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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 seconds. The ball casually swung around, ultimately landing in the hands of TCU sophomore forward Adeola Akomolafe.

With just two seconds left on the shot clock, Akomolafe saw the time and quickly launched what was only her second 3-point attempt of the season.

Texas head coach Karen Aston watched as the ball sailed and hit its mark, finding the bottom of the net as the shot clock expired with 1:11 left in the quarter. It was that kind of night for Texas.

The Longhorns suffered their second loss of the season on Wednesday night in Fort Worth, falling to TCU, 79-77.

After entering the second quarter with a comfortable 22-14 lead, Texas was ambushed by a 13-1 TCU run. In just four minutes, the Longhorns found themselves down 27-23.

It got worse.

The Horned Frogs piled it on, lighting up the Longhorns for 26 points in the second quarter and entering the half with a 40-31 lead.

Texas came out with a sense of desperation to start the third quarter, stifling TCU’s offense with a half-court press.

The Longhorns also found their range as senior forward Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau drained a three to cap off an 11-2 run and tie the score at 42 with 8:01 left in the quarter. But TCU kept its cool, regaining the lead and entering the fourth quarter up 60-57.

The final quarter could only be described as madness. Both teams battled, resulting in a 71-71 standstill with 1:17 left to go.

After getting fouled while diving for a loose ball, sophomore guard Alecia Sutton went to the free throw line. Sutton had only shot 40 percent from the line on the season, but she calmly sank both free throws to give Texas a 73-71 lead. TCU senior guard Toree Thompson answered on the following play, creating separation from senior guard Brooke McCarty and draining a step-back three with 53 seconds left.

With the pressure now on Texas, senior guard Ariel Atkins elevated from mid-range, nailing the jumper to put the Longhorns back on top, 75-74, with 39 seconds left.

Once again TCU responded with a three, and once again Atkins came through with a mid-range bucket, this time to tie the score at 77 with 16.5 seconds.

After a pair of free throws by the Horned Frogs, Texas found itself down two with six seconds left. A broken play led to a desperation three at the buzzer by junior guard Lashann Higgs that failed to even hit the rim. It was over.

Atkins finished with a game-high 25 points to go along with six rebounds. Higgs totaled 18 points on the night.

The loss marks the first conference loss of the season for Texas (13-2, 4-1 Big 12). The Longhorns look to gain momentum when they host Kansas at 1 p.m. on Saturday before No. 1 Connecticut travels to Austin for a heavily anticipated matchup Monday night.

After struggling for the past month, sophomore center fielder Zane Gurwitz has rebounded with five runs scored and five RBIs in the past four games.
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Texas hit rock bottom Saturday night when Kansas outfielder Connor McKay hit a walk-off home run.

After losing their 19th game of the season, the full weight of all the losses finally set in.

“As baseball players and competitors, when you get the win on Friday night, we’re feeling good — but, to hit that walk-off home run, it changed all of us,” sophomore center fielder Zane Gurwitz said. “You can only take so much to where you have to fight back and get back to just being out there and being aggressive.”

Maybe the Longhorns just got tired of losing. Maybe it was watching a walk-off home run by Kansas sail over the left field wall. One way or another, Texas has snapped out of its funk. In its past two games, the team has scored 23 runs off 31 hits.

“It was just a last straw sort of thing,” junior left fielder Ben Johnson said. “We were fed up with all the losses we’ve taken. To lose on a walk-off home run like that was pretty tough. We came out Sunday being really aggressive, and it carried over to Tuesday, and, hopefully, it’ll carry over this weekend.”

The Longhorn offense is surging at the perfect moment as they prepare to face their toughest challenge this weekend. Texas (22–19, 8–7 Big 12) will travel to Fort Worth to take on No. 7 TCU (31–8, 7–5).

The Horned Frogs have one of the best pitching staffs in the nation. TCU leads the nation at a 2.15 ERA, has only allowed 6.97 hits per nine innings and averages nine strikeouts per nine innings.

Although TCU presents a difficult challenge, the Longhorns will look to continue attack the ball and fight to score runs.

