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Column: Turnaround of men's basketball program leads to Myles Turner commitment
May 1, 2014
When Texas hit a bump in the road in the 2012-13 season, it needed to rebuild its chemistry, its school confidence and its recruiting program.
Texas volleyball downs New Mexico State in home exhibition match
April 13, 2014
Proving her All-American dominance doesn’t fade in the spring, junior outside hitter Haley Eckerman led the Longhorns to a 4-1 victory over New Mexico State in this weekend’s exhibition match.
Column: The key to Texas’ ‘One Shining Moment’
April 10, 2014
There are few things more exciting than watching David Barrett’s rendition of “One Shining Moment” each April.
Rebounding from injuries, Ashley Roberts dreams of coaching
April 8, 2014
Season-ending injuries are always devastating.
Longhorn recruit Ariel Atkins to play in All-American Game on Wednesday night
April 1, 2014
It all started at recess.
Women’s basketball's first tournament victory since 2008 sets up second round date with Maryland
March 25, 2014
Texas’ perfect 18-for-18 foul-shooting performance, en route to a 79-61 win over 12th-seeded Penn (22-7, 12-2 Ivy League), proved that free throws can make the difference between winning and losing.
No. 5 Texas takes on No. 12 Penn in Sunday’s March Madness game
March 20, 2014
It hasn’t hit sophomore center Imani McGee-Stafford that she’s playing in the NCAA Tournament for the first time.
Women's basketball to face Penn on Sunday in NCAA Tournament
March 18, 2014
The Longhorns have put on their dancing shoes as they head to the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament for a date with No. 12 Penn, which will take place Sunday in College Park, Md.
No. 5 seed Texas to take on No. 12 Penn in Sunday's NCAA Tournament game
March 17, 2014
The Longhorns have put on their dancing shoes with a No. 5 seed as they head to the Big Dance for a date with No. 12 Penn. And head coach Karen Aston says they’re putting in their all.
Women's basketball tops Oklahoma, faces West Virginia in Big 12 semifinals
March 9, 2014
Before Saturday, sophomore center Imani McGee-Stafford hadn’t won a Big 12 Tournament game.
Texas women’s basketball heads to Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Championship
March 7, 2014
Chesapeake Energy Arena, home of the Oklahoma City Thunder (46-15), is already a bastion of Longhorn dominance. Memcache statistics Operation Bin Key Hit get cache_bootstrap cache_bootstrap-variables 1 get cache_bootstrap cache_bootstrap-bootstrap_modules 1 get cache_bootstrap cache_bootstrap-lookup_cache 1 get cache_bootstrap cache_bootstrap-system_list 1 get cache_bootstrap cache_bootstrap-module_implements 1 get cache cache-context 1 getMulti cache cache-.wildcard-context 1 get cache cache-ctools_plugin_type_info 1 get cache cache-plugins%3Acontext%3Aplugins 1 getMulti cache cache-.wildcard-plugins%3Acontext 1 get cache_path cache_path-ckeditor%2Fxss get cache cache-filter_formats%3Aen 1 get cache cache-filter_list_format 1 get cache_bootstrap cache_bootstrap-hook_info 1 get cache cache-theme_registry%3Atexan 1 getMulti cache cache-.wildcard-theme_registry 1
From team manager to walk-on, senior guard Helen Tau found her way on the court
March 6, 2014
When senior guard Helen Tau suits up before each game, she doesn’t worry about playing time.
After beating Texas Tech on Saturday, women’s basketball faces No. 15 Oklahoma State
March 3, 2014
Back in January, Texas fought valiantly against then-No. 11 Oklahoma State in an attempt to open conference play with a win.
Multi-talented Nekia Jones, Texas to host TCU
February 25, 2014
Most collegiate basketball players keep their focus on a basketball, but freshman forward Nekia Jones isn’t like most players.
McGee-Stafford posts 26 in women's basketball's third straight loss
February 24, 2014
Playing an overaggressive, undisciplined defense Saturday night, Texas sent the Cyclones to the charity stripe repeatedly.
Longhorns to face OU, ready for blood
February 18, 2014
It never feels great, but sometimes a team needs a taste of blood to find motivation.
Texas must rise to the challenge of No. 7 Baylor
February 13, 2014
As losses become memories of the past, Texas’ improvement is evident in its conference schedule.
Davenport’s growth fuels Texas’ Big 12 success
February 11, 2014
Sophomore guard Empress Davenport has left her nerves behind. She’s grown into her position on the court, not just adjusting to but also excelling at her role.
Sanders’ energy drives Texas’ Big 12 chase as it looks to Iowa State
February 7, 2014
When sophomore guard Brady Sanders suits up for each game, she knows she owes more than 40 minutes of play to her teammates.
