Nina Norman scored 18 points and Heather Schreiber added 14
points and 10 rebounds to lead Texas to a 97-46 victory in the
opening round Friday of the Rainbow Wahine Classic.
"It took us a while to use our height advantage and really
settle down." Longhorns coach Jody Conradt said.
Texas (4-0) used its size to dominate the Midshipmen,
outrebounding them 49-30, and posting up for layups to shoot 50.6
percent on 39-of-77 shooting.
"That (rebounding) was something we weren't very strong at in
our first few games," Schreiber said. "It's been a focus point
for our defense to box out and not give up as many possessions."
Navy (2-2) shot just 29 percent for the game and also committed
28 turnovers. Courtney Davidson was the only scorer in double
figures for Navy with 15 points.
Navy stayed close with the Longhorns early in the game, trailing
14-13 after a basket by Adrienne Roseti. The Longhorns then
adjusted by tightening up on defense and moving the ball in
transition and going on a 28-8 run en route to a 44-23 halftime
"I was impressed with how they (Navy) came out really
aggressive and the pace was frantic," Conradt said. "I thought we
added to that and that's not necessarily the way we play."
Texas continued to exploit its size advantage in the second
half, building the lead to as many as 51 points. Tiffany Jackson
added 13 points for Texas while Kalee Carey and Mercedes Williams
had 11 apiece.
"We started out playing well and defensively we did a good job,
we just couldn't keep them from going to the offensive glass and
putting the ball back in the basket," Navy coach Tom Marryott
said. "Even though we were doing a good job, they were still able
Norman took advantage of Navy's defense, which collapsed on the
Texas post players inside and gave her some open looks from the
field. Though she had trouble with her jump shot early on, said she
"calmed down and realized they were giving me open shots."