Dec. 28, 2009
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) -- Brittainey Raven had a season-high 26 points and 10 rebounds as No. 17 Texas defeated Central Michigan, 94-83 in the opening round of the Miami Wyndham Holiday Tournament.
Ashley Gayle also recorded a double-double for Texas (8-3) - her second straight, with 11 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. Kathleen Nash scored 18 points - 16 in the first half and Erika Arriaran added 15 points in the win.
Jalisa Olive led Central Michigan (3-8) with 22 points - 20 coming in the second half. Britni Houghton scored 12 points for the Chippewas, while Kaihla Szunko and Stefanie Mauk each scored 11. Shonda Long and Heidi Warczinsky added 10 points apiece.
Down 20 early in the second half, Central Michigan pulled to within four at 72-68 with 7:44 to play.
The Longhorns rallied and closed the game on a 22-15 run.
Texas hit eight three-pointers in the first half in building a 52-37 lead. For the game, UT hit 11 treys - three apiece from Arriaran, Nash and Raven.
The Longhorns will face the winner of the Miami/Quinnipiac contest in tomorrow's tournament final at 3 p.m. or 5 p.m. depending on the outcome.
- Texas improved to 1-0 all-time against Central Michigan.
- Texas is 1-0 this season using the lineup of Fontenette, Raven, Arriaran, Ka. Nash and Gayle.
- The Longhorns scored 50 or more points in the first half for the first time this season.
- UT made six or more 3-point baskets for the fifth-straight game and for the seventh time this season. UT recorded eight of its 11 3-pointers in the first half.
- The Longhorns recorded 21 assists, marking the third time this season they have notched 20+ assists and second-straight contest.
- Four players posted double-digit scoring for the fourth time this season ... the Longhorns are 4-0 when four players reach double-figures.
- The Horns outrebounded their opponent by 10 or more for the fifth time this season (50-34, +16) ... Texas' 16+ rebounding margin matched its largest of the season (Oral Roberts, Dec. 1) ... UT recorded 50 or more rebounds for the second time this season.
- Scored 10 or more points for the fourth time of the season and 44th of her career.
- Recorded third double-double of the season with 11 points (5-of-9 FG, 1-of-5 FT) and a career-high 13 rebounds.
- First Longhorn to post three double-doubles this season and has done so in back-to-back games (Texas Southern, Dec. 20)
- Led the Longhorns in rebounding for the fourth time this season and sixth time of her career.
- Recorded game-high three blocks ... has posted at least two blocks in nine games this season, and three or more in each of her last five games.
- Matched her season-high of 25 minutes played.
- Scored 10 or more points for the seventh time this season and the 39th of her career.
- Played a team-high 34 minutes.
- Made her first start of the 2009-10 season. Has now started 91 of 111 games played in her career.
- Recorded her second double-double of the season with game-high and season-high 26 points (9-of-17 FG, 3-of-5 3FG, 5-of-6 FT) and 10 rebounds.
- Notched 20+ points for the first time this season and 14th of her career.
- Recorded her 16th-straight double-digit scoring effort dating back to March 4, 2009.
- Scored 10 or more points for the 11th time this season and the 74th of her career.
- Notched a season-high six assists.