Sweet 16 notebook: Imani Boyette faces old friends, foes in UCLA matchup

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Texas senior Imani Boyette scanned UCLA’s roster on Friday. “Yes …. yes …. yes … yes … yes … yes.” She was referring to UCLA players whom she played with or against during her high school days at Winward School in Los Angeles. Texas’ Sweet 16 matchup with … Read More

Higgs’ game moves beyond growing pains

After Texas defeated Missouri on Monday to advance to the Sweet 16, Ariel Atkins and Lashann Higgs represented the Longhorns at the postgame news conference. With good reason, too, since they combined for 33 points, nine rebounds and five steals in a 73-55 victory in the second round of the … Read More

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Texas-UConn games will include 2017 contest at Erwin Center

BRIDGEPORT, Conn.  — Texas and Connecticut have agreed to play each other in women’s basketball in each of the next two seasons, UT director of women’s athletics Chris Plonsky said Friday. Next season, the Longhorns and Huskies will battle at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., Plonsky said as Texas … Read More

Imani Boyette, Tina Thompson have helped each other blossom this year

Tina Thompson considers Imani Boyette one of the most complex basketball players she has ever met. Thompson, the former WNBA star who’s in her first season as a Texas assistant coach, casts a large shadow, even over Boyette, the Longhorns’ 6-foot-7 center. In turn, Boyette admits she challenges any coach … Read More

From cupcakes to dance-offs, the Texas women embrace their off-court closeness

Teammates migrate to Empress Davenport’s house as if it were a basketball court. Check that. As if it were their home. Davenport, Texas’ senior guard, practically holds an open door policy for the Longhorns. “I’m always at home because I have nothing to do,” Davenport said. “So pretty much anybody … Read More

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Texas women face a challenging road in Bridgeport regional

THE BRIDGEPORT REGIONAL Where: Bridgeport, Conn. Schedule: Saturday — Mississippi State vs. UConn, 10:30 a.m.; Texas vs. UCLA, 1 p.m. Monday — TBA TV: ESPN Note: Season ticket holders may order tickets by phone through the UT ticket office   THE FIELD CONNECTICUT, No. 1 seed Mascot: Huskies. Location: Storrs, … Read More

Sweet 16! Texas rolls past Missouri in NCAA play

Karen Aston expected to see a boisterous basketball team following Texas’ second-round win over Missouri on Monday night. Instead, the Longhorns took a business-as-usual attitude after securing their spot in this weekend’s Sweet 16. Simply put, Texas expected to win Monday, the head coach said. Missouri had no answers for … Read More

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It’s over: Texas 73, Missouri 55

For the second straight year, Texas will play in the Sweet 16. Ariel Atkins scored 22 points and the Longhorns dominate inside to post a 73-55 victory over Missouri Monday night at the Erwin Center. Texas (30-4) advances to the regional in Bridgeport, Conn., on Saturday. The Longhorns will play … Read More

Texas aims to climb Missouri’s tall wall

With 6-foot-7 Texas post Imani Boyette roaming the paint and 6-5 Kelsey Lang coming off the bench, the Longhorns have owned a size advantage over most of their 33 opponents. That might not be the case when Texas faces Missouri in a second-round NCAA women’s basketball game Monday night at … Read More

Texas whips Alabama State in NCAA opener

Texas coach Karen Aston knew the game was special after taking one glimpse of the stat sheet. For the first time this season, all 13 Longhorns scored. Ariel Atkins led a balanced attack with 15 points to lead the Longhorns to an 86-42 victory over Alabama State in the opening … Read More

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Instant reax: Texas 86, Alabama State 42

Ariel Atkins scored 15 points, Empress Davenport scored 13 and Imani Boyette hit the glass for 10 rebounds as Texas opened the NCAA women’s basketball tournament with an 86-42 victory over Alabama State Saturday night at the Erwin Center. Texas (29-4) did not look rusty after coming off a 12-day … Read More

For Horns, home’s where the early round games will be

The Texas women’s basketball team worked all season long for the opportunity to play a pair of NCAA tournament games on friendly hardwood. So no one was more thrilled than coach Karen Aston when the Longhorns were awarded first- and second-round games within the comforts of the Erwin Center. Texas … Read More

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NCAA tournament preview: No. 7 Texas vs. Missouri

When: 8 p.m. Monday Where: Erwin Center (16,500) Records: Missouri 22-9; Texas, 29-4 TV: ESPN 2 Radio: 104.9, 1260 Note: Winner advances to Sweet16 round in Bridgeport, Conn. Missouri update The Tigers broke a three game losing streak by defeating BYU 78-69 in a first-round tournament game Monday … Read More

Red-hot Alabama State will face Texas for first time

For Alabama State, a victory over Texas on Saturday would validate the Hornets’ progress during the past 18 years under head coach Freda Freeman-Jackson. The Hornets are coming off their second straight Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament championship. One of the hottest teams heading into the NCAA women’s basketball tournament, Alabama … Read More

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Despite more success, Texas women have same probability to win title as men, says FiveThirtyEight

On Sunday, Nate Silver’s statistical analytical website FiveThirtyEight, a byproduct of ESPN, reported that the Texas men’s basketball team’s probability of winning the national title was less than 1 percent. That seemed a little fair considering the sixth-seeded Longhorns’ often times up-and-down … Read More

Opening at home, No. 2 seed UT women placed in UConn regional

If Texas takes care of business at home, the Longhorns’ potential journey to the Final Four of the NCAA Women’s Tournament will take the Longhorns through Bridgeport, Conn. Yes, in UConn’s regional. Before the Longhorns can look ahead to the Sweet 16, though, they will have to win a pair … Read More

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Placed in No. 1 UConn’s region, No. 2 seed Texas will open against Alabama St.

If Texas takes care of business at home, the Longhorns’ potential journey to the Final Four in NCAA women’s basketball will take the Longhorns through Bridgeport, Conn. Yes, in UConn’s region. Before the Longhorns can look ahead to the Sweet 16, though, they will have to win a pair of … Read More

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Texas hoops recruits receive national honors

University of Texas women’s basketball signee Joyner Holmes (Cedar Hill) was named to the 2016 Women’s Basketball Coaches Association High School All-America Team on Thursday, while fellow signees Alecia Sutton (St. Louis, Mo.) and Jada Underwood (Mesquite) were honorable mention selections. This is the second All-America honor this week for … Read More

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Breakfast with Bevo: Third time a charm for Texas? Hardly.

Good morning. Breakfast is served. It’s March 8th — 68 down, 298 to go. And 39 till the Orange-White Scrimmage. YESTERDAY: After 18 years, Peyton Manning called it quits. DeMarco Murray looks like he’ll be a Tennessee Titan. The Redskins released Robert Griffin III. The Texas women fell to Baylor in … Read More