Women's Basketball Archives

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Once and future rivals, Texas’ Schaefer, A&M’s Blair share competitive DNA

It was years ago, back in 1992 after an insignificant basketball game, and Gary Blair’s dominant Stephen F. Austin women’s basketball team had just thrashed Vic Schaefer’s overmatched Sam Houston State team. Insignificant being a very relative term. The two coaching rivals, who’d both prefer a 2-by-4 against their heads … Read More

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Texas ex Joyner Holmes projected to go 9th overall in WNBA draft

The Dallas Wings have a chance to load up in the forthcoming WNBA draft on April 17. They have four first-round picks and two in the second, a cache of artillery to do just about anything they want. At least one of those picks might be … Read More

Vic Schaefer joins Texas: ‘I’ve got no desire to just be good. I want to win championships’

For eight years, Vic Schaefer ended his Mississippi State press conferences with the same message. “Praise the Lord and go Dawgs.” Everything in Schaefer’s life, he believes, is driven by a higher purpose. “God has you in a place where he wants you,” … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Schaefer is a great hire, but will we see Title IX fallout?

Chris Del Conte made a great hire. Vic Schaefer has impressive credentials after a pair of national title game appearances at Mississippi State. He represents an upgrade over the departed Karen Aston but also is a male face in a women’s program that has been led by female faces for … Read More

Texas tabs Mississippi State’s Vic Schaefer to coach its women’s basketball team

A key vacancy in the Texas athletic department has been quickly filled. Vic Schaefer has been hired to coach the women’s basketball team at Texas. On Sunday afternoon, UT athletic director Chris Del Conte tweeted out a picture of Schaefer with a caption that read “ … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Time for Texas to make a bold statement in women’s basketball

It’s time to scare Kim Mulkey over her morning coffee. Seriously. Time to deliver a message to the Baylor dynamo before her first Red Bull. Or maybe Mulkey eats nails for breakfast. Regardless, Texas needs to step to the plate, be Texas for a change, pay market value or above … Read More

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Longhorn players react to Texas’ decision to separate from basketball coach Karen Aston

For the first time since 2012 — and fifth time in school history — Texas is on the hunt for a new women’s basketball coach. Texas announced on Friday that it will not extend Karen Aston’s contract. Aston has been UT’s coach for the past eight … Read More

Texas moves on from women’s basketball coach Karen Aston after eight seasons

Texas women’s basketball coach Karen Aston will not return next season, athletic director Chris Del Conte said on Friday. Aston, 55, has coached the Longhorns for the last eight years. The three-year extension that she signed in 2016 is set to expire in August, and she was paid a base … Read More

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Texas sophomore Charli Collier adds to the list of fundraisers for COVID-19 relief

Texas basketball player Charli Collier has set up a fundraiser for COVID-19 relief, the all-conference honoree revealed on Tuesday. Collier has set up a GoFundMe page with a fundraising goal of $500,000. The collected donations will go to non-profit organizations in Houston and Baytown. Collier is … Read More

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From the Archives: Texas caps NCAA’s first perfect season with a win over USC (March 30, 1986)

March 30, 1986 turned out to be a historic day for both Texas’ athletic department and the NCAA. Thirty-four years ago, the Texas women recorded a 97-81 win over Southern California in the NCAA’s championship match. The victory gave Texas its first and only national title in either men’s or … Read More

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Longhorn signees Shay Holle and Elyssa Coleman close out prep careers with all-state accolades

Future Texas basketball players Shay Holle and Elyssa Coleman are two of the 20 honorees on the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches’ Class 6A all-state team. Both players have also earned all-state recognition from the Texas Girls Coaches Association. Holle and Coleman … Read More

Even in coronavirus pandemic, construction continues at Royal-Memorial Stadium, Moody Center

While many workers are stuck at home, construction marches on at Royal-Memorial Stadium and the Moody Center. Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte said “so far, so good” as workers swing hammers and excavate dirt even after Austin and Travis County’s shelter-in-place orders were put … Read More

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One and done? Texas women bounced in the first round of ESPN’s simulated March Madness

The NCAA women’s basketball tournament never got underway this month, but one media outlet has an idea of how March Madness would have gone. On Monday, ESPN published a simulation of the 2020 women’s basketball tournament. The tournament was cancelled by the NCAA on March 12 … Read More

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How did the Texas women score two points in the Associated Press’ final basketball poll?

Since coronavirus concerns led to the cancellation of the NCAA Tournament, a national champion was essentially decided on paper on Tuesday. Ranked first for a tenth straight week, South Carolina (32-1) topped the Associated Press’ final poll for the 2019-20 women’s basketball season. Second-place Oregon (31-2) … Read More

Texas athletes, coaches come to grips with stoppage, all wonder what’s next

Those in the stands cheered the NCAA’s decision to cancel March Madness and all spring championships over coronavirus fears. The competitors in the arena were devastated. “Speechless,” Texas guard Sug Sutton tweeted Thursday. Her Longhorns teammate Joyner Holmes tweeted, “Absolutely speechless… … Read More

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NCAA Tournament canceled, Big 12 suspends all activities over coronavirus outbreak

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — March Madness is over because of the novel coronavirus. Less than an hour before tipoff Thursday, Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte called Shaka Smart, who was in the Sprint Center locker room. The Longhorns’ coach then gave his lieutenant Cody … Read More

March minus the madness: Big 12, NCAA ban fans from basketball tournaments

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby looked downtrodden Wednesday when he announced the league’s men’s and women’s basketball tournaments would have limited fan access over COVID-19 fears. The league made the decision at the end of a whirlwind day where the NCAA took … Read More

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Big 12 announces ‘limited attendance’ policy for men’s, women’s basketball tournaments

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby announced Wednesday that only a small number of fans would be allowed into the league’s men’s and women’s basketball tournaments this week in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. The league made the decision at the … Read More

Texas athletic director comfortable sending athletes into competition over virus fears

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As coronavirus fears grow, Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte said Tuesday he’s comfortable sending Longhorns athletes into competition this week because “we’re following every protocol that we know.” The Texas men’s and women’s basketball teams are headed to Kansas City to … Read More

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Big 12 rewards Texas trio of Collier, Sutton and Taylor

No longer in a complementary role, Texas forward Charli Collier has been paid a compliment by the Big 12. On Monday, the Big 12 announced that Collier was one of 10 first-team honoree on its all-conference team. During the regular season, Collier led Texas in scoring (13.1 points per game) … Read More