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For starters, No. 9 Texas is a No. 2 seed in projected NCAA Tournament field
 If the NCAA women’s basketball tournament started today, Texas would be a No. 2 seed. That’s a sign that the NCAA selection committees holds the ninth-ranked Longhorns (14-3, 5-1 Big 12) under a favorable light.
            But considering the tournament doesn’t tip off until March 16, there’s no reason to get worked...

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If the NCAA women’s basketball tournament started today, Texas would be a No. 2 seed. That’s a sign that the NCAA selection committees holds the ninth-ranked Longhorns (14-3, 5-1 Big 12) under a favorable light. But considering the tournament doesn’t tip off until March 16, there’s no reason to get worked...
Texas No. 2 seed in first NCAA women’s basketball tournament reveal
 Texas coach Karen Aston, with Ariel Atkins return to Big 12 play Saturday at Texas Tech. (RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN) Baylor received an extra shot of motivation for its upcoming game against Texas, courtesy of the NCAA. The NCAA released its first reveal of the Top 16 seeds for the March Tournament. For starters, Texas is seeded...

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Texas coach Karen Aston, with Ariel Atkins return to Big 12 play Saturday at Texas Tech. (RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN) Baylor received an extra shot of motivation for its upcoming game against Texas, courtesy of the NCAA. The NCAA released its first reveal of the Top 16 seeds for the March Tournament. For starters, Texas is seeded...
Giddings football coach Jones heading west to Pecos High
 Giddings head football coach Chris Jones has resigned to take over the program at Pecos in West Texas. Giddings principal Chad Rood confirmed the news of Jones’ move on Thursday, and the Pecos school board had scheduled a meeting Thursday night to announce Jones as its new football coach and director of athletics. Jones compiled a record...

Posted: 2 days ago

Giddings head football coach Chris Jones has resigned to take over the program at Pecos in West Texas. Giddings principal Chad Rood confirmed the news of Jones’ move on Thursday, and the Pecos school board had scheduled a meeting Thursday night to announce Jones as its new football coach and director of athletics. Jones compiled a record...
Anderson football coach Rhoads reassigned in district
 After four seasons, Anderson football coach Jeff Rhoads is leaving the Trojans and has accepted a position in the Austin school
               district athletic office, he said Wednesday. Rhoads, 50, spoke to his players Wednesday afternoon about his departure. His duties in the athletic department has not been
               specified. &ldquo...

Posted: 3 days ago

After four seasons, Anderson football coach Jeff Rhoads is leaving the Trojans and has accepted a position in the Austin school district athletic office, he said Wednesday. Rhoads, 50, spoke to his players Wednesday afternoon about his departure. His duties in the athletic department has not been specified. &ldquo...
Texas signees Prince, Collier earn McDonald’s All-America Team honors
 Sedona Prince of Liberty Hill HIgh School will compete in the McDonald’s All-America game this March in Atlanta. Tucked away in Liberty Hill, Sedona Prince has been the big girl on campus for years. As she prepares to finish her final season of high school basketball, Prince can now stand on a national platform. Prince and fellow University...

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Sedona Prince of Liberty Hill HIgh School will compete in the McDonald’s All-America game this March in Atlanta. Tucked away in Liberty Hill, Sedona Prince has been the big girl on campus for years. As she prepares to finish her final season of high school basketball, Prince can now stand on a national platform. Prince and fellow University...
Samuelson, Dangerfield help UConn escape Texas scare 75-71
 Texas forward Jatarie White (40) goes up for a layup past Connecticut forward Gabby Williams (15) during a NCAA women’s college
               basketball game in Austin, Texas, on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN In defeat, Karen Aston hopes the effort her team gave during a disappointing loss to top-ranked UConn...

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Texas forward Jatarie White (40) goes up for a layup past Connecticut forward Gabby Williams (15) during a NCAA women’s college basketball game in Austin, Texas, on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN In defeat, Karen Aston hopes the effort her team gave during a disappointing loss to top-ranked UConn...
This just in: UConn 75, Texas 71
 UConn remains the face of women’s basketball. Texas, though, is making strides to becoming an elite team, too. Katie Samuelson scored 19 points and Azura Stevens 16 to lead the top-ranked Huskies to a 75-71 victory over No. 9 Texas Monday
            night at the Erwin Center. The outcome was in doubt until Crystal Dangerfield hit a...