“We’re not necessarily looking at it as they’re going to have better pitching … [we’ll] just play against the baseball,” Ben said. “Just play the game and just find a way to manufacture runs. That’s what we’re going to keep on doing.”

While the Horned Frogs have a solid pitching staff, Texas’ starting pitchers have been bitten by the injury bug. Sophomore pitcher Kacy Clemens has been ruled out for this weekend’s series because of shoulder soreness. Junior pitcher Chad Hollingsworth might return to the mound Sunday afternoon.

Despite the Longhorns’ pitching issues, associate head coach Skip Johnson said the pitching staff will grind its way through the weekend.

“No game is bigger than any other game,” Skip said. “Every game is important. … TCU’s got a good club. We’ve dealt with a lot of adversity all year long, and we’ll probably have to deal with some this weekend.”

After all the losses Texas has suffered this season, a series win against the Horned Frogs this weekend is important. The Longhorns are fifth in the Big 12 standings but are within two games of leading the conference. With so much on the line, the team is fully aware of what lies ahead of them in Fort Worth.

“It’s going to be a huge challenge,” Ben said. “Going to a place like Fort Worth, it’s kind of an environment like [Texas] — a pretty big stadium and a very passionate fan base. But if we want to get back to Omaha, then we’re going to have to find ways to win series like this.”

State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth answers questions following her speech in the SAC Ballroom on Monday morning. She encouraged the audience to participate in early voting, which continues until Friday.

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With one week of early voting left before Election Day, State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, took the microphone in front of a packed SAC Ballroom and encouraged students to vote during her on-campus stop in her gubernatorial campaign.

“For the first time in 14 years, we are going to elect a new governor,” Davis said. “The question is who will that governor be, and the answer is in all of your hands. It’s truly up to you at this point.”

Before Davis spoke to her audience, her 25-year-old daughter, Dru Davis, thanked the crowd of students and locals for their support.

“I’m so excited by the voter turnout and the enthusiasm that you guys have,” Dru said. “I’m also looking forward to Election Day. I’m just excited for all the change that my mom’s going to bring as governor and that Leticia [Van de Putte] is going to bring as lieutenant governor.”

With last week’s UT/Texas Tribune poll showing Davis trailing her gubernatorial opponent, Attorney General Greg Abbott, by 12 points, Davis said she was unconcerned about her low polling numbers. Davis said her victory would come from her supporters and volunteers.

“We have over 32,000 people volunteering on our campaign right now,” Davis said “These Internet polls really have shown to be wildly inaccurate. In my last two senate races, I was never up in the polls either, but I won. I won because the people were behind me.” 

Chris Riley and Kathie Tovo, Austin City Council members and candidates for the Council’s District 9 seat, attended Davis’ rally, sporting their own campaign pins on their lapels. Riley walked around speaking to audience members and shaking hands.

“I’ve been talking with a lot of people this morning,” Riley said. “There’s a lot of energy around this whole election and a lot of commonality between the themes that Wendy and I have been talking about in this race.”

After the event, Tovo said she attended the rally to show her support for Davis.

“I’m very supportive of her campaign, especially … her policy regarding education and women’s health are critical,” Tovo said. “I have a lot of hope for the work she will do when she’s elected our governor.”

Shelley Merchant, a parent of a prospective UT student, stood toward the back of the compact crowd. She said she heard about Davis’ event on campus while touring UT. 

“I’m a big Wendy supporter,” Merchant said. “I’m a school administrator in White Settlement, Texas — a suburb of Fort Worth. I think she’s looking out for the teachers and the rest of us, and it’s a time for a change in Texas.”

Davis emphasized her support for education reform.

“When I marked my ballot on Monday, and I stood in that ballot box marking my name, I could not help but reflect on myself as a little girl,” Davis said. “If I could have told her she would be standing in that moment in time, it’s that opportunity and that path that I want to make possible for every single child in that state. And the only way to make that possible is to support access to college and affordability of college.”

Nutrition senior Jessica Boisseau went straight from Davis’ rally to vote. Boisseau said Davis’ stance on education inspired her. 