Texas extends home-game win streak with 88-51 victory over Texas Tech
February 6, 2014
Texas overpowered a slow defense Wednesday night to smother Texas Tech, 88-51.
Enemkpali scores 19 as Longhorns fall to No. 9 Baylor
February 3, 2014
Though junior forward Nneka Enemkpali grabbed 15 boards to complement 19 points, Texas (14-7, 5-4) couldn’t maintain its halftime lead against No. 9 Baylor (18-3, 8-1).
Despite win streak, Barnes cautions against 'drinking the poison'
February 3, 2014
When freshman point guard Isaiah Taylor entered the locker room at Saturday’s halftime, he had much to be proud of: 11 points on 4-for-6 shooting.
Women’s basketball will look to win two straight on the road at Baylor
January 30, 2014
Entering the round-robin series against Baylor last year, head coach Karen Aston knew hopes were lost.
Women’s basketball looks to sweep Kansas, grab first Big 12 road win
January 28, 2014
Karen Aston team hasn't yet figured out how to win on the road.
Enemkpali’s 21 rebounds help raise women's basketball above No. 18 West Virginia
January 26, 2014
Texas (13-6, 4-3 Big 12) topped West Virginia, 66-63 at the Frank Erwin Center on Saturday, handing the Mountaineers only their third loss of the season.
Women's basketball falls to TCU for first time in program history
January 20, 2014
Struggling with poor first-half defense and 26 turnovers, the Longhorns suffered their first loss against TCU in program history.
Texas tops Texas A&M and Memphis, falls to Syracuse at Paradise Jam
December 1, 2013
When sophomore guard Brady Sanders subbed in with 2:31 left Thursday night, the Longhorns were down 21 points to Syracuse.
Texas forfeits first half lead, falls to No. 6 Stanford
November 24, 2013
Jogging off the court with her teammates Saturday, sophomore center Imani McGee-Stafford headed to the locker room with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Texas women’s basketball aims to cut 25-year losing streak against Stanford
November 22, 2013
Texas hasn’t topped No. 6 Stanford in a meeting since the Sweet 16 round of the 1988 NCAA tournament.
Texas adjusts to NCAA rule changes aimed at offensive freedom
November 14, 2013
Fans watch basketball because it’s fast.
Texas Women’s Basketball remains undefeated after a 96-42 victory over Texas State
November 14, 2013
In what head coach Karen Aston called “more of a complete game” than the team’s season opener, Texas beat Texas State 96-42 in the Longhorns’ highest scoring game since 2010.
Longhorns win fourth straight match over UTSA, open season with win
November 10, 2013
With the help of UTSA shooting 2-for-30 from the three-point line in Austin on Sunday, Texas started the season on the right foot, defeating the Roadrunners 63-42.
McGee-Stafford and women’s basketball open season with focus
November 8, 2013
Head coach Karen Aston and Texas women’s basketball have set a mantra for the 2013-14 season: Own it.
Dallas Cowboys: A Hopeful Fan's Season Prediction
September 8, 2013
I try to defend the Cowboys as America’s team. I try to tout their five Superbowl titles and steadfast legacy. But all of this was before my lifetime. I need something to work with.
Being a Longhorn is a lifelong affair
August 5, 2013
Be it through Texas Exes, athletic loyalty or the simple acknowledgment later in life that UT aided our success, it’s important to give credit to our alma mater.
Texas' season ends with 2-1 loss to Tennessee in Women's College World Series
June 3, 2013
Texas fell to Tennessee 2-1 in the Women's College World Series semifinal game Sunday evening to end its eason 51-10. No. 7 seed Tennessee propelled a first inning home run and a bases-loaded walk into a victory over Texas' sole home run.
No. 6 softball heads to Stillwater for last regular conference series
May 2, 2013
Texas hits Stillwater this weekend for a battle of the oranges.
No. 7 Texas sweeps Texas Tech in conference play
April 29, 2013
When junior catcher Mandy Ogle threw out her tenth base-stealer this season against Oklahoma last weekend, she was on a roll.
Texas drops weekend series to OU after falling short on Sunday
April 22, 2013
When Keilani Ricketts stepped onto McCombs Field Friday, she was ready to show No. 6 Texas why her team is No. 1.
Texas sweeps Iowa State, extends win streak to 15 games
April 14, 2013
The No. 6 Longhorns swept Iowa State (18-22, 3-6) this week to improve to 38-4, remain undefeated in conference play and extend their winning streak to 15 games.
Years of experience boost Ogle to expert status behind the plate
April 9, 2013
Bounce it off the chest, pass it on, use an arm instead of a hand, keep it going.
Softball takes two more against Western Kentucky
April 7, 2013
Nobody’s perfect, but the Texas softball team keeps coming pretty close.
Softball has a strong underclassmen showing against Texas Southern
April 5, 2013
As the second half of the season unfolds, the young talent shows promise for next year.
