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All content by Justin Martinez

A brighter day: How Imani McGee-Stafford found light in darkest of times

Justin Martinez April 19, 2018

On the surface, Imani McGee-Stafford is used to winning. The 6-foot-7-inch center for the Atlanta Dream comes from a family of champions. Her mother, Pamela McGee, is a WNBA Hall of Fame inductee and...


Tina Thompson accepts head coaching job at Virginia

Justin Martinez April 17, 2018

After three seasons as a Texas assistant coach, Tina Thompson has been named the head coach of the Virginia women’s basketball team. Tuesday’s announcement ends the Cavaliers’ 27-day...


Atkins’ heroics come up short as Texas falls to UCLA, 84-75

Justin Martinez March 24, 2018

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Ariel Atkins gave her all to the Longhorns’ program, even down to the last second. The senior guard walked off the court of the Sprint Center after Friday’s...


Five takeaways from Texas vs. Arizona State

Justin Martinez March 20, 2018

The Longhorns handled business on the home court of the Frank Erwin Center on Monday night, defeating 7-seeded Arizona State to advance to the Sweet Sixteen, 85-65. Here are five takeaways from the...


Ariel Atkins delivers in 83-54 demolition of Maine

Justin Martinez March 18, 2018

Ariel Atkins jogged onto the court at the Frank Erwin Center on Saturday determined to survive. For four years the senior guard had given the Texas program everything she had. Now she found herself...


Atkins, McCarty look to extend their careers against Maine

Justin Martinez March 17, 2018

Ariel Atkins has become Texas’ level-headed, battle-tested leader over her four years with the team. But on Friday, for the first time in a long time, she was anxious.   The Longhorns had...


Texas advances to Big 12 Championship with 68-55 win over West Virginia

Justin Martinez March 5, 2018

It wasn’t supposed to end like this. With just 4.3 seconds remaining in the 2017 Big 12 semifinals, the second-seeded Longhorns found themselves on the verge of an upset, trailing sixth-seeded...


Longhorns look for redemption in Big 12 Tournament

Justin Martinez March 2, 2018

With just three seconds left in the game on Feb. 19, Brooke McCarty dashed toward the three-point line. She took two dribbles, pulled up at the top of the arc and released a contested three against...


McCarty and Atkins catch fire on senior night in 79-66 win over Oklahoma

Justin Martinez February 28, 2018

Senior guards Ariel Atkins and Brooke McCarty walked off the court at the Frank Erwin Center on Tuesday night in the most fitting way possible — with a win. The backcourt duo capped off a four-year...


Andrew Jones announces he’s been released from the hospital

Justin Martinez February 27, 2018

Texas sophomore guard Andrew Jones reached a milestone on the path to his recovery from leukemia on Saturday as he was released from the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. The news of Jones’...


With her college career winding down, Brooke McCarty remains focused on the now

Justin Martinez February 23, 2018

Brooke McCarty is on a mission. With players such as fellow senior guard Ariel Atkins and junior guard Lashann Higgs always ready to score, McCarty’s role for the No. 6 Longhorns is usually that...


McCarty’s career-high 32 not enough in 93-87 loss to No. 3 Baylor

Justin Martinez February 20, 2018

Senior guard Brooke McCarty walked off the court on Monday night to the sight of a standing ovation and with her head held high. The scoreboard of No. 6 Texas’ game against No. 3 Baylor showed...


Texas’ depth proves too much for No. 21 Oklahoma State in 77-62 road win

Justin Martinez February 17, 2018

Texas got some of its worst news of the season on Thursday when it found out senior forward Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau had been ruled out indefinitely because of a left wrist injury she sustained in the...


Tina Thompson receives Hall of Fame selection

Justin Martinez February 14, 2018

Editor's note: This story has been updated since its original publication on Feb. 12.  Texas head coach Karen Aston rarely places a team film session on hold for a phone call, but she made...


Texas Tech game poses golden opportunity for Joyner Holmes

Justin Martinez February 14, 2018

You could hear the impact from the upper deck. Fans at the Frank Erwin Center held their breaths Saturday night during No. 6 Texas’ game against Kansas State. Senior forward Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau...


Tina Thompson receives Hall of Fame selection

Justin Martinez February 13, 2018

The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame inducted its newest member on Monday night, announcing the selection of Texas associate head coach Tina Thompson. “I am extremely honored to be inducted...


Texas rallies behind McCarty for 76-54 win over Wildcats

Justin Martinez February 11, 2018

Kansas State played two steps ahead on Saturday night, and it didn’t matter. The No. 6 Longhorns won on the Wildcats’ terms at the Frank Erwin Center, besting a Kansas State team that seemed...


