AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- After logging 15,000 miles crisscrossing
the country and the Pacific Ocean on early season road trips, No. 5
Texas looked worn out.
Apparently, it was nothing a 15-minute halftime rest couldn't
Kala Bowers scored 22 points -- 17 in the second half -- and the
Longhorns shot 78 percent over the final 20 minutes Sunday in
cruising to a 91-50 victory over North Texas.
Texas (8-1) scored 58 points in the second half.
"She was the difference," Texas coach Jody Conradt said of
Bowers, who was 10-of-13 from the field. "It all started with
Texas looked dead on its feet in the first half as trips to New
York, North Carolina, Hawaii and Pennsylvania appeared to be taking
The Longhorns lost 79-59 at No. 7 Penn State a week earlier and
didn't appear to have recovered shooting 35 percent in the first
Texas took a 33-24 lead into halftime, where the 15-minute rest
and a stern talk from Conradt woke up the team.
"We were in a little snit early," Conradt said. "If Momma
ain't happy, nobody's happy."
Conradt told the team "we better pick it up or else," Bowers
said. "We didn't have any energy and our rebounding was
Bowers led the charge after playing just four minutes in the
first half because of foul trouble. She hit the first shot of the
second half and that started a 23-8 Texas run.
"I was definitely aching to get back in and hoping Coach would
forget about those two quick fouls," Bowers said.
Texas scored on 11 of its first 12 possessions in the half and
hit eight of its first 10 shots. Schreiber hit four in a row,
including two 3-pointers in the game-breaking run.
"They probably got over their Penn State loss," said North
Texas coach Tina Slinker, whose team won the rebounding 43-40 but
committed 27 turnovers and shot just 31 percent.
Jamie Armstrong scored 18 points to lead the Mean Green (3-4).
Tiffany Jackson had 14 points and six assists for Texas, which
has won 23 in a row at home.
Texas hosts UT-Pan American and No. 10 Georgia this week before
going back on the road to No. 2 Tennessee after Christmas break.