McGee-Stafford, Enemkpali power Women's Basketball past TCU, 61-56
Feb. 2, 2013
FT. WORTH, Texas - The Texas post duo of freshman Imani McGee-Stafford and sophomore Nneka Enemkpali anchored the Longhorns for the second straight game as UT picked up a conference win over the TCU Horned Frogs, 61-56, on Saturday at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
McGee-Stafford recorded a career-high 23 points to lead Texas, including shooting 13-of-14 from the free throw line, and added 13 rebounds for her eighth double-double of the season. She also swatted seven blocks, her most since blocking nine on Nov. 24, 2012 against Central Connecticut State. Enemkpali put up her 10th double-double of the season with 16 points and 13 rebounds.
The Horned Frogs started the game hot from the field, spouting off a 9-0 run before Fussell sank a three-pointer to get the Longhorns on the board. TCU led by as many as 11 before Texas launched a 23-7 run of its own, including a 16-2 stretch over 8:36 during which UT held the Horned Frogs without a field goal. TCU's Danielle Breaux sank a layup with 27 seconds left in the opening half to break the streak and the teams headed to the locker rooms with the Longhorns ahead 26-23.
The teams traded runs in the second half and Texas led by as many as 10 with a little more than seven minutes to play. TCU cut the lead to two on four occasions within the final three minutes, but McGee-Stafford's strong performance from the charity stripe kept the game out of reach for the Horned Frogs.
Natalie Ventress led TCU with 16 points, while Kamy Cole and Zahna Medley added 12 and 10, respectively.
The Longhorns will return to the court when they host Iowa State on Wednesday in Austin at the Frank Erwin Center. The game is set for 7 p.m. Central and will be televised nationally by Longhorn Network.
-Texas is now 32-0 all-time against TCU ... the two teams last met on Dec. 10, 2002, in Austin, when UT won by a score of 86-54.
-The Longhorns' 16 assists on 19 made shots were the most for Texas since Jan. 5 against Oklahoma in Austin.
-UT committed just 11 team fouls, tied for the fewest the team has given up in Big 12 play this season.
-Posted her eighth double-double of the season with a career-high 23 points (5-of-12 FG, 13-of-14 FT) and 13 rebounds
-Tallied seven blocks, her most in a Big 12 game this season
-Recorded her 10th double-double of the season, leading the Big 12 in the category, with 16 points (7-of-12 FT, 2-of-2 FT) and 13 rebounds.
-Has led UT in steals six times this season, the most of any UT player, including today's game in which she poked away three.
-Sank a season-high three 3-pointers, matching her season high nine points.