San­ders’ 15 points lead rout for Horns

Texas rolls de­spite 24 turnovers and near-record 33 fouls.

Austin American-Statesman - - C SPORTS - By Rick Cantu rcantu@states­

Brady San­ders hadn’t had this much fun on a bas­ket­ball court since she scored 2,051 points at Joshua and God­ley high schools.

Af­ter she missed her fresh­man sea­son at Texas be­cause of surgery to re­pair a her­ni­ated disk in her neck, no one knew whether the 5foot-11-inch guard would have much of an im­pact this year.

San­ders had her best game of the young sea­son Tues­day night, scor­ing a team-high 15 points in a 77-49 vic­tory over Louisiana-Mon­roe at the Er­win Cen­ter.

San­ders and se­nior cen­ter

Cokie Reed played well in an oth­er­wise dis­mal per­for­mance by the Longhorns. Reed scored 14 points and hauled in a sea­son-high nine re­bounds, but Texas com­mit­ted 24 turnovers and 33 fouls, the sec­ond­high­est to­tal in UT bas­ket­ball his­tory.

Texas (6-1) has played the past two games with­out ju­nior guards Chas­sidy Fus­sell and Chelsea Bass, and their ab­sence has been felt. UT of­fi­cials said both have “mild head in­juries,’’ but they have al­ready missed more than a week of prac­tice and games.

San­ders was crit­i­cal of her per­for­mance but added that she felt good just to play.

“First of all, I’m glad we got the W,” she said. “The first thing I no­ticed (on the stat sheet) was that I had five turnovers. My shot felt good, though.”

San­ders missed most of sum­mer train­ing be­cause of a rib pro­ce­dure that was not re­lated to her neck in­jury.

Guard Na­dia Tay­lor scored the first field goal of her col­lege bas­ket­ball ca­reer on a break­away layup with 11 min­utes left in the sec­ond half. Af­ter play­ing four sea­sons with the UT soft­ball team, Tay­lor played nine min­utes on Tues­day.

Texas played as if it had a UCLA hang­over in the first half, dodg­ing a mine­field of fouls (17) and turnovers (13) to take 35-21 lead at the break.

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