Texas Adances To Elite Eight, Will Face LSU Tuesday
March 30, 2003
Stanford, Calif. - Texas' JamieCarey scored 18 points on the samecourt where she starred as a freshman for Stanford, leading the Longhorns intothe West Regional finals with a 73-60 victory over Minnesota on Sunday night.
Second-seeded Texas won its 16th straight game to advance to the regionalfinal for the sixth time under coach Jody Conradt, who took the Longhorns(28-5) to back-to-back Final Fours in 1986 and '87.
They will play top-seeded Louisiana State (30-3) on Tuesday night. TheTigers, who beat Texas 76-58 earlier this season, came from behind to beatLouisiana Tech 69-63 earlier Sunday.
Texas is the only school with both its men's and women's teams still in theNCAA tournament.
The Longhorns also got 14 points and 12 rebounds from Heather Schreiber.
Kim Prince had 15 points for No. 6 seed Minnesota (25-6), which reached theround of 16 for the first time in school history with an upset victory overStanford last week but couldn't overcome a poor performance on offense Sunday.
The Longhorns' defense held Minnesota leading scorer Lindsay Whalen to 13points, eight below her average, on 4-for-13 shooting and she also committedsix of her team's 14 turnovers. Bulky 6-foot-2 sophomore center JanelMcCarville added 10 points and 12 rebounds, but was not the dominant insidepresence she had often been this season.
The Maples Pavilion fans who would have preferred to have the hometownCardinal still playing in the tournament had the next best thing in Carey.
Carey, who declared as far back as seventh grade she wanted to go toStanford, made a school-record 81 3-pointers as a Cardinal freshman buttransferred to Texas when school doctors ruled her ineligible after a series ofconcussions.
The Longhorns cleared her and the guard from Thornton, Colo., left Stanford.
One fan held a red sign reading 'Maples Belongs to Jamie,' while severalothers wore her red No. 11 Stanford uniform. She received a standing ovationwhen she was introduced.
Carey took the ball hard to the basket and aggressively jumped out into thepassing lane for one of her two steals when the game was tight in the secondhalf.
The Gophers never got in sync on offense and were held without a field goalfor 6ï¿½ minutes in the second half. They shot 38 percent.
Nina Norman's 3-pointer with 10:32 left gave Texas a 49-42 lead, and theLonghorns answered with clutch baskets - several on second-chance opportunities- whenever Minnesota made shots to keep the game close.
Kala Bowers converted two free throws with 6:01 left for a 61-52 lead tohelp the Longhorns pull away.
In the first half, Minnesota routinely forced things on offense with theshot clock winding down, missing many shots from close range.
The teams played for the first time since two meetings in 1978.
By JANIE McCAULEY
AP Sports Writer