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All content by Drew King

Watch the Throne: King leaves to conquer the world

Drew King May 4, 2018

I hated my first semester here. I told Ezra Siegel that I wanted to try out for the Sports department and gave him my email address. My email ended in .net, he wrote down .com. I never heard...

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History repeats itself: Routt signs with Texas

Drew King May 3, 2018

Erica Routt has always looked up to her daughter, Shae. Shae never quits. The Austin native is a natural athlete and was drawn to sports at an early age. She had tried soccer, softball, gymnastics,...


McGee-Stafford reflects on draft process

Drew King April 12, 2018

No one took a shot or made a pass, but the night was all about basketball. Former Longhorn Imani McGee-Stafford had spent the whole day talking. She had made appearances with the media, smiled her way...


Column: Aston takes things one day at a time to another Sweet 16 exit

Drew King March 29, 2018

Nobody wanted to get ahead of themselves. Entering the season, the Longhorns could have been riding high. Junior center Jatarie White was finally available after sitting out all of the 2016-17 season...


Even in Kansas City, Alecia ‘Sug’ Sutton has home-court advantage

Drew King March 23, 2018

Alecia “Sug” Sutton was all smiles. Texas had just been named as a No. 2 seed in the Kansas City Regional. Sutton grew up 250 miles east in St. Louis. To make the Sweet 16 would mean playing...


Longhorns run past Arizona State, advance to Sweet Sixteen

Drew King March 20, 2018

Kianna Ibis could not be stopped. Pick-and-pop jumpers, streaks to the rim, spot-up threes — everything was falling in the Arizona State junior forward’s favor. Texas junior guard Lashann...


Longhorns taking notes ahead of second-round matchup with Arizona State

Drew King March 19, 2018

The Longhorns filed into the Frank Erwin Center on Saturday dressed out in their warm-up gear. They didn’t take the floor, though. Instead, Texas’ players and coaches gathered behind the...


Four takeaways from Texas’ first-round NCAA Tournament victory

Drew King March 18, 2018

No. 2-seeded Texas cruised to an 83-54 victory over No. 15-seeded Maine on Saturday evening in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. With the win, the Longhorns will take on No. 7-seeded Arizona State...

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Longhorns reflect on Augie Garrido’s life

Drew King March 15, 2018

Texas head coach David Pierce remembers the first time he crossed paths with former head coach Augie Garrido. Pierce was a restricted earnings coach for Rice. Garrido was the head coach for Cal State...


Inside Texas’ selection show watch party

Drew King March 15, 2018

March 12, 2018 5:27 p.m. A security guard in a bright yellow jacket opens the double doors of the Lone Star Room of the Frank Erwin Center. He’s three minutes early. One hundred or so fans...


Longhorns to host Maine in first round of March Madness

Drew King March 13, 2018

Texas had to wait 36 minutes to hear its name called, but for good reason. At 6:36 p.m. on Monday, the Longhorns were named the No. 2 seed in the Kansas City Regional of the NCAA tournament. The team...


Baylor blasts Texas in Big 12 championship game

Drew King March 6, 2018

Lashann Higgs had one less thing to worry about. In No. 8 Texas’ past two games against No. 2 Baylor, Higgs was assigned to Baylor senior guard Kristy Wallace on defense. It didn’t go well...


Jatarie White, Texas storm past Cyclones

Drew King March 4, 2018

It was a long plane ride home for Jatarie White. The Longhorns had just come off a 72-59 road win over Iowa State on Feb. 24. White’s performance wasn’t nearly as strong as her team’s. The...


With Jordan Hosey, there’s always something to celebrate

Drew King March 1, 2018

It was a different kind of film session. During the 2015–16 season, Texas head coach Karen Aston called her team into the film room. The players expected to see clips from their most recent game....


Texas seniors prepare for regular season finale

Drew King February 27, 2018

Sweat and tears rolled down Ariel Atkins’ and Brooke McCarty’s faces. The then-freshman guards had just barely made it through the team’s toughest practice of the 2014-15 season. Things...


Higgs finds her range in 72-59 win over Iowa State

Drew King February 25, 2018

Lashann Higgs couldn’t quite perfect her form. Prior to No. 6 Texas’ 72-59 victory over Iowa State on Saturday, the junior guard had made just one 3-pointer in February. Her 14-point performance...


