Texas women suf­fer sec­ond straight de­feat

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - Amer­i­can-states­man staff

The 20th-ranked Texas women’s bas­ket­ball team suf­fered its sec­ond straight loss in the Mag­gie Dixon Surf ’n Slam Clas­sic on Sun­day af­ter­noon in San Diego. The Longhorns fell to Cen­tral Michi­gan 73-65 in the con­so­la­tion game on the heels of their 86-63 de­feat by Iowa on Fri­day.

Texas (7-4) took an eight-point lead mid­way through the first half, but the Chippe­was (6-6) went on a 15-0 run to pull ahead and carry a sev­en­point edge into in­ter­mis­sion.

Texas cut the lead to four early in the sec­ond half be­fore Cen­tral Michi­gan built the lead back up to as many as 14 points with 11 min­utes to play.

The Longhorns could draw no closer than seven un­til the fi­nal minute, when they cut the gap to four. But the come­back fell short as Cen­tral Michi­gan hit its free throws down the stretch and forced a fi­nal Texas turnover in the clos­ing sec­onds.

The Longhorns were un­able to over­come 24 turnovers and 23 team fouls de­spite out­shoot­ing and out­re­bound­ing the Chippe­was.

Texas fresh­man cen­ter Imani McGee-Stafford had an im­pres­sive 18point, 16-re­bound per­for­mance; it was her fifth dou­ble-dou­ble of the sea­son. Longhorn guard Chas­sidy Fus­sell added 17 points and five re­bounds. Nneka Enemk­pali and Em­press Daven­port each had eight points for Texas.

Cen­tral Michi­gan guard Niki Digu­ilio led all scor­ers with 21 points, and all five of her field goals were 3-point­ers.

The Longhorns will start con­fer­ence play against Iowa State at 7 p.m. Wed­nes­day in Ames and then re­turn home to face ri­val Ok­la­homa at 12:30 p.m. Satur­day.

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