Women's Basketball defeats Trinity in exhibition matchup
AUSTIN, Texas -- Led by six players in double-figure scoring, the No. 3 ranked Texas women's basketball team rolled to a 95-37 exhibition game victory Wednesday over Trinity University, a Division III opponent. The game was played at the Frank Erwin Center. UT was paced by a 14-point, seven-rebound effort from sophomore forward Tiffany Jackson (Dallas, Texas/Duncanville HS) and 13 points apiece from senior forward Heather Schreiber (Windthorst, Texas/Windthorst HS) and freshman guard Erneisha Bailey (Kansas City, MO/Pembroke Hill School).
Texas, ranked No. 3 nationally in the USA Today/ESPN Preseason Coaches Top 25 Poll released Wednesday, dominated play from the onset. The Longhorns shot 53 percent from the floor, hitting 37 of 70 shots, and out-rebounded Trinity by a 51-26 margin.
Trinity, from nearby San Antonio, competes at the NCAA Division III level. The Tigers went 24-5 a year ago and won the NCAA Division III national title in 2002-03. The Tigers were limited to 28.6 percent shooting, as they connected on just 16 of 56 field goals attempted. Trinity turned the ball over 35 times, while Texas had 19 steals and 13 blocks in the contest.
In the first half, Texas opened up a lead of 16 points, 24-8, following a steal and fastbreak layup by Jackson with 12:46 to play. At that point, Trinity was shooting four-for-nine from the floor but was hurt by nine turnovers in their first 18 possessions. The closest Trinity would get the rest of the way was 17 points, 31-14, following a layup by Jenna Smith with 8:10 remaining. The Longhorns then ripped off a 17-1 run and pushed their lead to 33 (48-15) on a Schreiber layup with 1:10 to play. In that 17-1 run, Texas made six of 13 field goals which it attempted and went five-for-eight from the foul line.
The Longhorns led at intermission, 51-17.
UT was led in the first half by a 12-point effort from Carey, while Jackson chipped in with 10 points and three steals in 13 minutes of play. The Longhorns shot 54.3 percent in the period, making 19 of 35 field goals attempted. Trinity hit 28 percent of its shots from the field (8-for-29) and committed 21 turnovers. Texas, which turned the ball over 11 times in the half, dominated play in the paint against the Tigers, whose tallest players stood 6-2. Texas out-rebounded the Tigers, 23-17, and held a 32-8 edge in points in the paint.
In the second half, the Longhorns extended their lead to 50 points midway through the half, and led 72-25 on a Kalee Carey layup with 9:57 to go. Texas' field goal percentage in the second half was 51.4 percent, as UT made 18 of 35 shots, while Trinity connected on eight of 27 field goals (29.6 percent) in the final 20 minutes.
Texas also finished the game with a 48-15 edge in points off turnovers, and a 40-2 advantage in fast-break points.
Joining Jackson, Schreiber and Bailey in double-figure scoring were three other Longhorns. Senior guard Jamie Carey (Thornton, Colo./Horizon HS) added 12 points, while senior forward Annissa Hastings (San Antonio, Texas/Sam Houston HS) had 10 points and tied for the game-high with seven rebounds. Sophomore center Kalee Carey (Canyon, Texas/Canyon HS) also finished with 10 points and added a game-best five blocks to go with five boards.
Trinity was paced by two players in double-digit scoring. Forward Jennifer Farrar led the way with 12 points, while post Tara Rohde added 10 points. Trinity guard Jenna Smith, the younger sister of former UT standout Amie Smith, had fix points and a game-high seven steals.
Texas closes out exhibition play next Wednesday, Nov. 10 with a 7 p.m. contest against TTT-Rigia in Austin. Following that exhibition, the Longhorns open up the 2004-05 season by hosting the four-team State Farm Tip-Off Classic Tournament on Sunday, Nov. 14 at the Frank Erwin Center. That annual doubleheader of nationally-ranked basketball squads traditionally kicks off the start of the NCAA women's season. All four of this year's teams are nationally ranked and all advanced to at least the 2004 NCAA Sweet 16. In the State Farm Tip-Off's first game, No. 2 ranked LSU, a 2004 Final Four semifinalist, faces No. 8 Baylor, a 2004 Sweet 16 team, at 12:30 p.m. (Central). The second game, at 3 p.m. (Central), features last year's Final 16 participant and No. 3 Texas against No. 21 Penn State (an Elite Eight team a year ago). Both games will be televised live on ESPN2.
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TEXAS POSTGAME QUOTES
The best thing tonight was our transition game. We had great improvement in that area since the Orange-White Game, and it has been a point of emphasis for us all week in practice. Offensively, we saw some good things, but I am looking for us to create more opportunities and to finish our shots in the paint."
Looking ahead to the last exhibition game before opening up the season (Nov. 14) by hosting the State Farm Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic ...
"Right now, our focus is, let's get better every day in practice. We have lots of work to do before we play again next Wednesday and then again Sunday against Penn State. The worst thing would be for us to start to think that we are there already, and we are not. The challenge ahead is significant. We open up against Penn State, and they are a very worthy opponent. They beat us soundly last year at their place, and they also come into the game as a nationally-ranked program. We are proud to be hosting the State Farm Classic, but is certainly is a difficult way to start the season. Like I said, we have a lot of work to do before we get ourselves to a spot where we are consistent on offense and defense each and every time out on the floor."
Sophomore forward Tiffany Jackson
Junior guard Coco Reed