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Lady Bears prepare to battle conference leader Longhorns

Jan. 29, 1997

By Meghan Corna

Lariat Sports Reporter

In every sport that is played, there is a great rivalry between two teams, and tonight the Lady Bears basketball team faces that rival. The Lady Bears travel to Austin to face the University of Texas Lady Longhorns at 7 p.m. at the Erwin Center.

The Lady Bears will have their hands full with the Lady Longhorns, who are ranked 12th in the nation and first in the Big 12 South region. The Longhorns have a 12-3 overall record, 6-1 in Big 12 action.

'They have had a great program for so long,' Lady Bear Head Coach Sonja Hogg said.

The Lady Longhorns are led by, 5-10 senior guard, Danielle Vigione, who has averaged 15.9 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.

'Danielle is who we are going to worry about most,' Kacy Moffit, a Leander sophomore, said.

The Lady Bears have been having a great season as well. The team only needs three more wins to have the program's best year since the 1983-84 season and their four conference wins equaled their second best conference win total in ten years. Several of the Lady Bears rank in the top 10 in Big 12 statistics. Toya Ellis, a Farmersville sophomore, ranks third in assists and fourth in steals, Tasia Wright, a Huntsville junior, is sixth in rebounds, Amanda Mooney, a Waco junior, is eighth in field goal percentage and Moffit is 10th in blocked shots.

Last game against the Oklahoma State Cowgirls, the Lady Bears had five players scoring in double figures, Nicole Palmer, a sophomore from Overland Park, Kan., led the team with 16.9 points. Moffit, sophomore Amy Alcala, a Midland sophomore, and Mandy Hayworth, a Granbury freshman, all had 14 points.

'We are coming together as a team more which means more people touch the ball so more people have a chance to score,' Moffit said.

Last season the Lady Bears lost to the Lady Longhorns twice, the first time 82-71 and the second time 65-53.

'Last season we played good until the very end,' Ellis said. 'We were down by five when Danielle hit a three pointer, after that it was hard to get back in it.'

The first time that these teams met last season, the Lady Bears started three freshman, now those players have a year of experience and are ready to win.

'Last year we had so many freshman, that now they are experienced sophomores. I feel like the chemistry is so good that we are clicking and pulling in the same direction,' Hogg said.

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