The Texas Longhorns women’s basketball team will discover its NCAA tournament fate on Monday evening after a largely impressive regular season that featured a 23-8 record and wins over top-five opponents like the Baylor Bears and Florida State Seminoles.
However, the Big 12 tournament featured a disappointing finish with a hard-fought semifinal loss to West Virginia, a team that Texas beat twice during the regular season. The early departure from Oklahoma City came after a stretch of three losses during February following the wins over the Bears and Seminoles.
As a result, a team that once looked destined for a top No. 2 seed in the tournament is now forecast as a No. 3 seed in the most recent version of ESPN’s bracketology. The ‘Horns are predicted to open the tournament at home in Austin against Atlantic Sun champions Florida Gulf Coast University.
The possible second-round match up for the ‘Horns based on the bracketology is an intriguing one — the Aggies, which would provide a renewal of that rivalry and allow for easy travel for Texas A&M fans from College Station.
To get out of the Austin region and advance to the second weekend, head coach Karen Aston believes that her team needs to regain a higher level of focus and intensity heading into the NCAA tournament in order to take advantage of the talents of leaders Brooke McCarthy, the sharpshooting senior guard, and Joyner Holmes, the versatile, standout freshman forward Joyner Holmes.
Other than the recent stretch of relatively lackluster play, the team’s biggest issue is a lack of three-point shooting, as McCarthy and junior guard Ariel Atkins are the only two players on the team who have made more than seven three-pointers this season.
And freshman point guard Alecia Sutton, who has made seven, is the only player other than McCarthy and Atkins to attempt more than 19.
So if the Lady Longhorns come up against a team that can hit consistently from deep, it will likely derail the team’s tournament run.
How to watch the Selection Show
Time: 7 p.m. CT
Longhorns fans can also watch the telecast of the Selection Show in the Lone Star Room of the Frank Erwin Center. Fans wishing attend should RVSP to FastBreakClub@athletics.utexas.edu to receive free admission to the event, which will include light snacks and beverages for early-arriving fans.
ESPN will feature a live shot of the team and its mascot during the telecast and players will be available to autograph posters after the show.
Admission begins at 5:30.
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