(2) Texas 97

(4-0, 3-0 away)

Navy 46

(2-2, 1-1 home)

    5:30 PM ET, November 28, 2003

    1 2 T
    #2TEX 44 5397
    NAVY 23 2346

    Texas' size, defense overwhelms Navy

    HONOLULU (AP) -- Rebounding proved to be the difference, with No. 2 Texas taking advantage of its size to wear down Navy.

    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 lead.

    "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 to score."

    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."

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