Nov. 29, 2008
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) -- Brittainey Raven scored 20 points to help No. 11 Texas beat Georgia Tech 76-68 on Saturday in the opening round of the FAU Thanksgiving Classic.
Erika Arriaran added 15 points for Texas (6-0), which matched its best start since 2003-04 and will play Florida Atlantic in Sunday's championship game.
Iasia Hemingway led Georgia Tech (3-2) with 14 points and nine rebounds. Jacqua Williams added 13 points for the Yellow Jackets.
Georgia Tech led for most of the first half until Carla Cortijo scored with 8:40 remaining in the first half to give the Longhorns their first lead of the game.
Texas went into halftime with an eight-point lead.
Despite the slow start, the Longhorns outshot the Yellow Jackets by 17 percent from the field and 38 percent from 3-point range.
· Texas trailed Georgia Tech 8-15 at the 12:09 mark in the first half to mark its largest deficit of the season.
· After scoring the first basket of the game, Texas took its second lead of the game - 16-15 - at the 8:50 mark in the first half with a jumper from Carla Cortijo.
· The Longhorns used a 24-9 run that spanned the final 11:54 of the first half to build a 32-24 halftime lead.
· Texas' 32 first-half points were its fewest scored points in any first half this season and second-fewest of any half this year (Texas scored 29 points in the second half against Dayton).
· The first half included four lead changes and two tied scores.
· Texas improved to 6-3 at neutral sites under second-year head coach Gail Goestenkors.
· Texas improved to 1-0 all time against Georgia Tech.
· Texas improved to 6-0 on the season for the ninth time in its 35-year history and the first time since 2003-04.
· Texas' bench was outscored by its opponent's bench (21-18) for the second time this season.
· Texas was outrebounded (43-42) for the first time this season.
· Three Longhorns scored in double-digits (Carla Cortijo -10; Erika Arriaran - 15; Brittainey Raven - 20) for the fifth time this season.
· Recorded double-figure scoring for the fifth time this season and 48th time in her career with 20 points.
· Registered a 20+ point game for the fourth time this season and ninth time in her career.
· Led Texas in rebounding for the third time this season with a team-high seven rebounds.
· Recorded double-figure scoring for the first time this season and 33rd time in her career with 10 points.
· Registered team-high three assists.
· Scored a season-high 10 points.
· Went to the free-throw line for the first time this season at the 3:55 mark in the first half and went 1-of-2.
· Recorded double-figure scoring for the fourth time this season and 31st time in her career with 15 points.