“I think she is the only candidate willing and able to provide change,” Boisseau said. “I’m working three jobs. One of them is part-time military to pay for school, so her campaign is very exciting.”

According to an Abbott campaign official, Abbott, who is currently on a 25-city “Get Out The Vote” tour, has not planned a UT appearance before Election Day on Nov. 4. Early voting continues until Friday.

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley takes a selfie with the University Democrats in front of the Littlefield Fountain on Thursday afternoon. O’Malley was in Austin to support State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth for Texas governor.

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Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley spoke to University Democrats on Thursday afternoon in front of Littlefield Fountain before the group block walked through West Campus in support of State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth. 

Speaking to the group, O’Malley talked about the importance of student participation in the election and why Davis is his favored pick in the Texas gubernatorial race.

O’Malley, who has previously served as Baltimore mayor and is considering running for president in 2016, said he appreciated the group’s efforts to bring students together through the block walk, where club members walked through the neighborhood to talk with residents about voting. 

“In my first race, I ran for state senate at the age of 27,” O’Malley said. “I lost by 22 votes. As you’re knocking on doors and flushing people to do early vote, know that sometimes these things are as close at 22 votes. Every person makes a difference.”

According to O’Malley, students should favor Davis because of her views on college tuition and future economic development.

“In this choice for governor, you have a woman who believes that making college more affordable for the greatest number of people is good for our economy, and then you have the other fellow that wants to treat it like a toll road,” O’Malley said. “I think that one issue demonstrates a difference in philosophy. Wendy believes we’re in this all together, [and that] we need each other, and that the better educated our people, the more successful our economy.”  

Katie Adams, University Democrats communication director and mechanical engineering senior, said online polls don’t reflect the election’s outcome. 

“I really do think that on Election Day, Texans are going to turn out to the polls in numbers that we haven’t seen before, and when a Democrat does get elected governor in the state, it’s going to be because of non-likely voters [and] voters who didn’t vote in 2010,” Adams said. “Polls don’t necessarily reflect what we’ve been seeing on the ground.”

Max Patterson, University Democrats president and history senior, said early voting — which continues through Oct. 31 — is the most convenient way to vote.

“Early voting is one of the easiest things you can do,” Patterson said. “There’s no lines and you can go in the [Flawn Academic Center]. Voting is the easiest way in participating in our democracy — it’s raising your hand and saying that you have a voice, and that’s because your vote is your voice, and if you silence yourself then no one should care to listen to you. It’s all about getting out to vote.”

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Less than 24 hours after her gubernatorial debate with Attorney General Greg Abbott, state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, spoke with Evan Smith, The Texas Tribune CEO and editor-in-chief, at The Texas Tribune Festival on Saturday.

“I had an opportunity to show in stark contrast these two people who are asking to serve Texas as its next governor,” Davis said. “I think I was able to demonstrate that I will be a governor who will fight every single day for the people of this state.”

In the talk, held at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, Davis expanded on her plan to provide pre-kindergarten to all eligible children in the state.

“We are the number one state of adults without a high school diploma,” Davis said. “By 2040, 40 percent of our adults will not have a high school diploma.”

Davis estimated that her plan would cost around $700 million on a sliding scale.

“The more important question is what does it cost if we don’t invest?” Davis said. “If we don’t invest in them, it will hurt our state economy in the future. This race is about the future of Texas and if we’re going to make the investments needed to create a successful future.”

Public relations freshman Cody Church said he saw an improvement in Davis’ performance Saturday and appreciated how relaxed she sounded in contrast to Friday’s debate. He also said he liked her view on pre-kindergarten.

“I really enjoy how much she’s advocating for universal pre-k,” Church said. “It’s a great investment in kids in the future. There are so many studies that say pre-k sets kids so much farther when they enter elementary school.”

Davis also talked about the importance of higher education and getting students into college. One thing hindering students from college, she said, was the hike in in-state tuition.

“Our tuitions have doubled or more than doubled in some of our universities, and, at the same time, we’ve seen a decline in financial aid,” Davis said. “Even for the students who are receiving those grants, they aren't receiving enough to close the gap. The legislature made the decision to thin down the amount students could get. If we want to make sure we have the work force for the jobs of tomorrow, we have to invest in our kids.”

