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By Wendell Barnhouse | wendell@big12sports.com
Big12Sports.com Correspondent


Story line
If Year One for Karen Aston as Texas' coach was a transition season, then the UT coach hopes that Year Two will be a season where the Longhorns return to being a force in the Big 12 Conference race. Aston is emphasizing the program's tradition and approaching their roles in the "Texas Way." The Longhorns return five starters led by junior Nneka Enemkpali and sophomore center Imani McGee-Stafford, a front court duo that should provide solid rebounding and scoring. Aston also hopes that a promising group of newcomers will add depth that was missing last season.

Coach: Karen Aston, 12-18 in one season at Texas; 113-81 in six seasons overall..
Last season: 12-18 overall, 5-13 in Big 12, tied 8th.
NCAA Tournament: Did not participate..

Top players
Senior guard Chassidy Fussell, junior forward Nneka Enemkpali, sophomore center Imani McGee-Stafford, sophomore guard Empress Davenport, sophomore guard Celina Rodrigo, senior forward Gigi Mazionyte, junior guard Krystie Henderson, freshman forward Nekia Jones, freshman center Kelsey Lang.

Coach Aston says
"Own it - that has sort of become our mantra, is how do we own the responsibility of being at Texas. How do we own the tradition, how do we own the past, and how do we own the future. So that's really what we've been working on; it's a work in progress. I will tell you that. We're not where we need to be. But I like what they are doing approach-wise every day."

Notable
Texas is the seventh-winningest program in NCAA women's basketball history with a 935-344 record and a winning percentage of .731. … This is the 40th season of women's basketball at UT. … Senior guard Chassidy Fussell has led the Longhorns in scoring in each of here three seasons. She enters this season with 1,405 career points. … Krystie Henderson is a transfer from Trinity Valley Community College, where she led the Cardinals to the 2013 NJCAA Division I title…. UT women's associate head coach Travis Mays was a four-year starter for the men's program from 1986-90 and is the second-leading scorer in school history.

Season opener
Nov. 10 vs. UT-San Antonio

Top nonconference games
Nov. 23 vs. Stanford
Nov. 29 vs. Texas A&M
Dec. 8 at Tennessee

Conference opener
Jan. 2 at Oklahoma State
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