Horns’ turnover trou­ble re­turns

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - By Aaron Tor­res Amer­i­can-States­man cor­re­spon­dent and Rick Cantu rcantu@states­man.com

Even in a 28-point vic­tory, Texas coach Karen As­ton was con­cerned about her team’s turnovers dur­ing the Longhorns’ 78-50 win over Cen­tral Arkansas on Fri­day.

The Longhorns av­er­aged 15.1 turnovers this sea­son, rank­ing 137th in the coun­try. They had 21 Fri­day.

“At this time of the year, there’s such a value that you have to have for the bas­ket­ball and for pos­ses­sions,” As­ton said. “We went through a long pe­riod of time this year where I thought we’d re­ally cleaned up the turnover is­sue, and then the last cou­ple of games we’ve played, we’ve had some un­char­ac­ter­is­tic turnovers.”

Said Texas guard Bri­anna Tay­lor, “I think we were just be­ing antsy and im­pa­tient. We have to be more dis­ci­plined on of­fense.”

A good de­but: North Carolina State guard Do­minique Wil­son shined in the first NCAA Tour­na­ment game of her ca­reer. Wil­son, who trans­ferred from Arkansas in 2013, didn’t play the last time N.C. State went to the NCAAs in 2014.

She waited three years to play in the tour­na­ment. On Fri­day, it was Auburn that ended up bear­ing the brunt of that wait; Wil­son had 23 points and five re­bounds in the Wolf­pack’s 62-48 win.

“Pretty good NCAA game,” Wolf­pack coach Wes Moore said.

Wil­son said she wasn’t ner­vous or anx­ious. Just ex­cited. She was also more fo­cused, she said, be­cause “this is your last game. Win or go home.”

She got off to a fast start, scor­ing seven points in both the first and sec­ond quar­ters. Auburn didn’t have an an­swer for her.

“The scout­ing re­port said she was a scorer,” Auburn head coach Terri Wil­liams-Flournoy said. “On ev­ery catch she is a threat to score, and that we saw.”

Texas hits the glass: Cen­tral Arkansas couldn’t keep Texas off the boards. Not on the of­fen­sive end, any­way. The Longhorns had 55 re­bounds, 20 of them on of­fense.

Those boards helped the Horns get 18 sec­ond-chance points. Tay­lor and Ariel Atkins each had two of­fen­sive re­bounds.

“Our post play­ers are so ef­fec­tive, so teams have to dou­ble- and triple-team them, leav­ing guards open to get of­fen­sive re­bounds,” Tay­lor said.

This was the 29th time in 32 games that Texas out­re­bounded its op­po­nent.

Etc.: Texas has reached 24 vic­to­ries for the third straight sea­son . ... The Longhorns, who col­lected 55 re­bounds, are 8-0 when re­triev­ing 50 boards . ... McCarty has scored in dou­ble fig­ures in 27 of 32 games. ... Kelsey Lang needs three more blocked shots to sur­pass Tif­fany Jack­son (181) for sixth place in UT his­tory. ... Olamide Aborowa had a ca­reer-best six re­bounds to go along with four points and two blocked shots.

ERIC GAY / AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

North Carolina State guard Do­minique Wil­son made her first NCAA Tour­na­ment game mem­o­rable, fin­ish­ing with 23 points and five re­bounds.

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