AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Tiffany Jackson scored 13 points to lead No. 4 Texas to its 41st consecutive victory at home, 83-33 over Sam Houston State on Tuesday night.
Jamie Carey added 12 points, five assists and four steals for Texas (7-2). Eleven Longhorns scored as coach Jody Conradt substituted freely.
Adah Wells led the Bearkats (2-7) with eight points and three rebounds. Sam Houston State shot just 25 percent from the field. The Longhorns scored 35 points off Sam Houston turnovers, two more than the Bearkats' total.
The Longhorns started the game with a 14-2 run, with Kala Bowers scoring seven points during the spurt.
Heather Schreiber grabbed seven rebounds for Texas, which outrebounded the Bearkats 37-26.
· This was the second of four consecutive home games for the Longhorns - the squad's longest homestand of the season
· The win was the 41st home-court win in a row for Texas ... That 41-game home-court win streak is the longest in the nation of any NCAA Division I men's or women's basketball program ... Texas' longest home-court win streak is 44 games, set from Jan. 2, 1984 through Dec. 14, 1987
· Texas had a season-high 25 steals (old mark, 11 steals vs. McNeese State and UT-Arlington)
· Sophomore F Tiffany Jackson led the way in the steals department with a career-high nine thefts (prior career high was five steals) ... Senior G Jamie Carey had a career-high tying and season-best six steals - the most since her freshman year (1999-2000) at Stanford
· Jackson (game-high 13 points) also scored in double-figures for the eighth time in nine games (a team best) ... Senior Jamie Carey had 10 or more points for the sixth time, finishing with 12 points
· The 28 turnovers by Sam Houston was a season-high by a UT opponent
· Texas' 35 points off turnovers out-scored Sam Houston's game total of 33 points ... Texas registered 35 points off TO's to SHSU's five points off TO's
· For the second consecutive game, an opposing Longhorn player did not reach double-figure scoring
· Texas is now 3-0 this year against teams from the Southland Conference, defeating McNeese State (80-26), Texas-Arlington (69-24) and tonight against Sam Houston State (83-33), the Longhorns have beaten this trio by an average
· Texas closes out this portion of the non-conference season on Sunday, Jan. 2 when the Longhorns host Big East Conference member and 24th-ranked Rutgers (1 p.m) in a game televised on FSN (FOX Sports Net) Southwest TV ... Texas will have one non-conference game left after facing Rutgers (vs. Connecticut in Hartford, Conn., Jan. 17, ESPN2 TV) ... Following the Rutgers game, Texas concludes its four-game homestand by opening up Big 12 Conference action against Kansas on Wednesday, Jan. 5 (7 p.m., CSTV) in Austin
Texas Head Coach Jody Conradt
In talking about her team's defensive pressure throughout the game...
"I was pleased to see that we picked it up considerably as the game went on. It's all business now with our schedule. Rutgers is looming large on Sunday, and then we start Big 12 play. We've got to be ready for that. We need to be able to press some fullcourt and extend our defense, and we've been working on that. The energy was good tonight and we really forced the tempo up, which is one thing we need to do with our defense - force the tempo. We are better in the open court and with playing an up-tempo game. Yes, we forced a lot of turnovers, but we turned it over a lot as well.
On the play of the Texas bench (which out-scored Sam Houston's bench, 40-12)...
"We are making progress with the bench players. If we can get some solid play from the bench, we'll be better as a team. I am not looking for them to play spectacular, but to give us solid minutes. Many are starting to understand what we need them to do and when.
For us, it all starts with defense and rebounding. Rebounding is a concern. We need to be more aggressive and have everyone be determined when they go to the boards. Playing time will be determined for those who come off the bench and play defense and get rebounds and take care of the ball. Having offense off the bench is a bonus right now."
On the team's free throw shooting (16-24) ...
"This is a concern. We have not been shooting free throws the way we need to and we must improve. Yet, if I break down the stats, and look at the starters at the free throw line and then look at the people who have not played a lot, I think you'll find that over the season, we've had people consistently who are making them."
On facing No. 24 Rutgers on Sunday (Rutgers plays No. 8 Tennessee on Dec. 29 prior to game with UT)
"This game will be a challenge for us. We've already gone against some great guards this year from Penn State, UCLA and Georgia, and Rutgers' guards are in that class. Their guards are really good and are in the same league as the others (guards) we've already faced.
I have a great deal of respect for Rutgers (head) coach Vivian Stringer. She just won her 700th game, and has done that by taking three different teams to NCAA prominence. Right now, Rutgers is ranked in the 20's (24th), and they'll be looking to improve on that ranking. They may be quicker and more athletic than we are.
It should be a great matchup. We need a boisterous and big crowd. Right now, we have the longest home court win streak in the country, men or women, and the fans are a big part of having that continue. I just want to see where we are. We haven't been pressed in our last few games, and we need to have a test and Rutgers will give us one. We'll certainly see where we are entering the Big 12 after Sunday's game."
Texas Senior G Jamie Carey (12 points, game-high 5 assists, season-high and career-high tying six steals)
On Texas' surging defense and on going up against the Rutgers guards, particularly All-America candidate Cappie Pondexter ...
"Tonight, our frame of mind was being in the right position on "D". We need to be solid on "D" and not turn our backs, and that's what we've been working on the last few weeks.
I've played against Cappie (Pondexter) a lot. We faced each other in USA Basketball Trials and I am familiar with her game. She plays hard and I respect her game and what she does. Right now, it's a matter of looking at film over the next four days and working on facing their team as whole - they are not limited to just her."
Texas Junior Redshirt G Coco Reed (10 points)
On her game tonight...
"I think if we continue to play harder on "D" we'll be OK. Tonight, my knee was feeling better than it has in the last few weeks and I was confident out there. Concerning all the steals - Coach got on us about playing hard and we decided to get out there and get steals in a hurry!"