# 11/12 women’s basketball preview: vs. Arizona # 4/8


Game 9: 11/12 Texas (7-1, 0-0 Big 12) vs # 4/8 Arizona (10-0, 0-0 PAC 12)
Pac-12 US LBM Coast-to-Coast Challenge
Sunday December 19, 2021 – 4:30 p.m. Central / 2:30 p.m. Pacific
T-Mobile Arena (20,000) – Las Vegas, Nevada

Quick facts about GameDay:
• TELEVISION: The game will be televised nationally on ESPN. Pam Ward (pxp) and Stephanie White (analyst) will call the action.
• RADIO: 105.3 The Bat broadcasts every UT game on the national network. Craig Way (pxp) and Kathy harston (analyst) will call the action. Visit TexasSports.com for a list of affiliates offering the game.
• SERIES: 4th meeting, Texas leads 2-1

To note :

SPOTLIGHT: Sunday’s game with the Wildcats will mark the third time the Longhorns have played on ESPN this season, which is the nation’s most tied with Louisville. UT’s other appearances at the network’s flagship station are a 61-56 win at No.3 at Stanford (Nov. 14) and a 74-70 overtime loss at No.16 at Tennessee.

MATHARU MANIA: Junior transfer Aliyah Matharu continues to turn heads in its first season on The 40 Acres. The Washington DC native leads the team with an average of 15.8 points per game. She also ranks No. 4 in the Big 12 and in the three-point field goal percentage with a 44.7 percent rate.

HARMON HITS: first year leader Rori Harmon continues to show impressive numbers in his debut season in Burnt Orange and White. The Houston native comes into play to lead the Big 12 in assists per game at 6.1, which is good for the No.10 in the NCAA and No.2 among the Division I freshmen. of the NCAA. She also leads the conference in terms of attendance to revenue ratio (3.21) which ranks # 11 nationally and # 1 among all freshmen.

SCOUTING THE WILDCATS: Arizona picked up where they left off in 2020-21 as they continued their national championship appearance with a 10-0 start to the season. The Wildcats came off an 82-55 victory over northern Arizona on Friday. Much like Longhorns, Arizona are known for their smothering defense and all-out pressure on the pitch. They lead PAC 12 and rank 7th in the NCAA for defensive scoring, keeping their opponents at 49.1 points per game.

Cate Reese is the Wildcats’ attacking pace averaging 13.1 points per game. She also leads the team on the glass with an average of 5.9 boards per game.

NEXT: After Sunday’s game in the Desert, UT will hit the East Coast for a clash with the perennial powerhouse of the Ivy League on Wednesday (11 p.m. CT. ESPN +). The Tigers came out 7-3 at the start of their season and were elected to finish No.1 in the Ivy League preseason coaching poll. Texas will close the 2021 portion of its schedule on December 29 as it hosts Alcorn State (7 p.m. CT, LHN)


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