Davis said she supported giving in-state tuition to undocumented students, and would veto a bill that threatened to take away that in-state tuition.

“Students should get in-state tuition who have [been] brought here on no fault of their own,” Davis said. “We should be focusing our resources on the real problems of drug trafficking, human trafficking, and not thinking about people who are willing to work hard, willing to learn English. That was George W. Bush’s plan, and I agree with it.”

Davis also addressed the controversy of the timing of her memoir’s publication. Abbott’s campaign filed a request to the Texas Ethics Commission to come to a decision about her book tour and if it conflicted with her political campaign ethically.

“It was a very personal book, not a political book,” Davis said. “When I agreed to write it, I agreed to write a very public book. I released the book when I completed the book. I am proud to show people how I came to be how I am, and why I am fighting for the things I am fighting for.”

Davis also answered Abbott’s question from Friday’s debate about voting for Obama.

“I don’t regret it,” Davis said. “There are things our president has done I agree wholeheartedly with. There are things I disagree with too. In my area of the state, both President Obama and Greg Abbott tried to intervene and stop the merger between U.S. Airways and American Airlines. Do you understand what that would have done for the economy of the state? Neither of them showed an understanding of the economic engine that is American Airlines.”

Abbott declined to speak at this year's Tribune Festival.

“It’s disappointing because I really am an independent voter,” Church said. “I would love to see both sides. That keeps both people on their toes.”

Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis shakes hands with Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott after participating in the Rio Grande Valley Gubernatorial Debate in Edinburg, Texas on Friday. 

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Attorney General Greg Abbott swiveled in his seat, put his elbows down on the table and asked State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, with a half-smile, “Do you regret voting for Barack Obama?” 

Davis ignored Abbott’s question at Friday’s gubernatorial debate in Edinburg — the first gubernatorial debate ever held in the Rio Grande Valley — and instead focused on her goals as governor instead of her voting past. 

“I’m running for governor,” Davis said. “I’m working to make sure every hardworking Texan can go as far as they dream. Texas is at a turning point. That’s what’s important at this election. I believe we need a governor who will fight for all hardworking Texans because their futures depend on this.” 

Davis and Abbott debated border issues, funding and abortion. Davis repeatedly referenced Abbott’s “third world” comment from February about South Texas and said she supported the surge of border patrol officers to the Rio Grande Valley region.

“I would start by listening to the local law enforcements and officials who know best,” Davis said. “If the federal government does not secure the border, Texas must. We must be sensitive to the reputation of this community. Comments from [politicians] calling this ‘third world’ are inappropriate.”

The two candidates also debated over health care options. Davis said she supports abortion, while Abbott said he believes life is sacred.

“Texas is ensuring we protect more life and ensuring we protect the health of women,” Abbott said. “Women still have 5 months to make a very difficult decision. But, after that, Texas has an interest in protecting innocent life.”

In the debate, Davis said that she supports the death penalty. Alexander Parker, a Plan II, business honors and finance sophomore and College Republicans communication director, said he liked Davis’ more conservative answers. 

“I did appreciate how Republican Davis sounded,” Parker said. “On many issues, such as Perry’s actions on the border and the death penalty, she provided no contrast to the Republican stance. I think Davis has realized that the average Texan disapproves of her party’s stance on a wide range of issues.”

The two clashed when Davis asked Abbott what he would say about the underfunding of Texas public schools and when he would settle a lawsuit filed by districts around Texas.

“There is something between me and settling this lawsuit, and it is a law you voted on in 2011,” Abbott said. “I want to focus creating on as governor a better education system for this state. My goal as governor is to [elevate] the Texas education system.”

Max Patterson, history senior and University Democrats president, said he thought Davis should have pushed Abbott harder on this issue. 

“Though Gen. Abbott tried to persuade people in the debate that he cared about our underfunded schools, Sen. Davis is the only candidate in the race that has proven her support for our schools and will be a tireless advocate for public education once elected,” Patterson said in an email.

Davis closed by saying she has shown Texas her true self.

