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Texas' defense stifles Northwestern State in big win

AUSTIN, Texas -- Ashleigh Fontenette scored 23 points to lead Texas (No. 17 ESPN/USA Today, No. 19 AP) to a 112-53 victory over Northwestern State on Tuesday night.

Chassidy Fussell and Kathleen Nash each had 21 points and reserve Chelsea Bass added 18 for Texas (2-0) in the lopsided effort.

The Longhorns jumped out to an insurmountable 16-2 lead. Northwestern State (2-1) struggled to score against Texas' defense that had 18 steals, 12 blocks and forced 29 turnovers. Texas continued its sharp-shooting, making 36-of-67 shots from the floor, including 11-of-22 from 3-point range.

Kottia White had 12 points for Northwestern State and Trudy Armstead added nine.