Five takeaways from Texas’ 93-87 loss to Baylor

Drew King February 20, 2018

Rellah Boothe provides spark off the bench Freshman forward Rellah Boothe entered the game earlier than expected after junior center Jatarie White got into foul trouble. Boothe played the final three...


Joyner Holmes searches for solid role as starter

Drew King February 16, 2018

Joyner Holmes’ name blasted through the Frank Erwin Center. She ran out of the tunnel onto the hardwood, horns raised and grinning ear-to-ear. She was finally a starter. The sophomore forward...


Longhorns stay persistent, take down Texas Tech, 87-72

Drew King February 15, 2018

Jatarie White went exploring. The junior center typically roams the paint, scavenging inside for easy buckets no more than a step or two away from the rim. Texas Tech made them hard to come by early...


Texas’ freshmen ‘Gunners’ remain holstered — for now

Drew King February 7, 2018

Chasity Patterson couldn’t catch a break. At a practice on Dec. 5, 2017, the Longhorns scrimmaged against an all-male scout team. Patterson held her own on offense. But on defense, Patterson...


Longhorns repress Mountaineers in 73-55 road win

Drew King February 6, 2018

Even as No. 6 Texas began to pull away during a 73-55 victory at the WVU Coliseum on Monday night, the Mountaineers refused to slow down. After surrendering seven unanswered Texas points to start the...


Texas gets revenge in 92-65 victory over TCU

Drew King February 3, 2018

No. 8 Texas has lost to four different teams this season, but TCU was different. When TCU sophomore guard Kianna Ray hit a pair of free throws to take a 79-77 lead over the Longhorns on Jan. 10 in Fort...


Bench players look to make big impact against TCU

Drew King February 2, 2018

Everything was offbeat for the Longhorns. Late in the fourth quarter against the Horned Frogs on Jan. 10, TCU junior forward Amy Okonkwo set a screen on Texas senior guard Brooke McCarty’s right...


Texas stifled inside and out in 81-56 road loss to Baylor

Drew King January 26, 2018

WACO, Texas — Three looks inside and zero points to show for it. Late in the second quarter of No. 6 Texas’ 81-56 loss to No. 3 Baylor on Thursday night, sophomore guard Alecia Sutton received...


Baylor’s Kalani Brown poses big threat to Texas on Thursday

Drew King January 24, 2018

Early in the third quarter of Saturday’s 75-50 win over Kansas State, Baylor senior forward Dekeiya Cohen lobbed a high-arching post feed to Kalani Brown. The ball would have soared out of bounds...


Longhorns look to rebound against Texas Tech

Drew King January 19, 2018

Head coach Karen Aston kept her head held high. No. 9 Texas had just battled with the top-ranked team in the country — and lost.  No. 1 UConn rolled past the Longhorns on Monday night just...


No. 1 UConn staves off No. 9 Texas, 75-71

Drew King January 16, 2018

In front of a crowd of over 11,000, the Huskies got hit in the mouth. Early in the first quarter of No. 9 Texas’ 75-71 loss to No. 1 UConn on Monday night, junior wing Katie Lou Samuelson got...


Holmes and Atkins power No. 7 Texas past Kansas, 79-62

Drew King January 14, 2018

Joyner Holmes was frustrated. The sophomore forward spent nearly half the season serving a semester-long suspension in the fall. When she returned, she was relegated to the bench despite starting in...


Column: Brooke McCarty is officially in a shooting slump

Drew King January 13, 2018

On Wednesday against TCU, with 1:48 left to play and Texas ahead by two points, senior guard Brooke McCarty zig-zagged her way into the paint and raced toward the rim for a layup. She’s performed...


Higgs powers Longhorns through slow start in 75-64 win over Kansas State

Drew King January 8, 2018

When junior guard Lashann Higgs went to the bench with 3:41 left in the first quarter, she took all of Texas’ offense with her. Early in their 75-64 win over Kansas State at the Bramlage...


Higgs, Longhorns outgun Cowgirls 84-79

Drew King January 4, 2018

The Longhorns just couldn’t dial in the distance. No. 20 Oklahoma State stifled their way to a seven-point lead with 5:58 left in the fourth quarter. No. 8 Texas entered the game shooting 33.6...


Longhorns cast out Demons, overcome injuries in 68-44 win

Drew King December 14, 2017

Texas started its home game against Northwestern State on Wednesday night in a familiar position. No junior forward Khaleann Caron-Goudreau. No junior forward Jordan Hosey. No senior guard Brooke McCarty....


