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All content by Sydney Rubin

30: Sports writer thanks female coach for being role model

Sydney Rubin May 5, 2017

Four years ago, I stepped on to the 40 Acres without a clue in the world. I was 2,000 miles away from my home in Portland, Oregon and I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. In fact, I thought...


Higgs, Washington share connection beyond the court

Sydney Rubin April 26, 2017

The Longhorns sing “The Eyes of Texas” after every home game at the Frank Erwin Center. Many Texas players wrap their arms around teammates and coaches during the song, sometimes even fans....


Destiny Littleton to take official visit with Texas

Sydney Rubin April 17, 2017

Destiny Littleton, the leading scorer in the 2017 class, will take an official visit with Texas on Tuesday, according to a source within the program. Littleton became the 2017 Gatorade Player of the...


The future looks great for the Longhorns despite falling short of Final Four goal

Sydney Rubin March 28, 2017

The Longhorns’ 2016–17 season reflects a program continuously on the rise. The triumph of beating a dominant Baylor team for the first time in seven years, a 19-game winning streak packed...


Lang, Taylor play final game for Texas in Sweet 16 loss to Stanford

Sydney Rubin March 25, 2017

LEXINGTON, Kentucky — Texas’ season began with a loss to Stanford and it ended the same way Friday night. The Longhorns had a season-long goal of reaching the Final Four in Dallas, just...


Longhorns hope for different outcome in rematch with Cardinal in Sweet 16

Sydney Rubin March 24, 2017

LEXINGTON, Kentucky — The Longhorns have a history of success inside Rupp Arena, which sits perched on the University of Kentucky’s campus.  In 1986, Texas capped off a perfect 34–0...

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Aston dedicates late communication to victory over Wolfpack

Sydney Rubin March 21, 2017

Head coach Karen Aston walked into the Texas locker room following Sunday’s second-round win in the NCAA Tournament and gave high fives to all 13 of her players. “That’s what I’m...


Longhorns battle back from second-half deficit to advance to Sweet 16

Sydney Rubin March 20, 2017

The smallest girl on the court led the Longhorns to a huge victory Sunday at the Frank Erwin Center. Junior guard Brooke McCarty poured in 23 points and shot 3-of-7 from beyond the arc as third-seeded...


Texas prepares for second-round matchup against North Carolina State

Sydney Rubin March 18, 2017

Brooke McCarty saw something she liked prior to Texas’ 78-50 victory over Central Arkansas on Friday. The junior guard couldn’t stop staring at the national championship ring on Mack Brown’s...


Longhorns need to regain confidence heading into NCAA Tournament

Sydney Rubin March 7, 2017

It’s clear that the Longhorns aren’t playing with the same sense of urgency they showed during their historic 19-game win streak earlier in the season. It was evident when the Longhorns...


Taylor earns recognition for tough defense

Sydney Rubin March 3, 2017

You often have to look past the box score to recognize Brianna Taylor’s impact on the hardwood.  The senior’s significance on the court stretches far beyond scoring or rebounding,...


Longhorns end regular season with road win against Kansas State

Sydney Rubin February 28, 2017

Joyner Holmes grabbed a defensive rebound and soared coast-to-coast to finish on the other end. It took the freshman forward five seconds to secure the board, make her way down court and tack on two...


Longhorns prepare to honor Taylor, Lang on Senior Night

Sydney Rubin February 24, 2017

Two Longhorns will hit the Frank Erwin Center court one last time this regular season as No. 6 Texas hosts Iowa State this Friday for Senior Night. Guard Brianna Taylor and center Kelsey Lang are...


Longhorns fall in crucial conference matchup

Sydney Rubin February 21, 2017

The Longhorns stood sparsely on the court, defending Baylor’s inbounds pass with 6.1 seconds to go Monday night in front of 7,103 fans at the Frank Erwin Center. Down by three points after a ferocious...


Longhorns use late comeback to sink Seminoles in double overtime thriller

Sydney Rubin February 14, 2017

Fifty minutes felt like a decade Monday night at Donald L. Tucker Civic Center in Tallahassee. It took two overtimes, but the No. 8 Longhorns escaped a first-half slump to take down the No. 4 Seminoles,...


Defense helps Longhorns roll past Jayhawks at home

Sydney Rubin February 13, 2017

It was a block party on Saturday at the Frank Erwin Center. The No. 11 Longhorns swatted away a season–high 13 blocks as they took down the Jayhawks 75-42 to remain perfect in Big 12 play.  Junior...


Lang reaches milestone in final season at Texas

Sydney Rubin February 8, 2017

Kelsey Lang flipped a simple layup into the basket Saturday in Texas’ 63-58 victory over Kansas State. While that bucket counted for just two points toward her 10-point total, it counted for much...


