It was a big weekend for the Texas Longhorns women’s basketball team.
On Sunday, unranked Texas toppled the No. 1 Stanford Cardinal 69-64, in what was the top-ranked team’s first game outside of the Bay Area. It was the first time the Longhorns have beat an Associated Press No. 1 team since their win over the Tennessee Volunteers in 2004, snapping the Longhorns’ 13-game losing streak to the NCAA’s top-ranked team. It was also Texas’ most significant victory since they bested then-No. 2 Baylor in February 2017.
In particular, Sunday marked a career performance for sophomore Charli Collier, who carried the team with 20 points and 19 rebounds, earning her ESPNW’s player of the week honor.
The Longhorns’ next test will come from the Northwestern State Demons on Sunday.
NEWS FROM ELSEWHERE IN LONGHORN LAND AND THE BIG 12
- On Sunday, Texas men’s basketball offered four-star 2021 wing Kowacie Reeves. The Virginia Tech Hokies offered Reeves earlier in the day. Also in the race to recruit Reeves are the Clemson Tigers, the Florida Gators, Stanford, the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. According to 247Sports, Reeves is currently “warm” on Clemson, Florida and Stanford.
- Adding to the world of Texas men’s basketball, the Longhorns fell to 9-2 over the weekend after an embarrassing loss to the Providence Friars. As Burnt Orange Nation noted after Saturday’s loss, it was one of the most pathetic performances in the head coach Shaka Smart era. From the three-point line, Texas finished just 3-of-21 for the game. But let’s be real, Providence – a team that Florida recently beat by 32 points – had Texas in the first half, as the Friars went up 43-28. The men’s team will take on the High Point Panthers next Monday at 7 p.m. in the Frank Erwin Center.
- Former Longhorn Murphy Bromberg was crowned national champion and also qualified for the 2020 FINA Diving World Cup team at the USA Diving Winter Nationals in Minneapolis over the weekend. In light of Bromberg’s performance, in which she scored 1,088 points, she won the women’s 10-meter event and will have the opportunity to shine once against for team USA at the FINA event in Tokyo in April. Bromberg was previously awarded the Longhorns’ 2018-2019 Female Athlete of the Year award.
Murphy Bromberg claims 2019 USA Diving Winter Championships Platform Title https://t.co/TgsW2AZm57— Texas Women's Swimming & Diving (@TexasWSD) December 22, 2019
- It might seem like a joke’s punchline, but a photo of former Oklahoma Sooners head coach Barry Switzer doing the “Horns Up” gesture surfaced on social media over the weekend. Switzer, who coached the Sooners from 1973 to 1988, going 9-5-2 against the Longhorn, told the story in a tweet, featured below.
Why would I smile and do “Horns Up”? A University of Texas graduate helping me change a blowout on I-40 in 5 pm trafffic! His name Francisco De Soto, 37-year-old mechanical engineer, from El Paso, Texas. Francisco had no idea who he was helping! @UTAustin #mechanicalengineering pic.twitter.com/iwRMFXDmV8— Barry Switzer (@Barry_Switzer) December 21, 2019
- There may finally be light at the end of the offensive coordinator tunnel. On Sunday, Stadium reported that Ohio State Buckeyes passing game coordinator Mike Yurcich is now the leading candidate for the position. If he lands the job, it wouldn’t be Yurcich’s first go-around in the Big 12 Conference, either. He previously spent six seasons under Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy, prior to being lured away by Ohio State head coach Ryan Day for the 2019 campaign, which produced the nation’s No. 4 offense in SP+.