8:00 PM ET, December 1, 2004
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Still smarting from an upset loss at UCLA, it took No. 7 Texas a while to crank things up against McNeese State.Once they did, it was business as usual for the Longhorns, who overwhelmed the Cowgirls 80-26 Wednesday night to extend their home winning streak to 39 and give coach Jody Conradt her 850th career victory.Tiffany Jackson scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Texas (3-2) and Heather Schreiber broke out of a shooting slump with 13 points.Samika Stewart had 10 points to lead McNeese State (1-5), which scored just 13 points in each half and shot just 17 percent for the game.Jackson nearly had her double-double by halftime with 11 points and eight rebounds as the Longhorns built a 41-13 lead.Despite the big final margin, it took a little while for the game to get out of hand.Texas got off to a sluggish start in its first outing since Sunday's 63-60 loss at UCLA, the second road game in which Texas squandered a big early lead."We had a little bit of a hangover" from UCLA, Conradt said. "But once we got rolling, I thought it was a good outing for us."Conradt mixed and matched her lineup for most of the game and the Longhorns looked generally out of sync early. A rash of turnovers and sloppy play kept Texas from breaking it open right away and the Longhorns led 12-4 after the first eight minutes.McNeese State could not take advantage of Texas' early misses. The Cowgirls were just 6-of-36 from the floor in the first half.Texas finally heated up when Schreiber scored seven straight points and Jackson converted two quick layups to stretch the Longhorns' lead to 29-11. The Cowgirls managed just four points over the final six minutes of the half.McNeese State coach Carol Sensley acknowledged her team was probably intimidated by the Longhorns' size and quickness and started launching more shots as the lead got out of hand.The Cowgirls were beaten 90-25 on their last trip to Austin in 2002."They're big, strong and very talented," Sensley said. "Their presence just rushed everything. We kind of acted like we just needed to score, score, score."Schreiber, who missed all of her eight shots against UCLA, missed her first two against McNeese State before finally breaking the slump with a pair of free throws, a layup and a 3-pointer."My teammates have been telling me to keep shooting and coach says keep shooting," Schreiber said. "They're telling me they're going to rebound if I miss."The Longhorns outrebounded McNeese 60-39.As the lead bulged past 30 in the second half, Conradt continued to shuffle her lineup to get her reserves some valuable court time with the starters. Nine Longhorns played at least 14 minutes.Sophomore Center Kalee Carey, who had played in just one game this season, hit for a career-high 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds in 19 minutes."The best thing was we got a chance to play people who hadn't gotten a chance to be on the floor," Conradt said. "I was impressed. We saw things from all of the players."
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