Longhorns hang on late to defeat Bears for first time in seven years

Sydney Rubin February 7, 2017

WACO — Deafening cheers from a boisterous green and gold crowd echoed throughout the Ferrell Center on Monday night.   Baylor fans edged their team on as the No. 2 Bears inched closer and...


Longhorns escape Stillwater behind hot night from Atkins

Sydney Rubin February 2, 2017

Ariel Atkins stole the show Wednesday night. The No. 12 Longhorns escaped Stillwater, Oklahoma, with an 85-71 victory over the Cowgirls, largely behind three-point heroics from Atkins and fellow junior...


Win streak to be tested in Stillwater

Sydney Rubin February 1, 2017

Their biggest conference test has yet to come, but the No. 12 Longhorns aren’t getting too ahead of themselves.  Texas defeated No. 22 West Virginia 69-54 on Sunday afternoon to...


Defense helps Longhorns outlast Mountaineers

Sydney Rubin January 30, 2017

The first quarter was quiet, but a slow start didn’t stop the surging Longhorns. No. 12 Texas (16–4, 10–0 Big 12) defeated No. 22 West Virginia (16–6, 4–6 Big 12) 69-54...


Holmes progresses as season moves on

Sydney Rubin January 25, 2017

Joyner Holmes picked up a basketball when she was four years old. She’s had one in her hand every day since then.   Holmes quickly developed a knack for the game. As a middle schooler...


Longhorns complete season sweep of Red Raiders

Sydney Rubin January 23, 2017

Texas Tech boasted an undefeated record on its home court entering Saturday’s matchup with No. 12 Texas. But the Longhorns had plans of extending a streak of their own. Texas (14–4, 8–0...


Longhorns look to extend winning streak as they host Sooners

Sydney Rubin January 17, 2017

The No. 12 Longhorns look to extend their winning streak to 11 on Tuesday as they host No. 20 Oklahoma.  Texas is coming off a 73-63 road victory over then-No. 18 West Virginia on Saturday. The...


No. 16 Texas extends win streak to 10 with road win in Morgantown

Sydney Rubin January 15, 2017

The No. 16 Longhorns extended their winning streak to 10 on Saturday as they took care of business against No. 18 West Virginia, 73-63, in Morgantown. Junior guard Ariel Atkins and freshman forward...


Aston earns 100th Texas win as No. 16 Longhorns cruise past Oklahoma State

Sydney Rubin January 11, 2017

Karen Aston earned her 100th win as Texas’ head coach Tuesday as the No. 16 Longhorns cruised to a 66-35 victory over Oklahoma State at the Frank Erwin Center. With the win, Texas moves to 11–4...


Aston earns 200th career win as No. 15 Longhorns defeat TCU

Sydney Rubin January 8, 2017

Head coach Karen Aston earned her 200th career win on Saturday as the No. 15 Longhorns took down TCU, 83-54, at the Frank Erwin Center. Aston, who’s in the midst of her fifth season on the 40...


No. 15 Longhorns defeat Kansas for seventh-straight victory

Sydney Rubin January 5, 2017

The No. 15 Longhorns cruised to their seventh-straight victory Wednesday as they took down the Jayhawks 66-54 in Lawrence, Kansas. Texas (9–4, 3–0 Big 12), which remains undefeated in conference...


No. 16 Longhorns pick up first road win on New Year’s Day

Sydney Rubin January 2, 2017

The No. 16 Longhorns started 2017 with their first road win of the season. Texas (8–4, 2–0 Big 12) defeated Iowa State (9–4, 0–2 Big 12) 75-68 Sunday in a game that came down...


No. 16 Texas dominates Texas Tech in conference opener

Sydney Rubin December 30, 2016

No. 16 Texas opened conference play Thursday with a 67-47 win over Texas Tech at the Frank Erwin Center. Three Longhorns recorded double-digit points in the victory as they held their opponent to under-50...


Longhorns down New Orleans to complete non-conference play

Sydney Rubin December 21, 2016

The Longhorns ended their non-conference campaign on a high note. No. 16 Texas (6–4) took down New Orleans (4–5) 80-48 on Tuesday at the Erwin Center in its final game before Big 12 play. A...


No. 16 Longhorns take down Roadrunners to move above .500

Sydney Rubin December 18, 2016

The No. 16 Longhorns are back to their winning ways. Texas (5–4) has won three-straight games after defeating the UTSA Roadrunners (3–6) 76-43 Saturday night at the Frank Erwin Center. Both...


Texas Women’s Basketball drops third top-15 matchup

Sydney Rubin December 2, 2016

Fouls plagued the Longhorns once again Thursday night. The No. 14 Longhorns fought until the very end but ultimately fell to No. 3 South Carolina, 76-67. The loss marks Texas’ third defeat against...


