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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

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

WTF: Where’s the fans? Texas, women’s basketball trying to address attendance

Karen Aston stood there, surveying the seats at the Frank Erwin Center, disappointed and distraught. It was March 19, 2016, the beginning of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament. Aston’s Texas Longhorns were a No. 3 seed. After another successful season, Texas had finished the regular season with a 26-3 record … Read More

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Episode 48 of On Second Thought: Ced and Kirk compare March Madness Brackets; UT coach Karen Aston on NCAA Women’s Tournament

In Episode 48 of the On Second Thought podcast, hosts Cedric Golden and Kirk Bohls break down their NCAA brackets plus speak with Texas women’s basketball coach Karen Aston who calls in to preview Texas’s NCAA opener against Central Arkansas. The guys also discuss the offseason facing Texas men’s coach … 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

Texas, seeded third, will open NCAA Tournament vs. Central Arkansas

After playing basketball non-stop for four months, the Texas women’s team is enjoying a break as it heads into the most important part of the season — the NCAA Tournament. The Longhorns (23-8) will be at home for the first and second rounds of the tournament. Seeded third, they will … Read More

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Texas, seeded third in NCAAs, faces Central Arkansas in opener

The Texas women’s basketball team will be a No. 3seed and play in the Lexington (Ky.)  Regional when the NCAA tournament convenes this weekend. In the first round, Texas will play host to Central Arkansas on Friday at the Erwin Center. The winner will play the winner of the Auburn-North … Read More

Tynice Martin leads West Virginia over Texas 62-59 in Big 12 semifinals

OKLAHOMA CITY — Karen Aston hopes the team that reeled off 19 straight victories in December, January and February finds itself before the NCAA Tournament convenes in 10 days. Aston, whose team has gone 2-4 since the streak ended, said the Longhorns were “out-competed” during a 62-59 loss to West … Read More

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Quick take: West Virginia 62, Texas 59

OKLAHOMA CITY — Tynice Martin scored 29 points to lead West Virginia to a 62-59 victory over Texas in a Big 12 Conference Tournament semifinal Sunday at Chesapeake Energy Arena. WVU (22-10) will play Baylor (30-2) in the Big 12 Tournament championship at 8 p.m. Monday. Texas (23-8) had a … Read More

Brooke McCarty, strong bench power Texas to opening victory in Big 12 Tournament

OKLAHOMA CITY — Texas won its Big 12 Tournament opener 71-60 over Oklahoma State Saturday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena, but there was another score that caught Karen Aston’s attention. Texas won the battle of the benches, 32-18. Players and coaches from both teams said Texas had “fresher legs” than … Read More