Longhorns prepare for final game before Big 12 championships


Zachary Strain

Sharis Lachappelle splits a double team against Kansas. Tonight’s match against West Virginia will be the final regular season game for three Longhorns as they prepare for postseason.

Wes Maulsby

Texas will be playing its last home game of the 2012 season Friday. After being picked to finish sixth in conference before the season, the Longhorns have a shot at finishing as high as third with a win.

West Virginia has locked up the regular season championship in its first season in the conference. The Mountaineers are riding a 12-game unbeaten streak with eight wins over that span. They have not lost since dropping a 2-1 decision to Penn State on Aug 31.

Friday’s home game will be the final game in a Longhorns uniform for Kara Hoffman, Kristin Cummins and Hannah Higgins.

Hoffman transfered to Texas from UTSA after her freshman year and has had her most productive season to date in her final season. Cummins and Higgins have started every game this season and were both voted as preseason All Big 12 honorees.

Texas is guaranteed at least a fourth place finish in the Big 12, which would put it against the fifth place team in the opening round of the Big 12 tournament. A win would give the Longhorns a chance to finish third in the conference and a game against the sixth place team in the Big 12.

More importantly, finishing third gets the Longhorns out of the bracket with West Virginia and allows them to play either the second or seventh place team in the quarterfinals.

Texas and West Virginia will kick off Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Mike A. Myers Stadium and Soccer Field.

Printed on Friday, October 26, 2012 as: Senior night to determine tourney slot