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Episode 49 of On Second Thought: Kirk and Ced discuss Dell Match Play; Rick Cantu talks about Texas women vs. Stanford

In Episode 49 of On Second Thought, Cedric Golden and Kirk Bohls take the show on the road to the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club. Also, they discuss Jarrett Allen’s decision and are joined by Texas women’s basketball writer Rick Cantu, who breaks down Friday’s Sweet Sixteen … 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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Texas women to play Stanford on Friday in Sweet 16

No. 3 seed Texas will play No. 2 seed Stanford in the Sweet 16 at 8 p.m. on Friday in Lexington, Ky at Rupp Arena. Stanford beat Kansas State 69-48 on Monday. The Longhorns beat Stanford in the Sweet 16 in 1988 and are 4-6 all-time against the Cardinal. Stanford … Read More

Lashann Higgs, Alecia Sutton are showing how deep the Texas women truly are

To be Lashann Higgs. To be Alecia Sutton. To have to come off the bench and be ready whenever you’re called. Or needed. Just like Sunday afternoon, in Texas’ 84-80 second-round thriller over North Carolina State in the NCAA women’s basketball tournament. The third-seeded Longhorns (25-8) are headed to their … 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

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A sweet (16) look at Texas women’s postseason history

The Texas women’s team is dancing to Lexington, Ky., a state that’s home to bluegrass (both the grass and the music), smoked mutton, bourbon and basketball fans that are both the worst and best in the world. Few states love basketball more than the state of Kentucky, … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Joyner Holmes is still a freshman, but we’re watching her grow with every game

Joyner Holmes will be great one day. She gave us a glimpse against North Carolina State on Sunday. The Texas freshman made the two biggest plays of her young career and the Longhorns lived to play another day in the NCAAs. “Our little ol’ freshman came up big today,” coach … 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

UConn remains the women’s gold standard that Texas and the rest are trying to reach

Wes Moore was a diehard Dallas Cowboys fan when the oft-proclaimed “America’s Team” was still among the NFL’s elite. The women’s basketball coach for the North Carolina State Wolfpack was well aware that the Cowboys were — and probably still are — a polarizing team. “You either love ‘em or … Read More

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NCAA Tournament second round game time set for Texas

The Texas Longhorns’ second-round contest against North Carolina State in the women’s NCAA Tournament has been set for 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2 and can be heard on radio 105.3. The Longhorns are coming off a 78-50 win over Central Arkansas in the first … Read More

Texas NCAA notebook: Aston concerned about Horns’ first-game turnovers

Even in a 28-point victory, Texas coach Karen Aston was concerned by her team’s turnovers during the Longhorns’ 78-50 win over Central Arkansas. The Longhorns averaged 15.1 turnovers in this season, ranking 137th in the country. They had 21 on Friday. “At this time of the year, there’s such a … Read More

Taller Texas women breeze past Central Arkansas in first-round win, 78-50

A game filled with turnovers, missed defensive assignments and lack of offensive rhythm rings hollow when one considers the bottom line. Texas 78, Central Arkansas 50. As expected, the third-seeded Longhorns cruised to an easy victory in the first round the NCAA women’s basketball tournament on Friday. They flexed their … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Mack Brown’s words ring true for the Texas women, who have big goals to go

The Texas women’s basketball team dispatched overmatched Central Arkansas in short order, but before Friday afternoon’s game, it was show and tell time. Prior to the first-round NCAA Tournament game, a prominent visitor to the home locker room at the Erwin Center told the third-seeded Longhorns they can win a … Read More

North Carolina State tops cold-shooting Auburn, will meet Texas in second round

A 24-percent shooting percentage isn’t going to win you many basketball games. Just ask Auburn. That’s what the Tigers shot on Friday in the first-round of the NCAA women’s tournament. They took 59 shots. They made only 14 of them. And they lost to sixth-seeded North Carolina State at the … Read More

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First take: Longhorns 78, Central Arkansas 50

Brooke McCarty scored 15 points and Joyner Holmes added 10 as third-seeded Texas defeated 14th-seeded Central Arkansas 78-50 in the first round of the NCAA women’s basketball tournament Friday at the Erwin Center. Texas (24-8) advances to play North Carolina State in the second round Sunday at the Erwin Center. Read More

NCAA-Austin notebook: Smaller Sugar Bears face a tall task against Texas

Central Arkansas coach Sandra Rushing boasted about her team’s mascot Thursday, one day before its NCAA women’s basketball tournament first-round game against Texas. The Sugar Bears. “We’ve got the best mascot in the country,” Rushing said. “Someone asked where it came from. I said it’s because we’re sweet.” Sweet, perhaps, … Read More