Jatarie White looks to guide Longhorns to sweep over Kansas State

Justin Martinez February 9, 2018

Not every star has to shine bright. Texas’ backcourt is a red carpet. Senior guards Brooke McCarty and Ariel Atkins will leave behind a legacy when they depart from the 40 Acres this summer, and...


Texas fends off Kansas to complete season sweep, 55-41

Justin Martinez February 1, 2018

Kansas was the better team in the first half of its game against Texas on Jan. 13. Shots were falling with ease for the Jayhawks as they shocked the then-No. 7 Longhorns by going into halftime with...


Texas looks for answers in road battle with Kansas

Justin Martinez January 31, 2018

Things get weird for the Longhorns when they leave Austin. Texas has been a nightmare for opponents when playing at the Frank Erwin Center this season, boasting a 10–1 record at home with an average...


Texas rights its wrongs against Iowa State, 87-55, in short turnaround

Justin Martinez January 28, 2018

Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau walked into the Frank Erwin Center on Friday determined to figure out what went wrong. The senior forward and her team were still licking their wounds from an 81-56 mauling...


Five takeaways from Texas’ 81-56 loss to Baylor

Justin Martinez January 26, 2018

WACO, Texas — The No. 6 Longhorns entered Thursday night’s road game against No. 3 Baylor with hopes of a season-defining victory. Those hopes were shattered as Texas fell to the Bears in an...


Atkins, Longhorns ready to battle with the Bears

Justin Martinez January 25, 2018

Ariel Atkins couldn’t get a shot to go down. An invisible lid seemed to be on the rim for the then-junior guard as the No. 6 Longhorns hosted No. 4 Baylor on Feb. 20, 2017. Three-point shots rimmed...


Longhorns bounce back against Texas Tech with 90-39 win

Justin Martinez January 21, 2018

Make no mistake — Texas is just fine. The No. 9 Longhorns entered Saturday’s road game against Texas Tech as losers of two of their last three games, pushing them to the edge of the nation’s...


Five takeaways from the Longhorns’ 75-71 loss to UConn

Justin Martinez January 16, 2018

The No. 9 Longhorns took No. 1 UConn down to the wire on Monday night at the Frank Erwin Center, but Texas couldn't pull off the upset, falling 75-71 to the Huskies. Here are five takeaways from Monday's...


TCU stuns No. 7 Texas in Fort Worth, 79-77

Justin Martinez January 11, 2018

The Horned Frogs had completely lost track of time. After slowing the pace and dribbling around the top of the arc late in the third quarter, no player recognized that the shot clock was down to five...


Texas survives against Utah, 3-2

Justin Martinez December 9, 2017

Exhale. Texas survived a 3-2 nail-biter on Friday in Palo Alto, California, fending off Utah in an elimination match to advance to the Regional Finals. Both teams entered the match with something...


Texas faces uphill battle in Palo Alto

Justin Martinez December 8, 2017

Nobody said it’d be easy. In college volleyball, titles are earned in December. Perhaps no program understands that more than the Texas team. The Longhorns have made it to the past three NCAA...


Texas sweeps Fairfield to advance to second round

Justin Martinez December 2, 2017

Texas entered Friday’s match against Fairfield with every advantage imaginable. The Longhorns had the depth, the No. 6 seed in the tournament and 3,817 fans at Gregory Gym behind them. But the...


Texas to host Fairfield in opening round of NCAA Tournament

Justin Martinez November 30, 2017

After waltzing their way through the regular season, the Longhorns are ready for the biggest dance of the year. Texas (24–2, 16–0) is set to open the first round of the NCAA Tournament on...


Texas wins Big 12 title with sweep over Oklahoma

Justin Martinez November 23, 2017

The Longhorns hoisted the Big 12 title trophy on Wednesday night the same way they earned it: together. Texas was crowned the king of the conference in front of a sold-out crowd at Gregory Gym, sweeping...


Seniors reflect, ready for final stretch

Justin Martinez and Keshav Prathivadi November 21, 2017

For seniors Ebony Nwanebu and Chiaka Ogbogu, every play on the court together is precious. The teammates’ paths crossed long before they stepped onto the 40 Acres, sharing the court in club play...


Longhorns clinch share of Big 12 title in 3–0 sweep over Kansas

Justin Martinez November 16, 2017

The sequel is rarely as good as the original, but Wednesday’s match was exactly the case in the latest chapter of the Texas-Kansas rivalry. The Big 12 powerhouses duked it out in a five-set thriller...