“I’ve shown it by fighting for every 4 year old to have access to pre-K and for every high school student to have affordable access to college,” Davis said. “I will fight for equal pay for equal work, and I will close loopholes for giant corporations. I am you. I have never forgotten who I am or where I come from, and I will fight for you every single day.”

Abbott said he would continue to fight for Texans’ freedom.

“As your attorney general, I’ve been fighting for your liberty against an overreaching federal government,” Abbott said. “I want to fight for the future of Texas as your next governor. I will work to fulfill that aspiration. I will keep Texas the land of opportunity, the place where more freedom and less government still matters.”

State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, begins her filibuster of Senate Bill 5, the original bill that led to House Bill 2, on June 25, 2013.

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Editor’s Note: In state Sen. Wendy Davis’ (D-Fort Worth) memoir, released Tuesday, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate discusses her personal experiences with abortion in the ‘90s. Below, a Daily Texan columnist debates the merits of that decision and analyzes its implications. This is the third part of a weekly Point/Counterpoint series. To see the opposing viewpoint, click here.   

It’s been a little more than a year since the sneaker-clad state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, sent shockwaves throughout the nation with her 13-hour filibuster to safeguard women’s abortion rights. Now, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Davis has made headlines once again with her memoir “Forgetting to Be Afraid,” in which she divulges little-known information that has perhaps been the driving force behind her views regarding reproductive freedom: The senator has terminated two pregnancies of her own.

Though abortion is never a completely binary decision, it’s important to note that both pregnancies were relatively atypical and heralded high-risk factors for both Davis and child. One abortion was an emergency end to an ectopic pregnancy — a procedure that is less choice than life-saving medical necessity for the mother. The second terminated pregnancy was a daughter, for whom Davis and her then-husband had already picked out a name: Tate Elise. When doctors discovered the baby would be born with severe brain abnormalities and would likely never progress beyond a vegetative state, Davis was forced to make a paralyzing and heartbreaking choice.

“The baby began to tremble violently, as if someone were applying an electric shock to her in the womb,” writes Davis, describing the suffering her child was experiencing even before birth. “We knew the best thing we could do for our baby was to say goodbye.”

In the wake of such a personal revelation, it is easy to get swept away in swollen-heart declarations of support and admiration for Davis, who dared to pioneer a cause and then step bravely out from behind the curtain to reveal her own personal stake in the matter. It can be tempting to dive headfirst into sentimental anecdotes and throw strategy to the wayside in unwavering support of a cause or a story.

But that would be giving Davis far too little credit.

Let me be clear: This is not about a senator’s choice to have — or not have — an abortion. This is about a timely release of information in order to aid a campaign.

Does Davis have a right to disclose the information? Absolutely. But did she do it free from underlying party agenda? Unlikely. The memoir’s release — and its trove of secrets trumpeted within — fall within months of November’s gubernatorial election, sure to keep Davis’ reputation as a pioneer for women’s rights fresh in the hearts and minds of Texans everywhere. It was a calculated risk; those vehemently opposed to abortion could look pejoratively upon Davis’ second pregnancy termination, but many voters have expressed only empathy to Davis for her incalculable loss.

The power of a story carries extreme political currency. It adds roots where only facts existed before; it sets the speaker on a level that seems somewhat above reproach. Like any good candidate, Davis is using her past to throw out a cleverly disguised gauntlet that she knows will resonate with voters.

At the heart of all her pink-shoed, rags-to-riches glory, Davis is a politician. She is ambitious and shrewd — she wouldn’t have earned a spot in this race if she were anything else.

More than ever, she knows it is time to pull out the big guns. The latest polls are somewhat grim, placing the senator a whopping 12 points behind Republican candidate Greg Abbott. Though Davis continues to press on with the strength and dexterity necessary for any Democrat to persevere in the Texas Legislature, it cannot go without saying that the bulk of her fame stems from her work for reproductive freedom. A year ago, an overwhelming number of Texans “stood with Davis.” Now, struggling to rally voters around her initiatives on education and equal pay, Davis is retreating to familiar territory.