Texas falters against Tennessee, suffers first loss of season

Drew King December 11, 2017

A layup from senior guard Ariel Atkins with 2:07 remaining in the fourth quarter left Texas down 73-69. After a free throw from Tennessee freshman guard Anastasia Hayes, Atkins hit a jumper to cut the...


Jatarie White is moving past more than just defenders

Drew King December 8, 2017

It took Jatarie White two dribbles to get where she needed. During the third quarter in a game against Georgia on Dec. 3, the junior forward squared up with the rim, bounced the ball once to move to...


Longhorns silence Lady Bulldogs, stay perfect

Drew King December 4, 2017

No. 2 Texas has already established itself among the national elite this season, going 7–0 and winning by an average margin of 36.5 points to start the season. The Longhorns punctuated the hot streak...


Texas cruises to another victory at the Drum

Drew King December 1, 2017

During the halftime of Texas’ game against Louisiana Tech on Thursday night, former Longhorns Jody Conradt and Nell Fortner sat at midcourt reminiscing about their first game at the Frank Erwin Center. Forty...


Longhorns outpace Roadrunners, improve to 3-0

Drew King November 20, 2017

Freshman forward Rellah Boothe missed her first free throw, high fived a few teammates, then lined back up to take her second. The streak was close to ending. The Longhorns were up 29-12 over the University...

Scenarios: vs. Texas Tech

Drew King November 20, 2017

Texas wins if Nic Shimonek hadn’t had a bad game.  The Texas Tech senior quarterback had never completed less than 60 percent of his passes, never thrown for less than 200 yards and never...

Scenarios: vs. No. 24 West Virginia

Drew King November 17, 2017

Texas wins if It’s become impossible to win in the Big 12 without a good quarterback. Oklahoma State senior Mason Rudolph leads the nation in passing yards, followed by Oklahoma redshirt senior...


Texas crushes Stetson on the boards in season opener

Drew King November 13, 2017

At a Longhorns’ practice two weeks ago, head coach Karen Aston was irked. The Longhorns were running a free throw drill in which the players needed to get an offensive rebound against the scout...

Scenarios: vs. Kansas

Drew King November 10, 2017

Texas wins if Nearly a year has passed and not much has changed for Texas and Kansas.  The Longhorns finished fifth in total offense and seventh in total defense in the Big 12 at the end of...


In more ways than one, Brooke McCarty is engaged

Drew King November 9, 2017

When senior guard Brooke McCarty rises up for a hesitation dribble, she always makes the same face. She raises her eyebrows to her forehead. Her eyes grow big. She stares like a deer in the headlights...


Longhorns lock down against Oklahoma City

Drew King November 6, 2017

On Saturday, head coach Karen Aston was looking for a defensive stopper — someone who had the confidence to take on a talented offensive player from the opposing team and make her life miserable....

Scenarios: vs. No. 10 TCU

Drew King November 3, 2017

Texas wins if Before its game against Baylor, Texas had gone five straight games without a single running back gaining 50 yards rushing.  On Saturday, however, two backs were able to do...

Scenarios: vs. Baylor

Drew King October 27, 2017

Texas wins if Though the show ended before he was born, Sam Ehlinger is still showing “Growing Pains” every week. The freshman quarterback has shown some promise. He’s completed...


Newcomers stand out at Orange-White scrimmage

Drew King October 26, 2017

Last Saturday, head coach Karen Aston asked her players to give themselves a grade based on the team’s performance — the Longhorns had just finished a closed-door scrimmage against a scout...

Scenarios: vs. Oklahoma State

Drew King October 20, 2017

The Longhorns were unable to slow down redshirt senior quarterback Baker Mayfield and the potent Sooner offense in a 29-24 loss to then-No. 12 Oklahoma last week.  Mayfield completed 17 of 27 passes...

Scenarios: vs. Oklahoma

Drew King October 13, 2017

Texas wins if Last week, Iowa State handed then-No. 3 Oklahoma its first loss of the season, which dropped the Sooners nine spots in the AP Poll to No. 12. The Cyclones didn’t do anything too...

Scenarios: vs. Kansas State

Drew King October 6, 2017

Texas wins if It’s been nearly a month since the Longhorns last played at home, but they’ll need to recapture the offensive firepower they found in a 56-0 win against San Jose State...

