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No. 23 Horns apply heavy pressure in routing Ragin' Cajuns

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Carla Cortijo led Texas' up-tempo offense, scoring 14 points and adding seven assists in the Longhorns' 76-43 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette on Sunday.

Texas (No. 23 ESPN/USA Today, No. 20 AP) struggled to find its shooting rhythm in the first half, but opened the second half with a 21-12 run to build an insurmountable 59-35 lead.

Brittainey Raven, who scored in double-figures for the 10th game in a row, had 12 points, six assists and five rebounds as four other Longhorns finished with eight or more points. Cortijo had nine of her points during a 14-3 run in the last 5:34 of the first half.

It was Texas' stingy, full-court defense that gave the Longhorns (8-2) the edge in this contest, forcing the Ragin' Cajuns into pressure situations all game.

The Longhorns used a full-court press for most of the first half to force a season-high 29 turnovers, and scored 43 points off those turnovers. Raven had a career-high eight steals and Texas finished with 19 total steals.

Onna Charles led Louisiana-Lafayette (3-5) with 12 points and six rebounds, and the Ragin' Cajuns became the first team this season to outrebound the Longhorns, finishing with a 46-42 edge.