No. 10 Texas survives surprising challenge from Quinnipiac

ESTERO, Fla. (AP)—Audrey Warren’s jumper from just inside the foul line with 47 seconds left put No. 10 Texas ahead to stay, and the Longhorns knocked off Quinnipiac 56-55 on Friday in the opening round of the Gulf Coast Showcase.

Sug Sutton and Jatarie White each scored 12 for Texas (4-0), which overcame a 15-point deficit.

Quinnipiac (2-2) had two shots at the end to win it. Jen Fay’s long jumper missed, and Taylor Herd’s put-back try bounced off the rim as time expired.

Fay led all scorers with 15 points. The Bobcats shot 19 percent in the second half and were 1 for 15 from 3-point range in the final two quarters.

Texas outscored Quinnipiac 30-17 in the second half.

The teams were a combined 0 for 18 from 3-point range in the second half before Danni Williams connected with 4:56 left to put Texas up 53-51. Edel Thornton’s 3-pointer for Quinnipiac about two minutes later tied the game, and Fay put the Bobcats up 55-54 with a free throw with 1:11 left.

Warren flashed into the lane and scored what became the winner for Texas, which lost point guard Lashann Higgs with 6:55 left in the first half with what appeared to be a left knee injury. Higgs planted near the basket and then tumbled to the floor, letting out several long screams of obvious distress as she grabbed at her knee. She was tended to, then carried off the floor by two Texas staffers and taken to the locker room area for further evaluation.

Higgs came into the day leading Division I with a 13-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. There was no immediate word on the severity of her injury.

Everything was going Quinnipiac’s way early and Jaden Ward kept finding herself in the right place at the right time.

She missed two free throws early in the second quarter, but the rebound off the second one ended up back in her hands so she drilled a 3-pointer for a 24-11 lead. And after Chiara Bacchini missed a 3 later in the quarter, Ward was the recipient of a fortunate bounce again. The rebound of Bacchini’s miss went bouncing toward the far corner. Mackenzie DeWees ran it down then heaved it with both hands, no-look, over her head, back toward the basket. Her toss went directly to Ward, who laid it in for the most unconventional assist of DeWees’ life, and the Bobcats were up 33-22.

Fay’s milestone basket, a 3-pointer for 1,002 points in her career, came about a minute later and Quinnipiac took a 38-26 lead into halftime.

Texas meets Michigan or No. 21 Missouri in the semifinals.

Source: HookemPlus.com