More than anything, Davis knows the power of getting personal. Her “narrative” as a senator is a rare breed of feminine heroism, one which strikes with both empathy and ambition, and it is through the ingeniously crafted public relations machine around her that Wendy has appealed to poverty-level voters and pundits alike. She is quick to reference her own humble beginnings and speaks frequently of the adversity she faced as a self-supporting student at Harvard Law School. Davis knows this is the forum in which she shines. If anything can help this underdog candidate stand a fighting chance in the race, this last-ditch ploy for empathy will be it.

The stakes are high in Texas, and with Davis lagging behind in recent polls, the gubernatorial candidate is doing for her narrative what politicians do best: picking up the pen and writing it herself.

Deppisch is a government senior from League City.

State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, begins her filibuster of Senate Bill 5, the original bill that led to House Bill 2, on June 25, 2013.

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Correction: An earlier version of this column cited a quote from a National Review article that has since been corrected. It was, in fact, Cheryl Sullenger, of anti-abortion group Operation Rescue, who called Davis' abortions "alleged."

Editor’s Note: In state Sen. Wendy Davis’ (D-Fort Worth) memoir, released Tuesday, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate discusses her personal experiences with abortion in the ‘90s. Below, a guest columnist debates the merits of that decision and analyzes its implications. This is the third part of a weekly Point/Counterpoint series. To see the opposing viewpoint, click here.   

State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, the Democratic candidate for governor, rose to international fame last year with her filibuster of an omnibus anti-abortion bill that would have closed down nearly all Texas abortion clinics. For nearly 13 hours, she shared stories from Texas women whom Republican lawmakers had tried to silence while the bill was in committee. But until recently, we had no idea how deeply personal the filibuster was for her. Last weekend, Davis chose to reveal in her new memoir, “Forgetting to be Afraid,” that she, like many women all over the state, has faced the intimate decision to end a pregnancy.

The specifics of Davis’ circumstances show how vital it is that women keep their right to make personal medical decisions without heavy-handed government intervention. In the book, Davis reveals that she lost two children in the ‘90s, one to an abortion induced to end an ectopic pregnancy she has discussed before, the other to an abortion carried out to save the fetus from a life of immense challenges. Ectopic pregnancies, though rare, are critically threatening to the health and life of the mother. Davis’ tragic discovery of severe fetal abnormalities that would have left her daughter in a permanent vegetative state — if she had even survived to term — dealt her yet another devastating decision. 

“While no woman should have to justify her decision, abortion in later pregnancy is rare, and is often due to the same sort of tragic and heartbreaking circumstance that Wendy experienced,” Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards said.

Davis desperately wanted her children, but both pregnancies were troubled from the start.  She faced a gut-wrenching decision and chose the path that was right for her and her family: a path of compassion and one that kept her alive. Fortunately for Davis, she was able to do so with minimal governmental interference. Anti-choice politicians, and the laws they peddle, pile unnecessary barriers, guilt and shame onto women already in emotional circumstances.

Story-sharing can be empowering for people who choose to talk about their experiences. For those of us who listen, it fosters compassion and understanding — two things often in short supply when discussing abortion.

In the United States, one in three women will have an abortion in her lifetime. Statistically speaking, it’s likely we all know someone who has made this decision. But the stigma that surrounds choosing to have an abortion keeps many women silent. It takes women like Davis coming forth to speak about their experiences to pave the way for others to follow suit.

Over the course of her campaign, Davis has shared many personal stories with us. She likes to remind us that she doesn’t share a story because it’s “unique” or “special,” but that she shares it “precisely because it’s not.” Her experience as a young mother resonates with Texas’ tens of thousands of teen moms. Her struggle to keep the lights on in her trailer hits home with any Texan who’s ever faced the difficulty of mounting bills and low-paying jobs. And now her deeply moving story of facing a decision to end two pregnancies reminds the one in three American women who have also ended a pregnancy that she is, in fact, one of us.

