Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Mack Brown’s words ring true for the Texas women, who have big goals to go

The Texas women’s basketball team dispatched overmatched Central Arkansas in short order, but before Friday afternoon’s game, it was show and tell time. Prior to the first-round NCAA Tournament game, a prominent visitor to the home locker room at the Erwin Center told the third-seeded Longhorns they can win a … Read More

North Carolina State tops cold-shooting Auburn, will meet Texas in second round

A 24-percent shooting percentage isn’t going to win you many basketball games. Just ask Auburn. That’s what the Tigers shot on Friday in the first-round of the NCAA women’s tournament. They took 59 shots. They made only 14 of them. And they lost to sixth-seeded North Carolina State at the … Read More

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First take: Longhorns 78, Central Arkansas 50

Brooke McCarty scored 15 points and Joyner Holmes added 10 as third-seeded Texas defeated 14th-seeded Central Arkansas 78-50 in the first round of the NCAA women’s basketball tournament Friday at the Erwin Center. Texas (24-8) advances to play North Carolina State in the second round Sunday at the Erwin Center. Read More

NCAA-Austin notebook: Smaller Sugar Bears face a tall task against Texas

Central Arkansas coach Sandra Rushing boasted about her team’s mascot Thursday, one day before its NCAA women’s basketball tournament first-round game against Texas. The Sugar Bears. “We’ve got the best mascot in the country,” Rushing said. “Someone asked where it came from. I said it’s because we’re sweet.” Sweet, perhaps, … Read More

From Africa to Austin, life has been a journey for Texas’ Olamide Aborowa

Karen Aston was on a recruiting trip in Virginia three years ago when she came across a young woman with passion in her eyes and a spring in her step. Texas’ head coach told George Washington, her assistant coach, about the raw talent she saw whose hometown is Lagos, Nigeria. Read More

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Texas has height advantage against ‘sweet’ Sugar Bears

Central Arkansas coach Sandra Rushing boasted about her team’s mascot on the eve of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament game against Texas. The Sugar Bears. “We’ve got the best mascot in the country,” Rushing said. “Someone asked where it came from. I said it’s because we’re sweet.” Sweet, perhaps, but … Read More

WTF: Where’s the fans? Texas, women’s basketball trying to address attendance

Karen Aston stood there, surveying the seats at the Frank Erwin Center, disappointed and distraught. It was March 19, 2016, the beginning of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament. Aston’s Texas Longhorns were a No. 3 seed. After another successful season, Texas had finished the regular season with a 26-3 record … Read More

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Episode 48 of On Second Thought: Ced and Kirk compare March Madness Brackets; UT coach Karen Aston on NCAA Women’s Tournament

In Episode 48 of the On Second Thought podcast, hosts Cedric Golden and Kirk Bohls break down their NCAA brackets plus speak with Texas women’s basketball coach Karen Aston who calls in to preview Texas’s NCAA opener against Central Arkansas. The guys also discuss the offseason facing Texas men’s coach … Read More

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Karen Aston a finalist for national Coach of the Year honors

Texas women’s basketball head coach Karen Aston is among four finalists  for the 2017 Naismith Women’s College Coach of the Year award, it was announced Wednesday by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. This year, fans have a say in the overall voting process. Between March 20-31 fans can visit … Read More

Don’t let the name fool you: Central Arkansas’ Sugar Bears are sweet on defense

Sandra Rushing was a defense-comes-first basketball coach long before she arrived at Central Arkansas five years ago. Rushing was 25 when she was introduced to the women’s team at UTEP in 1990, her first job as a Division I head coach. She shared UTEP’s Special Events Center with Don Haskins, … Read More

Texas, seeded third, will open NCAA Tournament vs. Central Arkansas

After playing basketball non-stop for four months, the Texas women’s team is enjoying a break as it heads into the most important part of the season — the NCAA Tournament. The Longhorns (23-8) will be at home for the first and second rounds of the tournament. Seeded third, they will … Read More

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Texas, seeded third in NCAAs, faces Central Arkansas in opener

The Texas women’s basketball team will be a No. 3seed and play in the Lexington (Ky.)  Regional when the NCAA tournament convenes this weekend. In the first round, Texas will play host to Central Arkansas on Friday at the Erwin Center. The winner will play the winner of the Auburn-North … Read More

Tynice Martin leads West Virginia over Texas 62-59 in Big 12 semifinals

OKLAHOMA CITY — Karen Aston hopes the team that reeled off 19 straight victories in December, January and February finds itself before the NCAA Tournament convenes in 10 days. Aston, whose team has gone 2-4 since the streak ended, said the Longhorns were “out-competed” during a 62-59 loss to West … Read More

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Quick take: West Virginia 62, Texas 59

OKLAHOMA CITY — Tynice Martin scored 29 points to lead West Virginia to a 62-59 victory over Texas in a Big 12 Conference Tournament semifinal Sunday at Chesapeake Energy Arena. WVU (22-10) will play Baylor (30-2) in the Big 12 Tournament championship at 8 p.m. Monday. Texas (23-8) had a … Read More

Brooke McCarty, strong bench power Texas to opening victory in Big 12 Tournament

OKLAHOMA CITY — Texas won its Big 12 Tournament opener 71-60 over Oklahoma State Saturday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena, but there was another score that caught Karen Aston’s attention. Texas won the battle of the benches, 32-18. Players and coaches from both teams said Texas had “fresher legs” than … Read More

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Quick take: Texas 71, Oklahoma State 60

OKLAHOMA CITY — Brooke McCarty scored 13 points and Lashann Higgs chipped in 12 to lead Texas to a 71-60 victory over Oklahoma State in a Big 12 Tournament quarterfinal game Saturday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The Longhorns (23-7) advance to play the winner of Saturday’s game between Oklahoma … Read More

Texas women hope to fare well in Big 12 tournament, but NCAAs are the real goal

For the Texas women, It’s back to business for a basketball team that’s been awash with individual accolades this week. The Big 12 tournament has convened in Oklahoma City, and Texas is unsure what it all means. Winning it would look good for the Longhorns’ portfolio, of course. But for … Read More

Brooke McCarty, Karen Aston among individual winners of Big 12 hardware

Brooke McCarty was named the Big 12’s women’s player of the year on Wednesday, the first Longhorn to receive that honor since the league was formed in 1996. And although Texas finished second behind conference champion Baylor in the regular season, the Longhorns swept most of the league’s major awards … Read More

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Brooke McCarty named Big 12 Player of the Year in women’s basketball

Brooke McCarty has been named Player of the Year in the Big 12, the first Longhorn to receive the award since the conference opened in 1996. The junior point guard has established herself as one of the best all-around players in the nation. This season she leads the Longhorns with … Read More

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Texas enters Big 12 women’s tournament as No. 2 seed

Texas, the No. 2 seed in the Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship, will play its first game on Saturday against the winner of Friday’s Kansas-Oklahoma State game. Tipoff for the Texas game from Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City is 6 p.m. Texas finished in second place in the conference … Read More