Shook leads Texas to 3–0 sweep over TCU

Justin Martinez November 9, 2017

Respect the setter. Freshman setter Ashley Shook prides herself in facilitating for her teammates, preferring to deliver an on-point pass to a hitter rather than elevating for a kill of her own. But...


Texas fights off Kansas State, 3-2

Justin Martinez November 2, 2017

Texas found itself in unknown territory on Wednesday night in Manhattan, Kansas. Kansas State (9–15, 2–9) entered its showdown with No. 3 Texas as losers of seven of its last eight...


Micaya White continues to blaze her own path

Justin Martinez October 26, 2017

In a family that plays above the net, sophomore Micaya White found a different approach. White grew up in a basketball household. Her father, Randy, averaged 21.2 points and 10.5 rebounds during his...


Texas tops Texas Tech on the road

Justin Martinez October 19, 2017

Cool heads prevailed in Lubbock on Wednesday night. After a rough start to the match, the Longhorns finally hit full stride in the latter sets, conquering Texas Tech on the road, 3-0. Both teams exchanged...


Nwanebu shines as Texas sweeps Iowa State

Justin Martinez October 16, 2017

At last, the Longhorns could finally see the finish line. After traveling 900 miles and playing two matches in six days, No. 5 Texas returned to the 40 Acres on Saturday to close out its hectic week,...


Texas faces quick turnaround for Iowa State

Justin Martinez October 13, 2017

Sophomore Micaya White boarded the team plane in Lawrence, Kansas, on Wednesday at 11:30 p.m., eager to get back home. White was spent. Her team had just earned one of its toughest victories of the...


Texas’ defense stifles TCU in 3-0 sweep

Justin Martinez October 9, 2017

It’s hard to win a match when you can’t get the ball over the net. TCU learned this the hard way on Sunday as No. 5 Texas repeatedly denied the Horned Frogs’ offense, recording 11...


Texas rests up before TCU match

Justin Martinez October 6, 2017

Everybody needs a vacation from time to time, and such is the case for the No. 5 Longhorns as they reach the halfway mark of their season. Texas is currently on a seven-day break — the longest stretch...


Texas blows away Kansas State, sweeps Wildcats 3-0

Justin Martinez October 2, 2017

Junior middle blocker Morgan Johnson elevated above the net, drilling the ball down the heart of the Kansas State defense with a thud that echoed through the stands at Gregory Gymnasium. The ball...


Sun looks to lead Texas in conference home-opener

Justin Martinez September 27, 2017

Freshman Lexi Sun still remembers stepping foot on the 40 Acres this past summer as the new kid. It was just three months ago that the California native put on the Texas practice jersey for the first...


No. 6 Texas dismantles the Aggies in College Station, 3-0

Justin Martinez September 14, 2017

The darker the red, the sweeter the win. The Longhorns aren’t exactly welcomed in College Station, but Texas tuned out the 3,000 screaming fans at Reed Arena and delivered a clean 3-0 sweep over...


Longhorns take a rare trip to College Station

Justin Martinez September 13, 2017

There’s something about the color maroon that gets people fired up in Austin. Texas A&M left the Big 12 in 2011, but that didn’t dissolve tensions between the two teams. The renowned...


Texas volleyball sweeps competition in home opener

Justin Martinez September 8, 2017

There are few things you can consistently count on in Austin: hot weather, good barbecue and some great Texas volleyball. After five straight road matches to start the season, the No. 5 Longhorns returned...


Ogbogu’s journey comes full-circle in Thursday’s home opener

Justin Martinez September 7, 2017

Senior Chiaka Ogbogu lost a year of her playing career in 2016, but she gained so much more in the process. Ogbogu developed into a star in her first three seasons with Texas. The 6-foot-2-inch middle...


New faces hope to put Texas back on top

Justin Martinez August 30, 2017

It’s next man up for the Longhorns in their pursuit of a title, and freshman setter Ashley Shook is ready for her number to be called. Former setter Chloe Collins served as the backbone of Texas’...


Texas loses season opener, rebounds against Oregon

Justin Martinez August 28, 2017

Inexperience proved to be the Longhorns’ Achilles’ heel when they opened the season on Friday night. They lost on the road to No. 12 Florida, 3-1. Despite boasting an array of young talent,...


Longhorns fall in quarterfinals to No. 15 Oklahoma, 4-3

Justin Martinez April 28, 2017

Oklahoma stormed the court following its 4-3 win over No. 9 Texas on Thursday. But on the other side of the court, the Longhorns walked away from the ongoing celebration, knowing they let an opportunity...


