By Blanche Schaefer
The Texas women’s basketball team is off to one of its best starts in school history. Since the Longhorns won all 34 games they played in 1985-86, they have won their first nine games of the season just four times. This season's team is one of those four, has beaten three top-25 opponents and has climbed to No. 5 in the country. The Longhorns are riding a 23-game win streak over non-conference opponents and most recently earned their 990th all-time program win when with a 92-62 victory Dec. 16 over Canisius in Austin.
The game was the first matchup between the two teams. Four Longhorns scored in double digits: senior center Imani Boyette scored 15 points, guards sophomore Brooke McCarty and freshman Lashann Higgs each scored 14 points and junior center Kelsey Lang added 10 points. Texas shot a season-high 56 percent from the field, and the defense held Canisius to 37 percent shooting. Boyette also grabbed 10 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season.
“(Opposing defenses) have to figure out what they want to give up – the guards, or do they want to give up me?” Boyette said. “I’ve adjusted to my role in that I may not always be scoring, but I need to be occupying people so that everyone else can get shots. I’m just learning to play within the system.”