• Texas continues to get conference recognition

    Texas earned recognition from the Big-12 conference on Monday once again, sweeping the weekly individual awards for a pair of strong performances against No. 8 Florida State and No. 16 Oklahoma. 

    Junior Brooke McCarty and freshman Joyner Holmes are rapidly emerging as one of the top 1-2 punches in the nation, averaging a combined 33.5 points and 7.5 assists over the two-game stretch while leading Texas to a 14-1 conference record.   

    McCarty was named the Big 12 Conference Player of the Week for the first time, notching a career-high 29 points on 68.6  percent from the floor in a double-overtime win on the road in Florida. The guard then turned around and poured in a team-high 16 points and collected 4 rebounds in the 1-point upset against Oklahoma on Saturday. 

    Holmes meanwhile was named the Big 12 Freshman of the Week for a fifth consecutive week, and sixth time this season . The forward averaged a monstrous 11 point, 11 rebound double-double in the top-20 matchups, while posting a career high in minutes over the two-game span. 

    The tandem returned to action last night in a narrow 70-67 loss to No. 4 Baylor. McCarty dropped in 16 points, but missed the potential game-tying three-pointer at the buzzer. 

  • Holmes earns national honor following double-double performances

    Freshman forward/guard Joyner Holmes was named espnW National Player of the Week on Monday for her double-double performances in Texas’ victories over then-No. 2 Baylor and Kansas last week.

    The Longhorns jumped to No. 8 in the AP poll following the two wins, while the Lady Bears’ loss dropped them to No. 4.

    The five-time Big 12 Freshman of the Week led the Longhorns in scoring and rebounding over the two-game stretch, averaging 16.5 points and 11.5 boards.

    Holmes leads all Big 12 freshman in scoring, rebounding and double-doubles with seven on the season.

    She willed Texas to a 85-79 upset in Waco, finishing with 18 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.

    Holmes ignited the Longhorns after the Bears stormed back to knot things up at 79-79 with 59 seconds remaining. Holmes sunk a layup to regain Texas’ lead and nailed two clutch free throws on the following possession to seal the triumph. The Longhorn victory snapped Baylor’s 54-game home winning streak.

    In Saturday’s 75-42 win against Kansas, Holmes connected for 15 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, capping off her second-straight double-double.

  • Men’s tennis dominates in Sunday double header

    Sophomore Rodrigo Banzer fired a bullet down the right line, speeding past Purdue’s Stephan Koenigsfest to cement No. 11 Texas’ 4-0 victory over the Boilermakers.

    The Longhorns faced a short turnaround on Sunday as they hosted both Purdue and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Texas came out aggressive against Purdue, sweeping the Boilermakers in doubles play for the first point.

    “We’ve had some close matches so far this season,” sophomore Harrison Scott said. “We just came out firing for the first match so we could get off the court quick and get ready for the next one.”

    Freshman Christian Sigsgaard rebounded from a singles loss last week, dominating Purdue’s Gergely Madarasz for a 6-4, 6-1 win.

    Banzer finished Purdue off, defeating Koenigsfest 6-1, 6-4 and claiming the final point for Texas.

    “Today was the highest amount of energy and emotion that I’ve seen out of them,” head coach Michael Center said. “I thought it was a good overall effort by the guys.”

    The Longhorns showed no signs of fatigue against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in game two, crushing the Islanders in doubles play to go up 1-0. 

    Sophomore Julian Zlobinsky pummeled freshman Gonzalo Achondo 6-2, 6-1 to give Texas a 2-0 lead. Banzer continued his big day with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over the Islanders’ Paul Cook.

    Redshirt freshman Leonardo Telles delivered the knockout blow for the Longhorns, outlasting Cagatay Soke 6-4, 6-4.

    “I feel like everybody plays a part in our team,” Telles said. 

    Up next, Texas will travel to Virginia for the ITA National Team Indoor Championships.

     

    -Justin Martinez

  • Oliver to forego senior season

    Texas wide receiver Jake Oliver announced Monday night that he will forego his senior season in favor of a job opportunity. The redshirt junior will hang up his pads after a productive 2016 season on the gridiron.

    “I’ve enjoyed every moment of being on this team and will cherish that for the rest of my life,” Oliver said in an issued statement. “Even though I’m going to miss football, I’m really excited to take on a new challenge. I talked with Coach (Tom) Herman and appreciate his support and understanding.”

     

    Oliver caught 33 passes for 358 yards last season, ranking second on the Longhorns in receptions. He signed with Texas in February 2012 during the Mack Brown era and was redshirted for the 2013 season, his first year on campus. The communications major graduates this May, planning to use his degree in his future profession.


    “I feel so fortunate to have already earned my degree from one of the best universities in the nation, The University of Texas,” Oliver said. “It’s helped me already have a job in hand, and I’m ready to start that next chapter. In the last four years I’ve grown so much, met so many people, and I’ve built friendships with that will last a lifetime.”

  • Longhorns in the NBA

    As the All-Star break quickly approaches, several former Texas players are helping their teams battle for leverage in the playoff picture. 

    Kevin Durant

    Durant has fit perfectly into his new role on the Warriors. He’s averaging 25.8 points, 8.4 rebounds and nearly five assists per game over the 2016 – 2017 season.

    In the past week, Durant helped the Warriors to two victories, including a 26-point effort against the Los Angeles Clippers in a 133-120 win. 

    Lamarcus Aldridge

    The San Antonio Spurs big man has been a big reason for the team’s second-place standing in the Western Conference. In his second year in San Antonio, the former Longhorn is averaging 17.5 points and 7.1 rebounds per game.

    After missing a game due to a knee injury, Aldridge returned to the starting lineup against the Denver Nuggets on Saturday, recording 12 points in a 121-97 victory.

    Myles Turner 

    The Indiana Pacers center has risen to the challenge in the starting lineup this season, averaging 15.6 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. Turner is also third in the NBA in blocks per game, averaging 2.2.

    Turner was recently named to the NBA Rising Stars Challenge.

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