A constant reminder of the Texas basketball team’s goal — reaching the Final Four in Dallas — is no longer visible at the team’s practice facility.
Among the decorations inside Cooley Pavilion was a painted message about the 2017 NCAA Women’s Basketball Final Four in Dallas.
The Final Four design has been covered indefinitely by a banner that honors the 1986 national championship team.
Coach Karen Aston said it was assistant coach Tina Thompson’s idea to block the 2017 Final Four emblem from the players’ eyes. After opening the season at 2-4, the Longhorns hardly resembled a team that had a reasonable shot to reach their goal of playing in Dallas.
“There were a point in time when we were getting ahead of ourselves,” Aston said after practice on Thursday.
“We weren’t doing what it takes to make it to the Final Four. We’ve covered it up until we’re at a place where we could realistically achieve that goal.”
Riding a nine-game winning streak, the Longhorns have slowly regrouped as a team that could have success in the NCAA Tournament. It has taken a team with six first-year players time to develop as a unit.
If the Longhorns keep improving, the 1986 banner might be taken down. The goal of playing in Dallas has never wavered, Aston said.
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