No. 2 TexasThrottles UCLA 89-58
Nov 25, 2003
By JIM VERTUNO
AP Sports Writer
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - On a night No. 2 Texas unveiled new banners for lastseason's Big 12 title and Final Four finish, freshman Tiffany Jackson turnedthe game into a showcase of the Longhorns' future.
One of the top high school recruits in the nation last season, Jacksonscored 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in her home debut, sending the No. 2Longhorns (3-0) to an 89-58 win over UCLA.
Jackson had teased Texas fans with 15 points in a season-opening win overNo. 4 Duke and followed that up with 11 rebounds a week later at North CarolinaState.
Given a chance to please the home crowd, she didn't disappoint.
'She's the gifted one, no question about it,' said Texas coach JodyConradt, whose Longhorns ran their home winning streak to 21.
'She's a special player. With special skills comes responsibility. Shestepped up on both ends of the floor.'
Jackson had 13 points and seven rebounds in the second half as Texas turneda 37-35 halftime lead into a rout.
Jackson said she's still making the transition from high school ball.
'The game is a lot faster and more physical,' she said. 'The key towinning big basketball games is rebounding. I know that's a big part of oursuccess.'
Texas didn't do much of that in the first half. The Longhorns shot 59percent in the half but on the rare times they missed, they grabbed just oneoffensive rebound. The Bruins (1-1) outrebounded Texas 22-16 in the first halfand hit six 3-pointers to keep it close.
The Longhorns held a 35-24 lead midway through the first half. GenniferArranaga's 3-pointer sparked a UCLA run that cut the lead to two by halftime.
'We were a step slow,' Conradt said. 'In the second half we were reallysolid and played with a purpose on the offensive end.'
Texas blew it open with a 19-7 burst to start the second. Jamie Carey andHeather Schreiber hit a pair of 3-pointers, and Jackson scored five points asthe Longhorns took control.
Carey and Jackson then combined for 10 straight points over a four-minutespan that put Texas up 71-49 with 7:40 to play. Outrebounded by the smaller butquicker Bruins 22-16 in the first half, Texas eventually took control of theboards 24-12 in the second.
'Tiffany plays with a lot of energy,' UCLA coach Kathy Olivier said. 'Sheplays hard and wants the basketball. I think we need to do a check. I don'tthink she's a freshman.'
The Bruins also went cold from long range in the second half, hitting justthree 3-pointers.
'I was kind of hoping they wouldn't allow us to go in the locker room,' athalftime, Olivier joked. 'I guess Jody gave them a wakeup call.'
Carey finished with 16 points for the Longhorns, who won't get the benefitof a long home stand. Texas travels to play Navy in Hawaii on Friday in theRainbow Wahine Classic tournament.
Lisa Willis scored 17 points for the Bruins - making five of UCLA's nine3-pointers.