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TEXAS (15-12, 5-10 Big 12) vs. Oklahoma (18-9, 10-5 Big 12)

Horns for Hope - Shoot for a Cure

Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012 • 5 p.m. Central • FSN
Frank Erwin Center (16,734) • Austin, Texas

TELEVISION: The game will be televised nationally by FSN. Brent Stover (pxp) and Brenda VanLengen (analyst) will call the action.
RADIO: KVET-AM 1300 “The Zone” will broadcast Saturday’s game against Oklahoma. Jon Madani (pxp) and Carol Ross (analyst) will handle the call.  
SERIES: Texas, 22-19. Last meeting: Oklahoma 73-67 (Jan. 21, 2012; Norman, Okla.).

• 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 981 points through 125 career games while Fussell has tallied 959 points in 59 games played. They would join senior guard Ashleigh Fontenette in Texas’ exclusive club.

• Hartung Putting Up Strong Numbers ... In the last four games, sophomore forward Anne Marie Hartung is leading the Horns with 7.8 rebounds per game while contributing 7.5 points per game. She is also shooting 48.3 percent (14-29) from the field while playing 27.0 minutes pg.

• 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 (99-62). She is also just five wins away from her 500th overall Division I victory (495-161).

• Horns for Hope ... The Horns for Hope initiative for community enrichment is proud to help raise breast cancer awareness throughout the campus and community. UT Athletics asks Longhorns fans to join us by wearing pink and supporting the cause for the annual Shoot for a Cure.

Series vs. Oklahoma
Saturday’s contest marks the 42nd meeting between Red River rivals Texas and Oklahoma. Texas holds a 22-19 advantage in the all-time series that began with five-straight UT victories on Nov. 17, 1979, in Norman. The Longhorns last victory in the series was a 75-57 decision at the Lloyd Noble Center on Feb. 3, 2010. The Sooners have since won the last four contests. Texas holds an 11-7 edge when the teams meet in Austin.   

Series Quick Facts
Overall Series Record - Texas, 22-19
Most UT points - 87 (twice)
Most Oklahoma points - 97 (Jan. 17, 1998)
Fewest UT points - 47 (Mar. 13, 2004)
Fewest Oklahoma points - 36 (Feb. 26, 2005)
Biggest UT margin - 36 (72-36; Feb. 26, 2005)
Biggest Oklahoma margin - 29 (Feb. 19, 2011)
In overtime - Texas, 2-1  

Flashback: at Oklahoma (Jan. 21, 2012)
Oklahoma scored the first seven points of the game and never looked back as the Sooners took down Texas, 73-67, at the Lloyd Noble Center. Three Sooners finished in double figures. Aaryn Ellenberg led all scorers with 18 points, while Morgan Hook and Sharane Campbell added 17 and 15 points, respectively. Yvonne Anderson led the Longhorns with 15 points. Chelsea Bass finished with 13, Nneka Enemkpali recorded a career-high 11 points and Chassidy Fussell added 10. The Longhorns shot just 30.7 percent from the field for the game. UT cut Oklahoma’s lead to five points with 16:27 left in the second half. That was the closest the Longhorns would come, as the Sooners answered with a 9-0 run.

Last Time Out: at No. 1/1 Baylor (Feb. 21, 2012)
Brittney Griner had 18 points with 10 rebounds and top-ranked Baylor claimed the outright Big 12 title with an 80-59 victory over Texas on Tuesday night. Kimetria Hayden had 17 points in 21 minutes for the Lady Bears, and Brooklyn Pope had 13 points. Destiny Williams had 11 points and 10 rebounds for her 11th double-double in 52 career games. Yvonne Anderson had 16 points to lead Texas. Chassidy Fussell had 13 points and 13 rebounds for her first career double-double. Baylor jumped out to a 15-3 lead in the first 7 minutes. The only points for the Longhorns during that stretch came on Fussell’s 3-pointer from the right wing 2 1/2 minutes into the game. They then missed eight shots in a row over the next 5 minutes before Fussell finally made a jumper. After Pope’s strong move inside for a layup with 10:35 left in the first half put the Lady Bears up 18-7, they maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the game. Three Texas starters were scoreless at halftime, when the Longhorns trailed 40-20 and were shooting only 21 percent (8 of 39). They finished shooting 34 percent (25 of 73).

Bass Returns After Midseason Injury
Sophomore guard Chelsea Bass returned to Texas’ active roster in its loss at Kansas State (Feb. 18). The sophomore guard missed five straight games after injuring her left ankle in practice on Jan. 31. Since returning to play, Bass is averaging 9.0 ppg on 8-of-13 shooting (61.5 percent) from the field and playing 20.5 minutes pg.   

Seeing Double
Senior guard Ashleigh Fontenette leads Texas with two double-doubles this season while Chassidy Fussell notched her career first against No. 1 Baylor (Feb. 21). Fontenette dished out a career-high tying 10 assists and 14 points against Grambling State (Dec. 20) and recorded her first points-rebounds double-double of the season (19 points, 10 rebounds) against Texas Tech (Feb. 15). Fussell’s first ever double-double came when recording a career-high 13 rebounds and adding as many points against the Lady Bears.

What’s the Difference?
The big statistical difference in Texas’ 15 wins and 12 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.

Home vs. Away
The friendly confines of the Frank Erwin Center are advantageous to the Longhorns in more ways than one. Texas averages 69.8 ppg on 42.9 percent shooting and outrebounds its opponent by 5.3 rpg when playing on its home court.

Stingy Defense
The Longhorns have held 18 opponents to under 40% from the field and six to under 30% this season. Delaware State’s 35 points were the fewest by a Texas opponent in non-conference games, while Texas allowed Oklahoma State (Feb. 11) just 53 points for an opponent low in Big 12 Conference games.

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