Texas will be Sug Sutton’s show next season, but an imposing frontcourt could be the real star

A glance at the team picture this fall will indicate the Texas women’s basketball team will have an entirely new look next season. Karen Aston will stare up at a potential frontcourt that includes 6-4 Jatarie White, 6-5 Charli Collier and 6-7 Sedona Prince. No one can predict how the … Read More

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Texas senior Ariel Atkins to compete in NCAA three-point contest

Senior Texas guard Ariel Atkins is one of eight women’s college basketball players selected to the 3-Point Championship roster for the 30th annual State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships. The event will take place on Thursday at Bill Greehey Arena on the campus of St. Mary’s University in … Read More

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Texas seniors Brooke McCarty, Ariel Atkins gain national AP recognition

Texas seniors Brooke McCarty and Ariel Atkins have made the 2018 Associated Press All-America team’s honorable mention list. The announcement on Monday comes just three days after the Longhorns were eliminated from the NCAA Tournament. That loss to UCLA did not dampen their four-year careers at the university. Here is … Read More

Curtain falls for Texas seniors Brooke McCarty and Ariel Atkins as UCLA prevails in Sweet 16

Sug Sutton emerged from a somber Texas locker room with tears in her eyes and hope in her heart. UCLA had just ended UT’s season with an 84-75 victory in a Sweet 16 game of the NCAA women’s basketball tournament Friday night at the Sprint Center. Texas finished a successful … Read More

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It’s a final: UCLA 84, Texas 75

KANSAS CITY — The Brooke McCarty-Ariel Atkins Era has come to an end. The Longhorns, plagued with 21 turnovers, saw its season end against UCLA. Bruins guard Jordin Canada scored 22 points in an 84-75 victory in an NCAA Sweet 16 game Friday night at the Sprint Center. Atkins played … Read More

Finally, Central Texas products Lashann Higgs, Japreece Dean meet in the Texas-UCLA Sweet 16

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — When UCLA coach Cori Close arrived in Austin to scout the area’s talent, her telescope was focused on Cedar Ridge shooting guard Lashann Higgs. But when Higgs chose to stay close to home and attend Texas, Close figured her window on Central Texas basketball players had … Read More

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Former Longhorn Vicki Hall named coach at Indiana State

Former University of Texas basketball player Vicki Hall  has been named head women’s basketball coach at Indiana State University. A high school standout in Indiana, she was the state’s 1988 Miss Basketball honor. At Texas (1988-93) she was a three-time All-Southwest Conference player. “I’m so humbled and excited to come … Read More

Sweet 16 matchup between Longhorns, Bruins has look of a ‘track meet’

Arizona State women’s basketball coach Charli Turner Thorne is fully qualified to analyze the Sweet 16 matchup between UCLA and Texas. “It’s going to be a track meet,” said Turner Thorne, whose Sun Devils lost to both teams this season. Turner Thorne’s comments came shortly after Texas routed Arizona State … Read More

McCarty dazzles in final home game as Texas rips ASU in NCAA tournament

By her lofty standards, Brooke McCarty was having an off night until everything exploded early in the second half. Texas was nursing a 40-38 lead against gritty Arizona State when the senior point guard came to life. She would score 12 points and grab five rebounds in the third quarter … Read More

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It’s a final: Texas 85, Arizona State 65

For the fourth straight year, the Texas women’s basketball team is in the Sweet 16. Lashann Higgs led a balanced offense with 19 points as the Longhorns, the No. 2 seed in the Kansas City regional, blew past No. 7 seed Arizona State 85-65  Monday night at the Erwin Center. Read More

NCAA format gives Texas, top seeds home-court advantage in tournament

When it comes to the NCAA women’s basketball tournament, it’s better to have some fans screaming for one team than having no one in the bleachers at all. That’s what the NCAA determined four years ago when it established a new format for the 64-team tournament. The top 16 teams … Read More

Texas stands tall, overwhelms Maine in tournament opener

Texas sharpened its claws for the NCAA basketball tournament by playing in the Big 12, traditionally one of the toughest conferences in the nation. The Longhorns had the 17th toughest schedule (out of 349) teams in the nation. They played Baylor three times. They have played heavyweights such as UConn, … Read More

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It’s a final: Texas 83, Maine 54

The first step of the Texas basketball team’s journey through the NCAA women’s basketball tournament is complete. Bring on Arizona State. As expected, No. 2 seed Texas had little trouble against No. 15 Maine, rolling to an 83-54 victory Saturday night at the Erwin Center. Ariel Atkins drilled a three-pointer … Read More

Notebook: Texas opponent Maine boasts roster with international flair

Maine enters the NCAA women’s basketball tournament with a roster that would make the United Nations proud. The starting lineup includes players from Spain, Sweden, Israel and Canada. Coming off the bench is a player from Germany. “No matter where you are in this world, that round ball can unite … Read More

On guard! Texas women flirt with adding a fourth guard for first-round matchup with Maine

Texas coach Karen Aston, her team stacked with backcourt talent, has favored a three-guard offense the entire season. Occasionally, though, the Longhorns have scattered the court with four guards. Such might be the case again Saturday when eighth-ranked Texas takes on Maine, a team whose tallest starter is a mere … Read More

Long-sought Final Four trip would stamp Texas as elite women’s program

During the past five seasons, Karen Aston’s basketball team has been a model of excellence, a consistent winner and an NCAA Tournament fixture. The Longhorns are 128-43 over that span and have been to the NCAAs all five years. That includes one trip to the Elite Eight and three others … Read More

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Texas forward Rellah Boothe will not play in NCAAs

Texas forward Rellah Boothe will be unavailable for postseason competition due to personal reasons, head coach Karen Aston announced Thursday. This could have a negative impact for a team that lacks depth in the frontcourt. The 6-3 freshman from Bradenton, Fla., averaged 5.1 points and 3.6 rebounds in 19 games. Read More

Pierce, former Horns recall Garrido’s passions, counsel and fiery rants

  About a week ago, Texas baseball coach David Pierce received a text message from Augie Garrido. “I want you to know how I appreciate our friendship,” Garrido wrote to the man who stepped into his spot in the Longhorns’ dugout. Pierce recalled that message Thursday while talking about his … Read More

When it’s NCAA Tournament time, backcourts often stand taller

When it comes NCAA Tournament basketball, it’s best to be on guard. That’s the opinion of Texas women’s basketball coach Karen Aston, who has seen the sport evolve since she began her coaching career as a Baylor assistant in 1994. Aston was speaking specifically about the NCAA women’s tournament, which … Read More

Texas women earn No. 2 seed, placed in Kansas City regional for NCAA Tournament

Texas will be a No. 2 seed in this year’s NCAA Tournament, opening at home for the first two rounds and placed in the Kansas City regional along with top-seeded Mississippi State. But Longhorns guards Ariel Atkins and Lashann Higgs said they cannot allow themselves to look too far ahead … Read More