Posted: 5 days ago

UConn remains the face of women’s basketball. Texas, though, is making strides to becoming an elite team, too. Katie Samuelson scored 19 points and Azura Stevens 16 to lead the top-ranked Huskies to a 75-71 victory over No. 9 Texas Monday night at the Erwin Center. The outcome was in doubt until Crystal Dangerfield hit a...
Tall order as Texas faces UConn in women’s basketball showcase game
 Brooke McCarty recently drained her 200th career three-pointer. Photo by Jay Janner If Texas needs a measuring stick to see how far the basketball team has progressed under Karen Aston’s eyes, top-ranked Connecticut
            will provide the ruler. It is a compliment to Geno Auriemma and his UConn Huskies that more than 10,000 fans...

Posted: 6 days ago

Brooke McCarty recently drained her 200th career three-pointer. Photo by Jay Janner If Texas needs a measuring stick to see how far the basketball team has progressed under Karen Aston’s eyes, top-ranked Connecticut will provide the ruler. It is a compliment to Geno Auriemma and his UConn Huskies that more than 10,000 fans...
Holmes, Atkins ignite Texas to comeback victory over Kansas 79-62

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For a few moments in time, Texas forward Joyner Holmes was reliving her freshman season. The Longhorns rallied for a 79-62 victory over Kansas Saturday afternoon at the Erwin Center that might be remembered as the day Holmes turned her year around. With 11 points and 9 rebounds in 23 minutes, she reminded 4,015 fans on Texas Exes...
This just in: Texas 79, Kansas 62

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Ariel Atkins scored 22 points and Lashann Higgs added 17 to lead No. 7 Texas to a 79-62victory over Kansas in the Big 12 game Saturday afternoon at the Erwin Center. Texas improves to 14-2 overall, 5-1 in the Big 12. Kansas is 11-6, 2-4. Joyner Holmes had her best game since returning from a 10-game suspension,  contributing...
Aston, Longhorns searching for someone to finish paint job
 Forward Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau’s absence from practice Friday was an alarming development for a Texas women’s basketball
            team in need of frontcourt help. While her teammates worked out at the Erwin Center, Caron-Goudreau stood on the sideline, her right thigh wrapped. The senior’s
            availability...

Posted: 8 days ago

Forward Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau’s absence from practice Friday was an alarming development for a Texas women’s basketball team in need of frontcourt help. While her teammates worked out at the Erwin Center, Caron-Goudreau stood on the sideline, her right thigh wrapped. The senior’s availability...
2017 All-Central Texas football: second-team honorees
 2017 ALL-CENTRAL TEXAS FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM OFFENSE QB: Matthew Baldwin, sr., Lake Travis Now enrolled at Ohio State, Baldwin helped the Cavaliers reach the Class 6A, Division I title game, passing for 3,842 yards and 44 TDs. RB: Simi Bakare, sr., Cedar Ridge A Missouri signee, Bakare rolled to 1,981 yards and 29 touchdowns to help the Raiders...

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2017 ALL-CENTRAL TEXAS FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM OFFENSE QB: Matthew Baldwin, sr., Lake Travis Now enrolled at Ohio State, Baldwin helped the Cavaliers reach the Class 6A, Division I title game, passing for 3,842 yards and 44 TDs. RB: Simi Bakare, sr., Cedar Ridge A Missouri signee, Bakare rolled to 1,981 yards and 29 touchdowns to help the Raiders...
Faces Off the Field: Caleb Golden, sophomore guard, Cedar Ridge
 What’s your favorite memory of playing basketball for Cedar Ridge? My first win during my freshman season on the varsity team. I still remember the game-winning shot against Copperas Cove in our very first game of the season. We won 61-60 at home. How far can this team go if it plays to its potential? With our versatility and defense...

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What’s your favorite memory of playing basketball for Cedar Ridge? My first win during my freshman season on the varsity team. I still remember the game-winning shot against Copperas Cove in our very first game of the season. We won 61-60 at home. How far can this team go if it plays to its potential? With our versatility and defense...
TCU’s Central Texas connection stuns Texas 79-77
 Texas forward Jatarie White (40) is forced to pass the ball out of the paint as TCU’s Adeola Akomolafe, left rear, and Jayde
               Woods, right rear, defend during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, in Fort Worth,
               Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) FORT WORTH — Stony...