But already, right-wing pundits are attempting to take away Davis’ control over her own story. This isn’t anything new. Out-of-touch politicians are fond of labeling the women who seek abortions as careless and selfish while refusing to listen to their stories. The National Review, in an attempt to discredit Davis, called her tragic, personal story “unverifiable” and “convenient.” Cheryl Sullenger, of anti-abortion group Operation Rescue, seemed to question Davis’ abortions — going so far as to call them “alleged.” Republicans are choosing to question Davis and her family in sad attempts to use her story to score political points, rather than taking the opportunity to simply say, “I’m sorry for your loss.”

It’s easy to feel removed from government, especially in a state where the leading politicians are not nearly as diverse as the populace they represent. In sharing her story, Davis offers herself up as a role model for Texans who feel disconnected from lawmakers who cannot empathize with their struggles. We can relate to her, seeing her as someone who has faced enormous obstacles and overcome them with the help of her family, her community and her education. This sort of personal connection with the people of Texas is exactly what Greg Abbott should be afraid of.

When Davis took the Senate floor last summer, we saw a hero: a woman who would speak truth to power and give voice to the millions of people silenced by shame, stigma or even their own government. Her decision to share her own particular story more than a year later shows how personal those 13 hours on the Senate floor must have been for her. Her courage and bravery in revealing painful memories from her past are everything that Texas could want in a leader; her compassion and empathy are what Texas needs.

Since last summer, we’ve been wearing orange shirts proclaiming that we “stand with Wendy Davis”; this week she revealed that she’s been standing with us all along.

Adams is the communications director of University Democrats. She is a mechanical engineering senior from Dripping Springs.

Texas Sen.Wendy Davis speaks to supporters at a rally celebrating the one year anniversary of her filibuster of SB 5. 

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One year after state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, delayed a vote on an anti-abortion bill with an 11-hour filibuster, a large crowd filled the Palmer Events Center on Wednesday as Democratic gubernatorial candidate Davis and state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio and Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, talked about their top priority to include the voices of all Texans in the legislature.

“We will do these things because it’s both right and necessary,” Davis said. “We’ve got more work to do, more steps to take, a few more mountains to climb as we face the challenge of building the 21st century economy of this beautiful state, and as we do face those challenges.”

Davis’ filibuster did not ultimately stop the Texas Legislature from banning abortions 20 weeks after conception and regulating other aspects of abortion, but it did  delay the bill's passage. During the last minutes of the session, Van de Putte raised a parliamentary inquiry that many say set off 10 minutes of cheering, screaming and clapping from the gallery, delaying the vote. Van de Putte asked, "At what point must a female senator raise her hand or her voice to be recognized over her male colleagues?”

At the event, Van de Putte said even after the demonstration last year, the legislature does not understand the wants of Texas women.

“We sent a clear message to our state and to our nation … that women would just no longer tolerate not being valued, not being listened to. That we would no longer tolerate their lack of trust to make personal decisions in our own lives,” Van de Putte said.

Both Davis and Van de Putte are trailing behind their Republican opponents, according to the most recent UT/Texas Tribune poll numbers. Attorney General Greg Abbott is 12 points ahead of Davis in the gubernatorial race, and state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, is 15 points ahead of Van de Putte.

History senior Max Patterson, president of University Democrats and who has worked Students for Wendy, an on-campus student organization, said he thinks the state needs new leadership.

“Whenever we register somebody to vote, we gauge their support of Wendy Davis, talk to them a little bit about the path that Texas is going on with the current Republican leadership and the one that we would like to see [Texas] going on with more progressive leadership in the state capitol," Patterson said.

Patterson said he is excited about bringing the campaign to campus.

“It’s going to be a really fun campaign, but it’s also going to be a really important one for our community, for the whole state, because it’s really a very distinct choice that’s going to be made for the direction of our state,” Patterson said.

Correction: Due to an editing error, this story incorrectly reported Davis' filibuster was 13 hours long. It was in fact 11 hours long.

Postseason for men’s golf begins at Big 12 Championships

The regular season is over for the Longhorns, and, from this point on, all roads lead to Kansas, the site of the 2014 NCAA Men’s Golf Championships. First on the agenda for Texas, though, is this weekend’s Big 12 Championship at Whispering Pines Golf Club in Trinity.

