Fast start has women’s basketball aiming high

18 Dec By
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Empress Davenport and the women's basketball team are off to a 9-0 start (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

Empress Davenport and the women's basketball team are off to a 9-0 start (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

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.

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“(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.”