Longhorns hope for big crowd as they host No. 3 South Carolina

Sydney Rubin December 1, 2016

The No. 14 Longhorns have a loaded weekend on deck. Texas hosts No. 3 South Carolina on Thursday as part of the SEC/Big 12 Challenge before hitting the road to take on No. 2 Connecticut in the...


Longhorns kick off two-game home stretch against Northwestern State

Sydney Rubin November 22, 2016

The No. 14 Longhorns look to rebound at home on Wednesday as they take on Northwestern State to kick off a two-game home stretch. Texas hopes to bounce back after falling to then-No. 10 Mississippi...


Keys to the Game: vs. TCU

Sydney Rubin November 22, 2016

Secure the ball After Texas’ devastating 24-21 loss to Kansas on Saturday, the tension in Austin is stronger than ever. It’s down to the wire for the Longhorns and they have one last chance...


Longhorns fall to Mississippi State for second road loss

Sydney Rubin November 21, 2016

Two top-15 matchups in one week proved to be a heavy burden for the No. 8 Longhorns. Texas (1–2) fell to No. 10 Mississippi State (4–0) 75-65 on Sunday night in Starkville, Mississippi,...


Keys to the Game: vs. Kansas

Sydney Rubin November 18, 2016

Capitalize on turnovers Texas is one win away from becoming bowl eligible for the first time since 2014 and has a 1-9 Kansas team on deck. The Jayhawks are also looking to accomplish something...


Longhorns look to bounce back in home opener

Sydney Rubin November 16, 2016

The No. 8 Longhorns look to bounce back Wednesday following a stagnant defensive performance in their season-opening loss to No. 11 Stanford Monday night. Texas faces a quick turnaround as it hosts...


Big 12 Notebook: Baylor loses Russell, race for Big 12 title heats up

Sydney Rubin November 15, 2016

Baylor loses Russell to season-ending injury  The No. 8 Sooners took care of business Saturday as they defeated Baylor, 45-24, and handed the Bears their third-straight loss.  After starting...


Foul trouble plagues Longhorns in loss to Stanford

Sydney Rubin November 15, 2016

Bodies were flying Monday night in Palo Alto, California, as No. 8 Texas fell to No. 11 Stanford in its season opener. Both teams committed sufficient turnovers and personal fouls throughout the game,...


Longhorns open season with marquee matchup

Sydney Rubin November 14, 2016

The Longhorns opened last season with a 16-game winning streak, but there’s no easing in this time around. Two of the nation’s elite programs — both coming off Elite Eight appearances...


Keys to the game vs. West Virginia

Sydney Rubin November 11, 2016

Follow Foreman’s lead   Junior running back D’Onta Foreman is leading the nation with an average of 180.75 yards per contest and continues to rise in the ranks after stringing together...


McCarty embracing leadership role for Longhorns

Sydney Rubin November 10, 2016

When the Longhorns gather in a pregame huddle on Sunday, the day prior to facing No. 11 Stanford, junior Brooke McCarty will emphasize one word: together. Pump-up speeches are one of many responsibilities...


Longhorns cruise to win over Tarleton State in exhibition game

Sydney Rubin November 7, 2016

Gregory Gym erupted as the No. 8 Longhorns opened the second quarter with a 14-0 run. After a sluggish start, Texas turned up the heat in the second period and never looked back in Sunday’s exhibition...


Keys to the Game: vs. Texas Tech

Sydney Rubin November 4, 2016

Ride the run Junior running back D’Onta Foreman had no problem running against the Big 12’s top defense last week, accruing a cool 250 yards against the Bears. Foreman, the nation’s...

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Keys to the Game: vs. Baylor

Sydney Rubin October 28, 2016

Take advantage of opportunities Texas went to Manhattan, Kansas, last week looking for its first win in the Little Apple since 2002. Texas had a plethora of opportunities to win the game, but missed...


Keys to the Game: vs. Kansas State

Sydney Rubin October 21, 2016

Keep pounding on defense Texas’ defense was on the verge of a meltdown before head coach Charlie Strong took over the unit’s play-calling duties two weeks ago.  After struggling...


Longhorn freshmen adjust to life on and off the court

Sydney Rubin October 20, 2016

For the first time in her life, Jada Underwood has to wake herself up in the morning. When the freshman guard from Mesquite came to Austin this summer to begin her career as a Longhorn, she acquired...


Keys to the game: vs. Iowa State

Sydney Rubin October 14, 2016

Capitalize on turnovers Despite three-straight losses, the Longhorn defense showed a spark of progress in the first quarter of their 45–40 loss to the Sooners last weekend. After failing to record...

