Ho-hum, another All-American? Destiny Littleton gives Texas another big scorer

Destiny Littleton said she noticed a missing piece from the Texas lineup while watching the Longhorns’ Sweet 16 loss to Stanford during the NCAA Tournament last month. The Longhorns, she said, needed a perimeter shooter to complement Brooke McCarty, their junior point guard. Did Littleton have anybody in mind? “Texas … Read More

McDonald’s All-American leaves USC, chooses to play for Texas

Texas was satisfied to enter the 2017-18 season with two new McDonald’s All-America basketball players. On Tuesday night, the Longhorns unexpectedly received a pledge from a third. Destiny Littleton, a 5-9 guard from La Jolla, Calif., announced on her Twitter account that she will be a Longhorn next season. Littleton, … Read More

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Texas hires sports performance coach for women’s basketball team

On Monday, Texas women’s basketball coach Karen announced that Zack Zillner has been named sports performance coach for the Longhorns. Zillner will develop, implement and supervise the training regimen for the Texas women’s basketball team in various areas — speed, strength, agility, conditioning and flexibility. He also will work collaboratively … Read More

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Texas Coach Karen Aston to serve on USA Basketball committee

Big 12 Coach of the Year Karen Aston has been appointed to the USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Committee, it was announced Monday. George Washington head coach Jennifer Rizzotti will serve as chair of the USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Committee. Kara Lawson Barling, a 2008 gold medalist, will … Read More

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Texas post Kelsey Lang looks forward to WNBA tryout in Dallas on Sunday

After a stellar career at Texas, senior post Kelsey Lang is eager to start a new basketball chapter in her life. It begins Sunday. In Dallas. The 6-5 Longhorns post signed a training camp contract with the Dallas Wings of the WNBA on Monday. “I’m just really excited to have … Read More

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Texas post Kelsey Lang receives invitation from Dallas Wings to work out with WNBA team

The Dallas Wings announced Monday that University of Texas center Kelsey Lang has been signed to a training camp contract. Also, the Wings have signed BYU forward Kalani Purcel. “We look forward to Kalani and Kelsey joining a highly competitive training camp,” Wings President and Chief Executive Officer Greg Bibb … Read More

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Texas women rank fourth in ESPN’s (way too early) basketball poll for 2017-18

In the opinion of one publication, the Texas women’s basketball team continues to get closer to its goal of reaching the Final Four. On Monday, the Longhorns were ranked No. 4 in ESPN.com’s Way-Too-Early Top 25 for the 2017-18 season. According to ESPN bracketologist Charlie Creme, the Longhorns experienced backcourt … Read More

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Texas post Kelsey Lang among hopefuls for Thursday night’s WNBA draft

Among those who will be monitoring the WNBA draft on Thursday night is Kelsey Lang, who just completed her eligibility at the University of Texas. The draft will begin at 6 p.m. in Chicago. Lang hopes to follow former teammate Imani Boyette, who was drafted by the Chicago Sky in … Read More

A Q&A with Karen Aston: Big 12, NCAA championships remain in Texas’ vision

Karen Aston is certain that her basketball team has the players, coaching staff and tradition to make a run at a Big 12 championship. An NCAA title is in her vision, too. When those milestones become realities is the only question. Aston, who just completed her fifth season as Texas’ … Read More

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Texas guard Brooke McCarty named honorable mention on AP All-America team

Junior guard Brooke McCarty has been named an honorable pick on the All-America team by the Associated Press, it was announced Monday. For McCarty, the 2017 Big 12 Conference Player of the Year, it marks the first All-America honors of her career at Texas. McCarty led her team and ranked … Read More

Loss in Lexington does not diminish hope for future Final Four finish for Texas

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The players gathered in the center of a cramped Rupp Arena locker room Friday night for a final group hug. The Texas women brought closure to their season with a tribute to themselves. They thanked seniors Brianna Taylor and Kelsey Lang for their leadership. Huddled together, they raised … Read More

Hot-shooting Stanford rallies to stop Texas, ending UT’s season

LEXINGTON, Ky. — There were no excuses from Texas players or coaches after their season came to a disappointing end. Stanford played better, they said. The Cardinal executed with impressive precision. They shot the ball well and won the battle of the boards. Behind forward Erica McCall and guard Karlie … Read More

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This just in: Stanford 77, Texas 66

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Erica McCall scored 23 points and Stanford rallied in the second half to defeat Texas 77-66, ending the Longhorns season at the Lexington Regional Friday night at Rupp Arena. Stanford, trailing by 7 points at halftime, rallied behind the shooting of Karlie Samuelson, the nation’s No. 2 … Read More

For 30 years, the 3-point shot has benefited the Texas, Stanford women

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Tara VanDerveer had no idea how the three-point shot would impact college basketball until she took her team to China in the summer of 1986. The trip came one year before the NCAA had incorporated the long-range shot. Her Stanford players, who had never even seen a … Read More

Karen Aston to coach against an icon when Texas meets VanDerVeer’s Stanford

Karen Aston is fully aware that she’ll be coaching against a woman with more than 1,000 victories to her credit on Friday night. Texas vs. Stanford promises to be exciting when the two women’s basketball powerhouses square off in the NCAA tournament’s Sweet 16 in Lexington, Ky. The Longhorns and … Read More

Four months later, Texas will take second shot at Stanford in Sweet 16

Joyner Holmes pulled out her laptop Tuesday to relive her rude introduction to college basketball. It was a late-afternoon game on Nov. 14 at Stanford, the 2016-17 season opener for the Texas women’s basketball team. Holmes, one of the top recruits in the country, looked like a lost freshman, finishing … Read More

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A guide for the Sweet 16 regional basketball tournament in Lexington

The Lexington Tournament begins at 6 p.m. Friday. Notre Dame-Ohio State is the opener. Texas-Stanford is set for 8:30 p.m. Here is a look at the four teams. Notre Dame (1 seed) Record: 32-3 Coach: Muffin McGraw (852-267, 35th year) Streak: Won 16 Key player: Guard Lindsay Allen has started … Read More

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Inside the Lexington Regional for Texas women’s basketball

The Lexington Regional Facts and Figures When: Friday (6 p.m. and 8 p.m. CT) and Sunday (11 a.m.) Where: Rupp Arena (23,500 capacity) TV: ESPN2 Semis: No. 3 seed Texas (25-8) will play the winner of Monday night’s game between No. 2 Stanford (29-5) and No. 7 Kansas State (23-10). Read More

Texas women survive second-round scare 84-80, advance to third straight Sweet 16

Survive and advance. That’s the motto that Texas’ women’s basketball team agreed to last week on the eve of the NCAA women’s tournament. The do-or-die mentality — a staple during Karen Aston’s five years with the Longhorns — may have served as inspiration Sunday when the season appeared to be … Read More

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This just in: Texas 84, N.C. State 80

Brooke McCarty scored 23 points and Joyner Holmes hit a clutch bucket in the waning seconds to lift Texas to an 84-80 victory over North Carolina State in an NCAA women’s tournament second-round game Sunday at the Erwin. Texas advances to the Sweet 16 and will play Friday in Lexington, … Read More