OKLAHOMA CITY -- Maybe after the season is over, Texas coach
Jody Conradt will be able to celebrate her latest milestone. For
now, there's more basketball to play.
Conradt became only the second Division I coach to record 900
career wins as the Longhorns routed Missouri 70-57 on Tuesday night
in the first round of the Big 12 Conference women's tournament.
Conradt is 900-306 in 38 seasons -- four at Sam Houston State,
three at Texas-Arlington and 31 at Texas. Among Division I coaches
-- male or female -- she trails only Pat Summitt of Tennessee, who
has 941 wins entering the NCAA Tournament.
Immediately after the game, the Longhorns -- who entered the Big
12 tournament having lost six of their previous seven games --
surrounded Conradt in celebration as the milestone was announced
over the public-address system at the Cox Convention Center. The
Texas pep band followed with a rendition of "The Eyes of Texas."
"The last thing on my mind is 900 wins," Conradt said. "I
didn't even remember it, because with this team, you have to think
about the next possession. That's all you can focus on.
"But obviously, this was a big win because it extended our
season, because we keep playing."
Freshman Earnesia Williams -- playing in her home state of
Oklahoma -- scored 17 points to lead seventh-seeded Texas (18-13)
into a quarterfinal contest Wednesday against second-seeded and
11th-ranked Oklahoma, a team with which the Longhorns split a pair
of regular-season games.
Texas entered the week with a Ranking Percentage Index of 31 and
is on the NCAA Tournament bubble despite its last-season slump.
Besides the win over Oklahoma, the Longhorns also have beaten a
pair of other top-15 teams in Purdue and Texas A&M.
"I think we feel an acute sense of urgency, especially me being
a senior because it's my last go-around," Texas center Tiffany
Despite their recent troubles, the Longhorns looked sharp from
the opening tip, shooting a season-best 60.5 percent from the field
in the first half.
The Longhorns led 14-5 less than five minutes in, extended their
lead to double digits by the 13:38 mark and held a 23-point
advantage at 38-15 seven minutes before halftime.
"When we push the basketball, shoot layups, shoot 60.5 percent,
then we've had a really good night," Conradt said.
Texas led 46-27 at the half and Missouri (17-13) -- despite a
brief rally to open the second half -- came no closer than 10 the
rest of the way. The Tigers had lost 79-77 in overtime to Texas
during the regular season and are 1-14 all-time against the
"She's an unbelievable coach," Missouri coach Cindy Stein said
of Conradt. "Obviously, I wish she didn't have too many of those
victories against us, but she's a great coach and a great asset to
With her team down by 16 with 12:32 left, Stein received a
technical foul. The Tigers pulled within 63-51 on a 3-pointer
Alyssa Hollins with 8:01 left, but never seriously threatened
Texas' grip on the game.
EeTisha Riddle led Missouri with 20 points and added eight
rebounds, but no other player for the Tigers reached double figures
in scoring. Carlynn Savant had eight points and 10 rebounds for the
Tigers, who committed 22 turnovers.
Jackson had 12 points and 14 rebounds, her 11th double-double of
the season. Brittainey Raven and Erneisha Bailey added 13 points
each for the Longhorns. Bailey also had five of Texas' 14 steals.