No. 9 Texas faces No. 15 Oklahoma in Big 12 quarterfinals

Justin Martinez April 27, 2017

It’s “win or go home” for No. 9 Texas as they head to Norman, Oklahoma, for the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Championships. With the regular season in the books, Texas is ready to make...


Texas stumbles in regular season finale against No. 9 TCU

Justin Martinez April 24, 2017

The No. 7 Longhorns (19–7) entered Fort Worth on Saturday with hopes of ending their regular season with a statement victory over No. 9 TCU. But those hopes never materialized as the Horned Frogs...


Texas takes on No. 9 TCU in season finale

Justin Martinez April 21, 2017

It’s been a tale of two teams for No. 7 Texas this season — one that thrives at home and one that struggles on the road. But the Longhorns (19–6) hope to change their luck on Saturday...


Longhorns beat No. 44 Texas Tech on Senior Day, 4-1

Justin Martinez April 17, 2017

Seniors George Goldhoff and William Jou received a standing ovation Saturday at Caswell Tennis Center prior to No. 8 Texas’ 4-1 win over No. 44 Texas Tech. Head coach Michael Center and assistant...

Texas looks to rebound against Texas Tech

Justin Martinez April 14, 2017

Texas kept playing long after the fans at Caswell Tennis Center emptied the stadium. The No. 8 Longhorns (18–6) suffered one of their worst losses of the season on Wednesday, getting blown out...


Texas faces Baylor in top-10 showdown

Justin Martinez April 12, 2017

“Defend home court” is this year’s mantra for No. 8 Texas, but the Longhorns will be tested Wednesday when they host No. 4 Baylor at Caswell Tennis Center at 6 p.m. The Longhorns (18-5)...


Sigsgaard finds a second home at Texas

Justin Martinez April 7, 2017

Christian Sigsgaard came to the United States to win. The 6-foot-3-inch freshman grew up in Naestved, Denmark, mostly spending his time playing soccer with friends. Growing up, tennis wasn’t even...

Texas falls short in Stillwater

Justin Martinez April 3, 2017

Oklahoma State players formed a dogpile on the court in front of their home crowd as Texas walked off in disappointment Sunday, falling just short of a comeback. The No. 6 Longhorns (18-5) entered Stillwater...

Texas outlasts rival Sooners

Justin Martinez April 1, 2017

Senior George Goldhoff finally got his revenge Friday against No. 13 Oklahoma. Texas fought its way into 3-3 nail biter with the Sooners in the 2015 Big 12 Semifinals. Goldhoff, a sophomore at the time,...


Goldhoff leads No. 6 Texas into Oklahoma for conference opener

Justin Martinez March 31, 2017

George Goldhoff is the lone senior for Texas, and the Longhorns hope to lean on his experience as they begin conference play with a road test against a pair of top-15 opponents. No. 6 Texas (17–4)...


Texas dismantles UT-Arlington, 7-0

Justin Martinez March 22, 2017

Texas is no stranger to close matches, but no comebacks were necessary Tuesday at Caswell Tennis Center in the Longhorn’s 7-0 rout of UT-Arlington. The No. 6 Longhorns (17-4) exuded confidence...

Scott looks to lead No. 8 Texas past UT-Arlington

Justin Martinez March 21, 2017

Sophomore Harrison Scott is the backbone of the young Longhorns group. The soft-spoken Canadian leads by example, recording 14 singles wins this season — the most on the team. It’s this...

Texas torches No. 24 Columbia 4-1

Justin Martinez March 18, 2017

The No. 8 Longhorns (16-4) have grown accustomed to playing from behind as of late, and they did it once again Friday against No. 24 Columbia at Caswell Tennis Center. Texas crawled out of the gate,...

No. 8 Texas set to host No. 24 Columbia

Justin Martinez March 16, 2017

The No. 8 Longhorns are coming off a whirlwind of emotions after rallying Wednesday to defeat No. 2 Ohio State, 4-3. The celebration got cut short, however, as Texas now shifts its focus to a matchup...

No. 8 Texas takes on No. 2 Ohio State in Austin

Justin Martinez March 15, 2017

No. 8 Texas (14-4) has preached its eagerness to take on the best teams in the country since day one. That chance presents itself Wednesday when the Longhorns host No. 2 Ohio State (16-1) at Caswell...

Telles lifts the Longhorns over No. 6 California

Justin Martinez March 12, 2017

Leonardo Telles didn’t play his best tennis Friday in No. 8 Texas’ 4-1 loss to No. 41 Stanford in Palo Alto, California. But the undaunted sophomore out of Sao Paulo, Brazil, shook off the...


