8:00 PM ET, December 28, 2004
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas coach Jody Conradt knows championship teams need a strong bench. Her reserves got plenty of practice on Tuesday night.Eleven Longhorns scored in an 83-33 victory over Sam Houston State, the Longhorns' 41st consecutive victory at home."We got a lot of players in the game and they got a lot of minutes," Conradt said. "You need a strong bench to play at this level. It's not about how many points but more about how well the bench plays, and tonight they played very well."Coco Reed, who has struggled with chronic knee problems following offseason surgery more than a year ago, came in to score 10 points."My knee felt really good tonight and my quickness seems to be better," said Reed, who was 5-of-6 in 14 minutes.Tiffany Jackson led Texas (7-2) with 13 points and a career-high nine steals. Jamie Carey added 12 points, five assists and four steals.The Longhorns had a season-high 25 steals while playing a tenacious full court press in the first half."We need to set a faster pace for our game and a full court press allows us to do that," Conradt said. "Heading into conference we need to have a better defensive effort every game."Adah Wells led the Bearkats (2-7) with eight points and three rebounds. Sam Houston State shot just 25 percent from the field. The Longhorns scored 35 points off Sam Houston turnovers, two more than the Bearkats' total.The Longhorns started the game with a 14-2 run, with Kala Bowers scoring seven points during the spurt.Heather Schreiber grabbed seven rebounds and scored six points with four steals for Texas, which outrebounded the Bearkats 37-26.