victory at Texas (99-61). She is also just five wins away from her 500th overall Division I victory (495-160).

Series vs. Baylor
Tuesday’s contest marks the 82nd meeting between I-35 foes Texas and Baylor. Texas holds a 57-24 advantage in the all-time series that began on Jan. 21, 1975, with a 116-62 Baylor win in Austin. UT is 5-5 under fourth-year head coach Gail Goestenkors against Baylor, including a 58-55 victory in Waco on Feb. 1, 2009, when UT defeated its’ highest-ranked opponent (then-No. 4/3 Baylor) under Coach G. Texas leads the series 23-14 when the teams meet in Waco.

Series Quick Facts
Overall Series Record - Texas, 57-24
Goestenkors All-Time vs. Baylor - 5-5
Most UT points - 102 (Feb. 22, 1979)
Most BU points - 116 (Jan. 21, 1975)
Fewest UT points - 48 (Jan. 7, 2006)
Fewest BU points - 40 (twice)
Largest UT margin - 51 (92-41; Feb. 7, 1987)
Largest BU margin - 54 (116-62; Jan. 21, 1975)
In overtime - Texas, 2-1  

Flashback: vs. Baylor (Jan. 15, 2012)
Brittney Griner tied her season high with 32 points and added 13 rebounds as No. 1 Baylor stayed unbeaten with a 77-59 win over Texas. Griner made 12 of her first 14 shots and Baylor led by 20 at halftime by using an early 19-0 run to blow the game open. Chassidy Fussell scored 20 points to lead Texas. Forward Cokie Reed, who gives Texas its strongest muscle under the basket, strained her right leg in practice the day before and did not play. That left senior post Ashley Gayle and freshman Nneka Enemkpali to deal with Griner. Griner scored 10 in the 19-0 run. The Longhorns pulled within 11 when Fussell made consecutive 3-pointers before Baylor closed the first half with a 9-1 burst. Gayle picked up her fourth foul just 51 seconds in to the second half. She finished with 12 points. Baylor scored 58 points in the paint and held Texas to just 33 percent shooting.

Second-half Fury
Texas took control of the momentum in the second half against Tech (Feb. 15), repeating it’s winning formula from the game before against Oklahoma State (Feb. 11). Against the Cowgirls, the Longhorns started the final half by hitting six of their first seven shots to take a 17-point lead. OSU pulled within nine points until UT went on an 8-2 run to maintain control of the game. Trailing 49-45 against Tech with 5:19 remaining, the Longhorns went on a 10-0 run to take a 55-49 lead. Fussell’s 3-pointer during that surge gave the Longhorns the lead for good.

Last Time Out: at Kansas State (Feb. 18, 2012)
Kansas State halted Texas’ Big 12 momentum and held the Longhorns to a season-low scoring total in a 65-45 victory on Saturday evening at Bramlage Coliseum. Ashleigh Fontenette was the only Longhorn to reach double figures, leading UT with 10 points and adding five assists and four steals. The teams exchanged leads early on but Kansas State broke the game open with just over seven minutes to play, closing the first half with a seven-point lead. The Wildcats carried the momentum into the second half, quickly widening the gap to 20 points. Tasha Dickey keyed the run with 10 points in the first nine minutes. Chelsea Bass saw her first game action for the Longhorns since January 28 and scored seven second-half points but Texas would get no closer than 11. Dickey led all scorers with 18. Brittany Chambers and Jalana Childs fortified the Kansas State attack with 15 and 14 points, respectively, and Mariah White added 10 rebounds and eight assists. Anne Marie Hartung recorded nine points and seven rebounds for Texas. The Longhorns shot just 31.5 percent from the field.

What’s the Difference?
The big statistical difference in Texas’ 15 wins and 11 losses this season can be traced to the defensive end of the court. In its victories, Texas has held opponents to an average of 52.9 points per contest and a combined 30.3 percent FG shooting, while outrebounding the opponent by +6.6.

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