Posted: 10 days ago

Texas forward Jatarie White (40) is forced to pass the ball out of the paint as TCU’s Adeola Akomolafe, left rear, and Jayde Woods, right rear, defend during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) FORT WORTH — Stony...
This just in: TCU 79, Texas 77
 FORT WORTH — Bowie graduate Kianna Ray hit a pair of free throws with 6 seconds to play to lift TCU to a stunning 79-77 victory
            over No. 7 Texas Wednesday night at Scholmaier Arena. It was the Central Texas combination of Ray and Stony Point grad Jordan Moore that took down the Longhorns. Moore, a Stony
            Point...

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FORT WORTH — Bowie graduate Kianna Ray hit a pair of free throws with 6 seconds to play to lift TCU to a stunning 79-77 victory over No. 7 Texas Wednesday night at Scholmaier Arena. It was the Central Texas combination of Ray and Stony Point grad Jordan Moore that took down the Longhorns. Moore, a Stony Point...
Strict diet, weight training benefit Texas point guard Sug Sutton
 A painful chapter of Alecia “Sug” Sutton’s basketball life ended when she tossed her knee brace in the closet for good. Sutton said she felt liberated when she was cleared by doctors to discard the brace one month after her freshman season was
            over. She made a vow during spring practice that her role with the...

Posted: 11 days ago

A painful chapter of Alecia “Sug” Sutton’s basketball life ended when she tossed her knee brace in the closet for good. Sutton said she felt liberated when she was cleared by doctors to discard the brace one month after her freshman season was over. She made a vow during spring practice that her role with the...
Texas guard Lashann Higgs named Big 12 Player of the Week
 Lashann Higgs has scored 56 points in her last two games, a feat that has been recognized by the Big 12. Higgs has been named the conference’s Player of the Week after consecutive victories over No. 20 Oklahoma State and Kansas
            State. Higgs scored a career-high 30 points in an 84-79 victory last Wednesday against OSU, becoming...

Posted: 12 days ago

Lashann Higgs has scored 56 points in her last two games, a feat that has been recognized by the Big 12. Higgs has been named the conference’s Player of the Week after consecutive victories over No. 20 Oklahoma State and Kansas State. Higgs scored a career-high 30 points in an 84-79 victory last Wednesday against OSU, becoming...
Higgs leads charge as Texas rallies for win over Cowgirls
 Texas forward Jordan Hosey, left, celebrates along with forward Joyner Holmes (24) and forward Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau (31)
               during a NCAA women’s college basketball game against Oklahoma State in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018. NICK WAGNER
               / AMERICAN-STATESMAN Lashann Higgs’ ability to...

Posted: 17 days ago

Texas forward Jordan Hosey, left, celebrates along with forward Joyner Holmes (24) and forward Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau (31) during a NCAA women’s college basketball game against Oklahoma State in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN Lashann Higgs’ ability to...
The last shot: Texas 84, Oklahoma State 79
 Lashann Higgs scored a career-high 30 points to lead Texas to an 84-79 comeback victory over Oklahoma State Wednesday night
            at the Erwin Center. Higgs, who had a career-best 24 points in last week’s win at Oklahoma, hit 11 of 15 shots. The Horns overcame a seven-point
            deficit in the fourth quarter. Sug Sutton...

Posted: 17 days ago

Lashann Higgs scored a career-high 30 points to lead Texas to an 84-79 comeback victory over Oklahoma State Wednesday night at the Erwin Center. Higgs, who had a career-best 24 points in last week’s win at Oklahoma, hit 11 of 15 shots. The Horns overcame a seven-point deficit in the fourth quarter. Sug Sutton...
McCarty, Boothe power No. 8 Texas to easy victory over WVU
 The highly anticipated game between No. 8 Texas and No. 9 West Virginia didn’t live up to its billing. Instead of Big 12 shootout between two of the conference’s top dogs, Texas showed who’s boss by trouncing the Mountaineers
            79-58 Sunday afternoon at the Erwin Center. In a game with little intrigue after halftime...

Posted: 20 days ago

The highly anticipated game between No. 8 Texas and No. 9 West Virginia didn’t live up to its billing. Instead of Big 12 shootout between two of the conference’s top dogs, Texas showed who’s boss by trouncing the Mountaineers 79-58 Sunday afternoon at the Erwin Center. In a game with little intrigue after halftime...
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