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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

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

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

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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

From Africa to Austin, life has been a journey for Texas’ Olamide Aborowa

Karen Aston was on a recruiting trip in Virginia three years ago when she came across a young woman with passion in her eyes and a spring in her step. Texas’ head coach told George Washington, her assistant coach, about the raw talent she saw whose hometown is Lagos, Nigeria. Read More

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Texas has height advantage against ‘sweet’ Sugar Bears

Central Arkansas coach Sandra Rushing boasted about her team’s mascot on the eve of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament 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, but … Read More

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Karen Aston a finalist for national Coach of the Year honors

Texas women’s basketball head coach Karen Aston is among four finalists  for the 2017 Naismith Women’s College Coach of the Year award, it was announced Wednesday by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. This year, fans have a say in the overall voting process. Between March 20-31 fans can visit … Read More

Don’t let the name fool you: Central Arkansas’ Sugar Bears are sweet on defense

Sandra Rushing was a defense-comes-first basketball coach long before she arrived at Central Arkansas five years ago. Rushing was 25 when she was introduced to the women’s team at UTEP in 1990, her first job as a Division I head coach. She shared UTEP’s Special Events Center with Don Haskins, … Read More