Turnovers be­come a ma­jor con­cern


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coming based on how play­ers are prac­tic­ing. We need to un­der­stand that the only way we can win bas­ket­ball games this year is to play hard-nosed de­fense. I am hop­ing that this is a re­al­ity check for them and we can go back to work.”

Some turnovers are ex­pected, the coach said. Texas has a new point guard, new faces through­out the ros­ter and an up-tempo of­fense that lends it­self to turnovers.

For­ward Nneka Enemk­pali set a school record on Satur­day with her sixth straight dou­ble­dou­ble of points and re­bounds. But the soph- omore from Pflugerville also leads the team with 23 turnovers.

Don’t blame fresh­man Celina Ro­drigo. She ranks fourth on the team in turnovers with 17, trail­ing Enemk­pali, cen­ter Imani McGee-Stafford (18) and fresh­man guard Em­press Daven­port (18).

On a pos­i­tive note, Enemk­pali ranks sec­ond in the na­tion in re­bound­ing, av­er­ag­ing 14 a game. She’s 18th in scor­ing, av­er­ag­ing 20.5 points a game.

Texas leads the na­tion (out of 343 teams) in blocked shots, av­er­ag­ing 7.7 a game. The 6-foot7-inch McGee-Stafford av­er­ages three, which ranks 15th in­di­vid­u­ally.

The most an­tic­i­pated home game of the young sea­son will come Sun­day against No. 14 Ten­nessee. It will be the first time the Longhorns will play the Lady Vols with­out former coach Pat Sum­mitt on the bench.

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