Big 12 Notebook: Oklahoma climbs, Texas Tech shows depth at quarterback

Sydney Rubin October 5, 2016

Oklahoma climbs back into AP Top 25 It wasn’t pretty, but Oklahoma went into Fort Worth and came out with a much-needed victory against then-No. 21 TCU. The Sooners’ defense gave up 21 points...


Keys to the game: vs. Oklahoma

Sydney Rubin October 5, 2016

Take advantage of big stage Head coach Charlie Strong and the Longhorns have a lot on the line as they prepare to face No. 22 Oklahoma in the annual Red River Showdown on Saturday. The Cotton Bowl boasts...


Keys to the game: vs. Oklahoma State

Sydney Rubin September 30, 2016

Defense needs to come alive On Saturday against Oklahoma State and for the rest of the season, Texas’ defense needs to deliver. Texas is among a handful of teams that has’t recorded an...


Big 12 Notebook: Baylor, West Virginia remain undefeated

Sydney Rubin September 28, 2016

Baylor remains perfect through four weeks After a thrilling victory against Oklahoma State on Saturday, No. 13 Baylor sits atop the Big 12 with a perfect 4-0 record. The Bears are one of two unbeaten...


Board of Regents approves contract extensions for Aston, Elliott

Sydney Rubin September 26, 2016

The Board of Regents approved a contract extension Friday for women’s basketball coach Karen Aston, according to Texas Athletics. Under the terms of the deal, Aston will receive $770,000 in total...


Board of Regents approves contract extension for Karen Aston

Sydney Rubin September 23, 2016

The Board of Regents approved a contract extension Friday for women’s basketball coach Karen Aston, according to Texas Athletics. Under the terms of the deal, Aston will receive $770,000 in total...


Keys to the game vs. Cal

Sydney Rubin September 16, 2016

Protect the pass Last week, Cal graduate transfer quarterback Davis Webb threw 522 aerial yards and five touchdowns in the team’s 45-40 loss to San Diego State, completing 41 passes on a staggering...


Longhorns finish day one of Minnesota Invitational on top

Sydney Rubin September 13, 2016

The 2016 women’s golf season is underway. The Longhorns launched their fall campaign Monday at the Minnesota Invitational at the Minikahda Golf Club in Minneapolis. The team finished day...


Keys to the Game

Sydney Rubin September 9, 2016

STOP THE RUN UTEP’s running back Aaron Jones is the nation’s leading rusher after Week 1.  After coming off an ankle injury that kept him out for most of the 2015 season, the junior...

Top recruit Megan Walker to take official visit to Texas this weekend

Sydney Rubin September 8, 2016

Five-star recruit Megan Walker will take her official visit to Texas this weekend, she confirmed Thursday. The guard is listed as the nation’s top recruit on ESPN’s top-100 ranking. Walker...


Column: Texas counts on family environment for recruiting, on-court success

Sydney Rubin September 8, 2016

196 miles. For many, 196 miles is simply the distance from Austin to Dallas. For the Longhorns, 196 miles marks the distance standing between them and the Final Four, which will be hosted in Dallas. With...


Keys to the game: Notre Dame

Sydney Rubin September 2, 2016

Stay in the moment Since Texas’ season concluded last December, all eyes in Austin have been on Notre Dame. When Sunday night rolls around and the Longhorns take the field surrounded by a lively...


Cross country set to kick off season at Stephen F. Austin Invitational

Sydney Rubin September 2, 2016

Cross country is ready to lace up their spikes and hit the trails.  Both the men’s and women’s teams are set to kick off their seasons this weekend in Nacogdoches, Texas, at the Stephen...


Big 12 Notebook: 2016 campaign begins with high-profile matchups

Sydney Rubin August 30, 2016

The 2016 NCAA football season kicks off this week with an action-packed slate. Three of the 10 teams in the Big 12 — Kansas State, No. 3 Oklahoma and Texas — open their season against ranked...


Women’s basketball: Key games to look out for

Sydney Rubin August 24, 2016

Coming off a 31-win season and an Elite Eight appearance, the Longhorns are optimistic about their upcoming 2016-17 campaign. But a loaded non-conference schedule stands in the way between Texas and...


We asked, you answered: Student Government Elections

Sydney Rubin March 6, 2015

After two weeks of relatively calm campaigning, this year's Student Government elections came to a close Thursday night. Or at least, they almost did. How did you feel about Thursday night's results? [View...


We asked, you answered: #UTPowerOutage2015

Sydney Rubin February 18, 2015

At roughly 8:15 this morning, the University experienced a campus-wide power outage that left many in the dark. How did the outage affect students and faculty around campus?   [View the story...

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