Texas heads into the weekend as the reigning Big 12 champion after it beat Oklahoma State by a 4-stroke margin in 2013. Freshmen Beau Hossler and Gavin Hall take on their first collegiate championship in Trinity this weekend, but, if the regular season is any evidence, the two youngest golfers are ready for the challenge. 

Hossler, especially, demonstrates this preparation, coming off his first top-five finish ever two weeks ago in Santa Cruz, Calif., where he lead the Longhorns to their eighth-place finish. Senior Toni Hakula and junior Kramer Hickok return to the championship looking to stretch their Big 12 streak to two years, but the team’s veterans aren’t letting the postseason pressure dictate anything for them. 

“I don’t feel like there’s any kind of extra pressure on my shoulders,” Hakula said. “Obviously, I want to do great and I want to finish strong in my college career, but I know that putting too much pressure on myself is just [going to] hurt myself and the team.”

Gaining the No. 3 seed, the Longhorns’ fifth conference title is not going to be a simple stroll to the 18th hole, with tough such competition as No. 1 Oklahoma and No. 2 Oklahoma State gunning for the same prize. 

“We know it’s [going to] be a tough test,” Hakula said. 

Texas isn’t looking back anymore, though. That time has passed, and winning is the only objective left; an objective that, according to Hakula, is within their grasp. 

“That’s our only target — to go out there and win this week,” Hakula said. “And I feel like we can do it for sure.”

—James Grandberry

Men’s tennis earns No. 2 seed for Big 12 Championship

The regular season of the Big 12 Conference has come to an end, but the Longhorns are not finished competing. Saturday will mark the beginning of the Big 12 Men’s Tennis Championship in Fort Worth.

Just last week Texas defeated Texas Tech 5-1, sealing the Big 12 regular season title, along with Baylor and Oklahoma.

Texas has only lost two of its last 13 matches, bringing the team to an No. 7 ITA ranking. The team has been in the national top-10 in nine of the last 10 ITA polls. 

In addition to their ranking, the Longhorns have earned the No. 2 seed in the Big 12 Championship.

“All the guys are excited about the opportunity this weekend and we are looking to carry the momentum from the regular season into the conference tournament and come away with another Big 12 title,” junior Jacoby Lewis said.

—Brianna Holt

Women's golf takes momentum going into Big 12 Championship

Texas will host the 18th annual Big 12 Championship this weekend at the University of Texas Golf Club with first tee set for Friday morning.

Currently at the peak of their season, the Longhorns are poised to make a strong showing this weekend, coming off of two consecutive top-10 finishes against ranked opponents at the SDSU Farms Invitational and the PING/ASU Invitational.

The team, made up of consistent season starters junior Bertine Strauss, sophomore Natalie Karcher, freshman Julia Beck, sophomore Tezira Abe and freshman Laura Weinstein, will face a tough lineup of strong Big 12 teams. Texas is the sixth seed, with Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Iowa State rounding out the top three.

Following the top three, who will kick off the action Friday at 8 a.m., Texas tees off at 8:50 alongside No. 4 Baylor and No. 5 Kansas. No. 7 TCU, No. 8 Texas Tech and No. 9 Kansas will follow at 9:40 a.m.

—Caroline Hall

Longhorn women’s tennis enter Big 12 tournament with momentum

After a back-and-forth regular season, the Longhorns head into the Big 12 Tournament this weekend as the No. 3 seed when they meet sixth-seeded TCU.

Texas (11-11, 6-3 Big 12) may be heading into the tournament with two consecutive conference losses, but the team has a couple of reasons to be confident that it will be a factor in the tournament.

First, they have won the last two Big 12 Championships as either the third or fourth seed. Also, their losses to Oklahoma State and Baylor could have gone either way with both matches ending in a 4-3 decision. A rematch against either or both teams in the tournament might also be close.

The Horned Frogs, who defeated Texas 5-2 in the conference opener, stand in the way of the Longhorns advancing past the quarterfinals. This match between Texas and TCU was also close, as the Longhorns had an opportunity to win the doubles point.

Texas and TCU will begin play Friday in Fort Worth at 3 p.m.

—Chris Caraveo