Ashley Shook claims Big 12 Freshman of the Week

Drew King October 4, 2017

On Monday, Big 12 officials named freshman setter Ashley Shook the Big 12 Freshman of the Week, the first award of her career. In a pair of wins over Baylor and Kansas State last week, Shook led No....

Scenarios: vs. Iowa State

Drew King September 28, 2017

Texas wins if The Longhorn defense has been incredibly polarizing through three games. They allowed 51 points against Maryland in Week One, then proceeded to shut out San Jose State the next week. In...

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Jackson-Jones’ battles go beyond the hardwood

Drew King September 26, 2017

In a conversation with her trainer, former Longhorn Tiffany Jackson-Jones was adamant that she needed to continue her routine. “If I’m not calling you, I need you to call me,” Jackson-Jones...

Scenarios: vs. No. 4 USC

Drew King September 15, 2017

Texas wins if This season, Texas has allowed less total points and yards to opposing teams than No. 4 USC. Granted, the Trojans have faced a much steeper level of competition. Sam Darnold and company...

Scenarios: vs. San Jose State

Drew King September 8, 2017

Texas wins if If the Longhorns plan on avoiding a second consecutive upset, they must keep the ball out of the Spartans’ hands. The easiest way to do so is to pound the rock early and often. Last...


Longhorns find chemistry on and off the court in Italy

Drew King September 7, 2017

Karen Aston began planning the Longhorns’ trip abroad two years ago.  Texas’ head coach wanted to take her players on an expedition that would expose them to different cultures and...


Scenarios: vs. Maryland

Drew King September 1, 2017

Texas wins if The Longhorns will be successful against Maryland if they can slow down the Terrapins’ high-octane ground game. All seven of the Longhorns’ starting defensive front from last...


The four biggest storylines from Big 12 Football Media Days

Drew King July 19, 2017

College football season is still a few weeks down the road, but fans are already buzzing with excitement over the upcoming season. Coaches and players from each Big 12 school – along with Commissioner...


Texas concludes up-and-down NCAA Outdoor Championships

Drew King June 12, 2017

After an impressive showing at preliminaries in which 23 Longhorns qualified for nationals, the stage was set for Texas to put on a show at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon. However, the...

John Burt and Spencer Dunkerley-Offor come together at last

Drew King June 7, 2017

As soon as the starter pistol popped at the NCAA West Preliminaries on May 27, sophomore John Burt and senior Spencer Dunkerley-Offor found themselves at opposite ends of their 110-meter hurdles quarterfinal...

The first step is crucial for O’Brien Wasome

Drew King June 6, 2017

O’Brien Wasome has a specific routine before he attempts a long or triple jump. He starts by clapping his hands, encouraging the crowd—and his competitors—to join in. Then, after leaning...

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Perseverance pays off for Alan Zapalac

Drew King May 5, 2017

During his junior year of high school, Alan Zapalac applied to work for a Texas Roadhouse restaurant in Wallis, Texas. He was told they weren’t hiring and went looking for work elsewhere. “My...


Texas fights through windy conditions at Longhorn Invitational

Drew King May 1, 2017

Strong winds coming up from the south flowed through Mike A. Myers Stadium all day Saturday at the Longhorn Invitational. Though conditions were less than desirable, Texas head coach Mario Sategna expected...


Gordon realizing leadership role ahead of Longhorn Invitational

Drew King April 28, 2017

Sitting inside the McFerrin Athletic Center at Texas A&M, senior sprinter Chrisann Gordon had her face buried in her hands. She had just taken sixth place in the women’s 400 meters finals...


Longhorns look to divide and conquer at outdoor season meets

Drew King April 21, 2017

The field, sprints and distance crews each travel to different meets this weekend. While splitting up is common during the indoor season, it doesn’t typically occur outdoors. “It always...


Longhorn men run away with Texas Invitational victory

Drew King April 17, 2017

Prior to the Texas Invitational, head coach Mario Sategna said he was excited to see how some of the field athletes would perform. They didn’t disappoint. Discus throwers, freshman Elena Bruckner...


Texas Invitational provides an opportunity to build for Zola Golden

Drew King April 14, 2017

Zola Golden made the journey south from her home in the suburb of Lagrangeville, New York, to the Bronx at least three times a week when she was younger. It was all for one goal — to improve her...


Crouser, Carter share memories of Olympics and Texas Relays

Drew King and Leah Vann April 4, 2017

Ryan Crouser refreshed his phone screen of the women’s shot put final results this summer in Rio. He refreshed it again and again. He was waiting to see if fellow Longhorn Michelle Carter could...


