CINCINNATI (AP) -- Texas hardly needed its starters in the second
half against Hampton.
Heather Schreiber scored 17 points to help the second-seeded
Longhorns beat the Lady Pirates 90-46 Sunday in the first round of
the West Regional for their 14th straight victory.
Annissa Hastings added 16 points, and Tai Dillard had 12 -- all
in the first half -- for Texas (26-5).
Schreiber played just 19 minutes -- four in the second half -- as
Texas gave several reserves, including Hastings, extra playing time
after leading 52-20 at halftime. Texas will play Cincinnati or
Arkansas in the second round.
"That's usually our game plan, trying to get out of the gate
fast,'' Dillard said. "Knowing that they were the underdog gave us
more motivation to get out there and get some transition baskets.''
Texas will play Arkansas in the second round.
Hampton, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference champion and No. 15
seed, had won six straight games but was no match for the taller
and quicker Longhorns.
"We definitely had the size advantage, and that obviously gave
us an advantage on the boards,'' Texas coach Jody Conradt said.
"I was also proud of the way we kept our heads up and didn't
let the press bother us. We only had 10 turnovers, which is really
good, but the stat that jumps out at me is 29 assists. That tells
me we were seeing the floor and converting opportunities.''
The Lady Pirates (23-9) were behind 22-10 when Texas went on an
11-0 run, bracketed by four free throws by Hampton's Nicole
Schreiber hit a pair of free throws and a 3-pointer, and Dillard
made two free throws and a breakaway basket after a steal during
that span. Hampton, meanwhile, went more than seven minutes without
a field goal.
"We just weren't completing our shots,'' Brathwaite said.
LaShondra Dixon had 15 points for Hampton, and Bianca Johnson
Hampton coach Patricia Cage-Bibbs said her team created many of
its own problems.
"It's not so much what they (Texas) did, but what we didn't
do,'' she said. "I'm very proud of our kids. I'm not going to let
one game dictate how our season went. We had a good year, a very