|WBB Deep in the Heart of Texas|
AUSTIN, Texas—The University of Idaho women’s basketball team will look to put a stop to its two game skid on Saturday against the Texas Longhorns inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
Saturday marks the close of the non-conference schedule for Idaho, leaving perhaps the toughest matchup for last.
“Texas is the most talented team we have seen yet,” head coach Jon Newlee said. “That is saying something after already having played California. They are huge inside at 6’5’’ and 6’7’’. They are extremely athletic on the perimeter with some good three-point shooters as well. We are going to have to play hard and smart for 40 min to be able to compete with the Longhorns.”
The first and only meeting between the two schools took place in the 1986 edition of the Mark IV Classic in Moscow. At the time Texas was ranked No. 1 in the country and defeated the Vandals 87-44. UT finished the season 31-2, making it all the way to the Final Four. The Longhorns, who were the 1986 Champions, bowed out to Louisiana Tech in the semifinals.
Saturday’s game time is set for 12:00 p.m. PT., and will be broadcast live on the Longhorn Network. The Vandals will enter Western Athletic Conference play at the start of the New Year, traveling to UMKC (Jan. 2) and Chicago State (Jan. 4).