Longhorns shine on final day of Texas Relays

Drew King and Leah Vann April 3, 2017

Longhorn seniors and former Olympians lined the center of the field at Mike A. Myers Stadium as their names and accolades were called over the loudspeakers.  This was it. For the seniors, it was...


Longhorns pick up the pace on day three of Relays

Drew King and Leah Vann April 1, 2017

Friday was a game of “survival of the fastest” as the sprints took flight in the early morning. After seniors Morolake Akinosun and Courtney Okolo graduated last year, the Longhorns looked...

Longhorns battle through up-and-down second day of Relays

Drew King March 31, 2017

After an impressive first day at the Texas Relays by the Longhorns’ multi group, Texas was snared by a few setbacks on day two. Junior Steele Wasik, who set personal records in four events Wednesday,...


Youth a key factor for Longhorns at Texas Relays

Leah Vann and Drew King March 30, 2017

Of the  7,700-plus athletes who entered to compete at the Texas Relays this week, 18 of them are freshmen for the Longhorns. Two of them, Virginia Preiss and George Patrick, made their respective...

Teahna Daniels’ road to recovery returns to Texas Relays

Drew King March 28, 2017

Sitting on the bleachers on the south side of the Mike A. Myers Stadium, sophomore Teahna Daniels took a deep sigh and raised her finger to point at the opposite end of the track. “It was right...

Charles Anumnu prepares for outdoor debut at Victor Lopez Classic

Drew King March 24, 2017

Despite being on the road this weekend, Charles Anumnu feels he still has the home advantage at the upcoming Victor Lopez Classic. The meet, which begins on March 24, takes place at Rice, less than...

Texas men and women finish ninth and 25th at NCAA Indoors

Drew King March 12, 2017

COLLEGE STATION—After taking fifth place in the preliminary round of the 60-meter hurdles on Friday, freshman Rushelle Burton once again found herself in uncharted territory: the final round of the...

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Longhorns set to run at NCAA Indoors

Drew King March 10, 2017

The Longhorns travel to College Station this weekend to take on the nation’s top competitors at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships on March 10 and 11.  With both the men and women’s...

The Longhorn men win their third title in five seasons

Drew King February 27, 2017

In every season since 2013, at least one of Texas’ track and field teams have won the conference championship. This year, it was the men’s turn. The men came away with their third Big 12...


Track star Mahler tunes into Austin atmosphere

Drew King February 22, 2017

A pregnant woman and the soon-to-be father of her child lay asleep one night. Neither of them knew the sex of the baby, as is custom in Native American tradition. Suddenly, the man woke up from his dream. “It’s...


Longhorns shine on the road in Washington, Arkansas

Drew King February 13, 2017

The Longhorns achieved solid performances all around at a pair of meets over the weekend and proved once again they are not to be overlooked. Senior mid-distance runner Mary Beth Hamilton shed a full...


Texas finishes strong on second day of trio of meets

Drew King February 6, 2017

Texas entered a weekend full of track and field action ready to kick its season off to a hot start.  Head coach Mario Sategna said his team needed to set the tone for the remainder of the season. “The...


Big 12 Notebook: SEC/Big 12 Challenge ends in 5-5 tie

Drew King January 31, 2017

Iowa State drops the ball versus Vanderbilt  Everything went according to plan for Iowa State early in Saturday’s game. The Cyclones jumped out to an early 11-point lead in the first half,...

Robinson, Gordon set to begin spring season

Drew King January 20, 2017

The Longhorns are set to kick off another indoor track and field season with goals to improve upon last season’s success. At the 2016 NCAA Indoor National Championships, the men and women placed...


Longhorns in the NBA

Drew King January 18, 2017

Before the annual NBA All-Star Game is played, fans are encouraged to vote for their favorite players to start for each conference’s team. This season is the first time the NBA is allowing media...


Longhorns making noise early in NBA season

Drew King November 30, 2016

One month into the NBA regular season, teams now have a decent sample size of games under their belts and their rosters have started to gel. While still early in the year, many players have already exceeded...

Questions revolve around Spurs, Warriors heading into NBA opening night

Drew King October 25, 2016

The San Antonio Spurs storm into the Bay Area on Oct. 25 to play the Golden State Warriors on the opening night of the 2016-2017 NBA regular season. The matchup features the two teams that finished...

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