Schmidt sisters face off in Texas v. McNeese State game
April 1, 2013
When Torie Schmidt’s family enters Red & Charline McCombs Field on Tuesday, they won’t be donning their usual burnt orange gear.
No. 8 softball opens second Big 12 series with victory
March 29, 2013
In a game of records for No. 8 Texas, starting off the season 3-0 wasn’t one of them. The squad has opened with a trio of victories for four straight seasons now — but only tonight’s featured a program-high nine stolen bases.
Consistency raises Taylor Thom to softball legend
March 20, 2013
Amidst the swishing blonde ponytail and piercing blue eyes, Thom consistently displays a smile and character that motivate her teammates.
No. 10 Texas closes third win over Ragin' Cajun this week
March 7, 2013
Four days after beating Louisiana-Lafayette, the Longhorns swept the Ragin’ Cajuns in a doubleheader at home, 9-4 and 7-1, grabbing their third and fourth straight wins over a Top 20 team for the first time since 2007 on Wednesday.
Longhorns rematch Ragin’ Cajun for doubleheader
March 5, 2013
Texas Softball plays University of Louisiana today at 5.
No. 5 Texas softball to face ranked opponents in Citrus Classic
February 28, 2013
After escaping the eighth inning with a victory against No. 21 Tulsa last weekend, the Longhorns head to Kissimmee, Fla., for the Citrus Classic.
Longhorn softball avenges first season loss with 1-0 championship victory over Tulsa
February 25, 2013
After both Texas and No. 24 Tulsa were held scoreless in the first seven innings of Sunday’s Texas Classic championship, Gabby Smith singled up the middle to bring Stephanie Ceo home for the win.
Undefeated softball hosts final home tournament this season
February 21, 2013
When Lamar, Tulsa and Utah State step onto Red and Charline McCombs Field this weekend, they’ll have a tough time beating the tournament’s host.
Longhorns shut-out Huskies in 12th straight victory
February 20, 2013
After Kim Bruins struck out two batters and another fouled out, Texas quickly found its way to the plate in the first inning.
Undefeated No. 6 softball faces Houston Baptist
February 19, 2013
After traveling to Houston for the Hilton Houston Plaza Invitational last weekend, the No. 6 Longhorns now welcome their southern neighbors at home.
No. 6 softball enters Hilton Houston Plaza Invitational undefeated
February 14, 2013
The Longhorns are looking beyond their comfort zone for game seven, competing in their first away games of the season at the Hilton Houston Plaza Invitational.
5-0 Softball looks to reclaim edge over Stephen F. Austin
February 12, 2013
Strong season starts aren’t anything new for Texas. The 2011 and 2012 Longhorn opens both recorded 10-0, with last weekend’s 5-0 start well on its way to follow suit.
Texas clinches Texas Classic championship with 5-4 victory over North Texas
February 10, 2013
Softball wins Texas Classic championship with 5-0 season start.
Blaire Luna notches fifth career no-hitter
February 8, 2013
With right fielder Jamise Jackson up to bat at the top of the seventh, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi hoped to redeem itself.
Texas softball opens season against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
February 7, 2013
The game will commence the weekend Texas Classic tournament that also hosts North Texas and Memphis.
Hoagland takes one last shot at Women's College World Series
February 1, 2013
Although she shares a name with fellow Taylors — Thom and King — Hoagland, a senior, has no trouble distinguishing herself when she steps up to the plate.
Blaire Luna leads Longhorns by example
January 31, 2013
Senior Blaire Luna plays a pivotal role on the softball team not only as a star pitcher, but also as a teacher and role model.
Longhorns post 17 top-five finishes in Arkansas
January 28, 2013
Interim head coach Rose Brimmer and her team of Longhorns welcomed 87 points to finish third at Arkansas’ Razorback Invitational Friday and Saturday.
Women’s track and field compete in two-day Razorback Team Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark.
January 24, 2013
Twenty-three teammates will join sophomore Kaitlin Petrillose to represent No. 13 Texas.
Women’s track and field leaves Leonard Hilton Memorial with six victories
January 21, 2013
No. 14 Longhorns hauled in individual victories in focused harmony.
Longtime assistant coach Rose Brimmer becomes women’s track and field interim head coach, volunteer Michelle Freeman to become assistant coach
January 16, 2013
When women’s athletics director Chris Plonsky told Rose Brimmer she would become interim head coach upon Beverly Kearney’s resignation.
No.14 Texas wins six events in Birmingham
January 14, 2013
Women’s Track & Field, ranked at No. 14, had to face 11 top teams before finishing with multiple wins.
November 20, 2012
“Twenty-eight minutes ago — sirens in Jerusalem. Ran to shelter. Now we are out and on the way to a shiyur [educational field trip]. The rocket landed…”
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