Conradt nets No. 879 as Texas wins fourth straight

Updated: January 24, 2006, 2:18 AM ET
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Pat Summitt is the NCAA leader in career victories.

Conradt
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But Texas' Jody Conradt isn't far behind.

Texas, which has fallen out of the top 25 rankings, won its fourth straight game Sunday to give Conradt 879 career coaching victories, which ties her for second all-time (men's and women's basketball) with former North Carolina men's coach Dean Smith. Conradt's overall record in her 37th year on the sidelines stands at 879-284. Tennessee's Summitt surpassed Smith on March 22, 2005, to become the all-time leader in NCAA wins, and scored her 900th coaching victory Thursday.

Conradt was quick to thank Smith -- as well as her players and administration -- after Texas' 71-70 overtime win over Kansas State.

"When I took this job at Texas, there were no female role models in the game. One of my first purchases was to send $5 to Dean Smith and get a copy of his run and jump defense," Conradt said afterward. "That was the backbone for what we did defensively for a long time. I have a great deal of respect and admiration for what he's done for our game.

"So many terrific players and terrific people have been a part of this program. I am so lucky to represent a wonderful university and lucky to coach so many great individuals who are the real part of this." Texas needed a double-double from senior Daria Mieloszynska, who notched the first of her career with 10 points and 10 rebounds, and an extra period for Conradt's historic win. Posting their 30th consecutive homecourt win against a Big 12 opponents. Mieloszynska and freshman guard Erika Arriaran combined to score eight of Texas' nine points in overtime, and Mieloszynska also had five rebounds in the five-minute period.

Last week, Conradt passed the late Adolph Rupp in No. 3 all-time victories when Texas defeated No. 24 Missouri (63-54) on Jan. 14. Rupp had a 876-190 career mark. The Longhorns (10-6 overall) move into a tie for second-place in the Big 12 standings with a 4-2 mark.

"This team has fought so hard lately," Conradt said, "and I am happy for them that we've kept our position in the Big 12 with our recent wins."

Texas played the entire overtime Sunday without the services of Tiffany Jackson. The All-American juior forward led the Longhorns with team highs of 23 points, 14 rebounds and three steals -- her fourth double-double in a row -- before fouling out with seven seconds left in regulation.

In overtime, Texas led 69-68 with 1:21 to play. The Wildcats missed a jumper on their next trip down the court, with Mieloszynska grabbing the defensive rebound. Mieloszynska then missed a 3-point attempt, got her own rebound, missed a short jumper, got her own rebound a second time and was fouled. She then sank the second of two free throws to put Texas ahead, 70-68, with 28 seconds on the clock.

Kansas State had a chance to tie the score but was called for an offensive foul in the paint, turning the ball over to Texas, which shot just 36.3 percent but outrebounded the Wildcats 55-39.

"I am honored to play for a legend like [Conradt] and appreciate all the things she's contributed to women's basketball," Jackson said. "I am really excited for her. We all are. She deserves this."