No. 8 Texas travels to California for doubleheader

Justin Martinez March 10, 2017

The No. 8 Longhorns (13–3) boarded their plane Wednesday afternoon with a “business as usual” mentality. Spring break commences today, but Texas tennis still has work to do.  Many...

Texas splits weekend at home

Justin Martinez March 6, 2017

No. 8 Texas (13-3) wanted another shot at No. 3 Wake Forest, but the Longhorns got more than they could handle Saturday in a 4-0 loss to the Demon Deacons. The Longhorns seemed outmatched from the start...


No. 8 Texas gets another shot at No. 3 Wake Forest

Justin Martinez March 3, 2017

No. 8 Texas (12–2) still remembers the sting of defeat after its loss to No. 3 Wake Forest earlier in the season. The Longhorns have a chance for revenge as they take on the Demon Deacons Saturday...


No. 7 Texas remains undefeated at home, beating Wichita State 6-1

Justin Martinez February 27, 2017

Sophomore Leonardo Telles let out a powerful yell, pumping his fists as the burnt orange crowd at Weller Tennis Courts rose to its feet in applause. The Brazilian’s 7-6 (4), 6-2 victory over Wichita...

No. 7 Texas comes back home for a matchup against Wichita State

Justin Martinez February 24, 2017

Home is where the wins are for the No. 7 Longhorns.  And as they begin their three-match home stand against Wichita State (3–4) this weekend, they hope to defend their undefeated record of...


No. 10 Texas goes 2-1 in ITA Indoor Championship

Justin Martinez February 20, 2017

The Longhorns could barely watch on Saturday as sophomore Rodrigo Banzer battled Wake Forest’s Alan Gadjiev in Charlottesville, Virginia in a nail-biting final set.  The winner would...


No. 11 Longhorns carry five-game win streak into weekend doubleheader

Justin Martinez February 10, 2017

No. 11 Texas (7–1) enters its doubleheader against Purdue and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Sunday with something to prove. The Longhorns are hoping to post a better performance after edging out...

Longhorns take care of business against Virginia Tech

Justin Martinez February 6, 2017

No. 10 Texas (7–1) bested Virginia Tech on Saturday with a 4-3 victory at Weller Tennis Center. Sophomores Julian Zlobinsky and Harrison Scott kicked things off for the Longhorns in doubles...


Texas notches first win of the season in home opener

Justin Martinez November 17, 2016

The No. 8 Longhorns walked onto the court of the Frank Erwin Center in front of their home crowd Wednesday for the first time this season. The team came into the matchup with Houston Baptist looking...


Texas sweeps UTSA on the road

Justin Martinez November 7, 2016

Coming off an undefeated start to fall play, the Longhorns (6–0) knew they had to carry their momentum on the road.    And they answered the call over the weekend, defeating UTSA on...


Softball heads on first road trip of fall season

Justin Martinez November 4, 2016

The Longhorns will leave the comfort of Austin on Friday when they travel to San Antonio to take on UTSA at Roadrunner Field. Texas brings a four-game win streak and an undefeated record into the...


Texas holds on, defeats McLennan 1-0

Justin Martinez October 28, 2016

Texas boasts a student enrollment of close to six times more than that of McLennan Community College. But the Highlanders gave the Longhorns all they could handle Thursday night at McCombs Field.  Texas...


Texas continues fall-season home stand against McLennan

Justin Martinez October 27, 2016

The Longhorns are set to host McLennan Community College on Thursday at Red and Charline McCombs Field in Austin. The team looks to remain undefeated after starting the season with two resounding wins.  Texas...


Texas shuts out Temple College in 7-0 win

Justin Martinez October 24, 2016

Texas defeated Temple College 7–0 Friday to start its fall season with a perfect 2–0 record. The Longhorns were on a mission from the get-go. A laser down the left side by senior third baseman...


Longhorns continue fall softball season against Temple College

Justin Martinez October 21, 2016

Burnt orange faithful will pack Red and Charline McCombs Field again Friday as the Longhorns take on Temple College in their second game of the fall season. Texas put their talent on full display in...


Texas starts off fall schedule with blowout win over St. Edwards

Justin Martinez October 13, 2016

The Longhorns took the field Wednesday night for the first time since May.  And they put on a show, defeating St. Edwards by a score of 12-3 in their fall schedule opener. With the fall season...

Cross country, golf and tennis prepare for slate of weekend sports

Men’s golf to kickoff season in Illinois The No. 1 Longhorns are set to begin their season at the Fighting Illini Invitational in Olympia Fields, Illinois, this weekend. Texas returns with four...

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