Texas downs Kansas to open Big 12 play
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Heather Schreiber snapped out of a scoring slump with 18 points, and two-time defending Big 12 champion Texas opened conference play with a 66-51 win over Kansas on Wednesday night.
Tiffany Jackson added 21 points for Texas (8-3), which had its 41-game home winning streak snapped with a loss to No. 14 Rutgers on Sunday.
Erica Hallman scored 20 to lead Kansas (7-5, 0-1).
Schreiber, a senior who had been Texas' best all-around player during her career, found her shooting touch in time to get Texas back in the win column. She also had a game-high nine rebounds.
Schreiber had been mired in a scoring slump for most of this season and had a total of just 12 points in the previous two games. She had eight by halftime against Kansas and hit a pair of key 3-pointers in the second half.
Her steal and layup with six minutes left keyed a 10-0 Texas run that helped the Longhorns stretch a three-point lead to 60-47.
The Longhorns have struggled to hold leads this season -- they blew an 18-point second-half advantage against Rutgers -- and had trouble building one against the feisty Jayhawks.
The Longhorns led 34-26 at halftime before Kansas rallied behind three straight 3-pointers from Hallman and Kaylee Brown.
Hallman was falling down in the lane when she put up a shot that rattled around the rim at the shot clock buzzer before falling in to cut Texas' lead to 47-43.
Schreiber hit a 3-pointer on the other end and got a left-handed layup to fall to hold off the Jayhawks before the Longhorns pulled away down the stretch.
Rebounding was was to be our focus, and we were strong on the boards. I don't think Heather (Schreiber) has hit any bigger 3's this year than she did tonight. She worked hard tonight, and Tiffany (Jackson) was awfully good as well. They both deserve a lot of respect for how long and hard they played tonight.
Tonight, we got pushed by a good team. I have a great deal of respect for Bonnie (Henrickson) and what she will undoubtably do as Kansas made their coaching change after last season. Tonight, we showed that we can finish a game. We had great defensive intensity, and our overall effort was very good. We executed on offense - something we've worked hard on the last few days. There wasn't much I can complain about after the effort we gave tonight. We were workman-like, and that workman-like mentality is what we need every time out. If we play that way, and our bench gives us the type of effort they did tonight, then we'll meet the expectations we've set for ourselves."
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We live in the moment in this conference. A Kansas win is no more significant right now than a Baylor win and a Kansas loss is no more devastating than a Baylor loss. All games will be hard, and some will be harder. I don't' think anyone will change places with us in the schedule right now, do you? We go to Baylor and Tech in our next two games, going against really really good teams.
Again, as I looked at the scores tonight, it's going to be wild and crazy this year. Anything can happen. Baylor and A&M were close for most of the game, Oklahoma at Tech by six or eight, and Rutgers beats LSU in overtime. It's the kind of season that we have right now where each morning we're all going to get up and read the papers anxiously."
On Kansas coming within three points (with eight minutes left) and then Texas closing out the game with a 16-4 run ...
"I've said all along, it's about maintaining focus. In the games we lost and let the lead get away, we relaxed and we thought, hey, we have the lead and everything will be fine. Tonight, what changed when our lead got cut was that our opponent picked up the intensity. We didn't drop ours like before. We both were out there with intensity. Hopefully we'll learn that lesson. We'll need to draw on past experiences.
When they came back to within three points, it wasn't that we were relaxing. Kansas made some pretty incredible shots with us in their faces. I didn't have the same feeling I had Sunday when we totally lost the momentum. I was thinking, we need to really buckle and score because they are shooting the lights out right now."
Senior forward Heather Schreiber ...
I was really frustrated to struggle, but my teammates and coaches have been telling me to just keep shooting and it will work out. They had confidence in me. Tonight, I started off inside and got some easier shots inside to start and that helped me a bit."
Kansas Head Coach Bonnie Henrickson
We knew coming in we'd have to defend the numbers offensively. When Texas has won, they are scoring in the 80's; in their losses, they have been in the 50's or 60's. I thought that if we could keep the game in the high 50's, low 60's we would have a chance. For that, I was impressed and pleased with our effort. We are not a team right now as a group which can run up and down the floor and score in the 80's."
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