Texas vs. San Diego State preview

SDSU vs. Texas

No. 6 seed TEXAS (22-10, 10-6 Big 12) vs. No. 11 seed San Diego State (21-10, 10-6 Mountain West)
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Location: Frank Erwin Center (16,734), Austin, Texas

TV/Stream: ESPN2/ESPN360.com
Radio: KVET-AM 1300 “The Zone” will broadcast Sunday’s game between Texas and San Diego State. Craig Way (pxp) and Carol Ross (analyst) will handle the call.
Chris Ello will do the radio broadcast from Austin on Xtra Sports 1360 AM.
Live Stats: texassports.com and goaztecs.com
Series: The series is tied at 1-1 with each team winning on its home court. Last meeting: San Diego State, 60-55 (Dec. 30, 2008; San Diego, Calif.)
Coaches: SDSU head coach: Beth Burns, 5th year of 2nd stint at SDSU, 18th overall || Gail Goestenkors, 3rd year at Texas, 18th overall
Seeding: No.6 Texas, No. 11 San Diego State
Region: Memphis, 1st Round

Sunday’s contest marks the third meeting between No. 17 Texas and San Diego State. The series is tied at 1-1 with both teams winning on their home floors. Texas won the first meeting 69-58 on Nov. 25, 1995 in Austin. San Diego State won the team’s most recent contest 60-55 in the championship game of the Surf ‘N Slam Tournament held at SDSU on Dec. 30, 2008. The loss snapped UT’s 2008-09 season-opening 11-game unbeaten streak.

Players to watch:

San Diego State: For the second straight season, San Diego State senior guard Jené Morris earned a place as one of 52 regional finalists for the NCAA Division I State Farm Coaches’ All-America Basketball team. Morris is fourth in SDSU career history with 1,427 points, is the league’s all-time career steals leader (286) and is the first Aztec to lead the MWC in scoring in conference contests. Aztec seniors Morris and Quenese Davis (Sacramento, Calif.) combined to score 43 of the team’s 70 points, including 16 of the final 22, and also chipped in 12 assists and five steals together. Junior Paris Johnson (San Diego, Calif.) had 10 points and a team-best seven rebounds and three blocks and class-mate Coco Davis (Sacramento, Calif.) tallied three steals.

Texas: When Earnesia Williams reached 1,000 career points at the 3:16 mark of the second half of the 2010 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship First Round game against Missouri, she joined two teammates in Texas’ 1K Club – Brittainey Raven and Kathleen Nash. It is the first time since the 1991-92 season that the Horns have had a roster with three players with 1,000 career points, and it is the sixth time in school history that a team has had at least three players with 1K points.

San Diego State Facts

San Diego State has advanced to the postseason 10 times, including to the NCAA tournament on eight occa
sions. The Aztecs also made a trip to the WNIT in 1989, getting to the championship game, and was a part of the
AIAW tournament in 1981.

SDSU made its first trip to the NCAAs in 12 years last season, defeating DePaul, before falling to second-ranked
and eventual Final Four participant Stanford in San Diego. The last time the Aztecs played an NCAA road game was in 1997, when the team traveled to Knoxville, Tennessee.

Texas Facts

Texas is 32-22 all-time in NCAA Tournament games. Texas is one of just six schools to have advanced to 24 or more NCAA Tournaments. The Longhorns are tied with Stanford and Virginia for the fourth-most appearances in NCAA history. Texas is 10-5 in NCAA Tournament First Round games since first making an appearance in 1985 (eight First Round byes).

Head coach Gail Goestenkors sports a 37-15 (.712) all-time record in the NCAA Tournament and is 1-2 in the Big Dance with the Longhorns. Goestenkors has led her teams to two NCAA Championship game appearances (1999, 2006), four Final Fours, seven Elite Eight showings and nine Sweet 16 appearances.

Texas’ at-large berth in the 2010 NCAA Championship marks its 24th overall appearance and third-consecutive under third-year coach Goestenkors. UT’s 24 appearances tie it for the fourth-most NCAA showings (tied with Stanford and Virginia).


San Diego State

No. Name Pos. Ht. Yr. Exp. Hometown (High School/Previous School)
1 Jessika Bradley F 6-3 Jr. RS Sacramento, Calif. (Sacramento HS/Baylor)
2 Coco Davis G 5-9 Jr. 2L Sacramento, Calif. (Sacramento HS)
3 Quenese Davis G 5-10 Sr. 3L Sacramento, Calif. (Rio Americano HS)
4 Kim Spinardi G 5-8 Sr. 3L Merced, Calif. (Golden Valley HS)
5 Jené Morris G 5-9 Sr. 2L San Francisco, Calif. (Urban HS/California)
22 Gabrielle Clark F 6-1 So. 1L Los Angeles, Calif. (Narbonne HS)
23 Ashley Duffy G 5-9 Fr. HS Lakeside, Calif. (El Capitan HS)
31 Kiyana Stamps G 5-9 Fr. HS Moreno Valley, Calif. (Perris HS)
32 Paris Johnson C 6-4 Jr. 2L San Diego, Calif. (San Diego HS)
34 Allison Duffy F 6-2 Jr. 1L Lakeside, Calif. (El Capitan HS)
40 Candace Chambers F 6-1 So. 1L Seattle, Wash. (Seattle Prep HS)
42 Malia Nahinu ^ C 6-6 So. TR Hayward, Calif. (Moreau Catholic HS/Arizona)
54 Courtney Clements ^ G 6-0 So. TR Long Beach, Calif. (Millikan HS/Arizona)
55 Kalena Tutt C 6-2 So. 1L Long Beach, Calif. (Millikan HS)


No. Name Pos. Ht.. Yr. Exp. Hometown (High School/Previous School)
12 Yvonne Anderson G 5-7 So.-1L Columbia, Mo. (Hickman)
4 Erika Arriaran G 5-10 Sr.-3L Norco, Calif. (Norco)
13 Lauren Flores G 5-7 Fr.-HS Houston, Texas (North Shore)
33 Ashleigh Fontenette G 5-8 So.-1L Pflugerville, Texas (Connally)
22 Ashley Gayle P 6-4 So.-1L Las Vegas, Nev. (Bishop Gorman)
5 Kathleen Nash G 6-2 Jr.-2L Plano, Texas (Plano West)
32 Kristen Nash F 6-3 Sr.-3L Plano, Texas (Plano West)
10 Brittainey Raven G 6-0 Sr.-3L Fort Worth, Texas (North Crowley)
45 Cokie Reed P 6-4 Fr.-HS Waco, Texas (Midway)
00 Earnesia Williams F 6-1 RS Sr.-3L Sapulpa, Okla. (Sapulpa)

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