Head coach Vic Schaefer left final Saturday’s loss towards West Virginia questioning how his workforce would rebound. Schaefer obtained his reply in a 79-72 win towards Kansas Thursday evening on the Frank Erwin Heart.
Kansas wouldn’t go down with out a combat, however Texas’s assured capturing propelled them to a comparatively snug win. Junior ahead Lauren Ebo was again in motion after lacking a pair weeks of competitors, and her presence helped open up scoring alternatives for junior middle Charli Collier.
Ebo’s contribution to the Longhorns goes far past the stat sheet, Schaefer mentioned.
“It’s good to have Lauren (Ebo) in there. It actually permits us to maneuver Charli (Collier) round a bit bit,” Schaefer mentioned. “It was a constructive on the board to have Lauren (Ebo) again.”
Ebo was capable of set up her place on the block, permitting Collier to maneuver across the exterior of the paint. Collier shot 52.4% to complete with 28 factors, her career-high in a Large 12 contest.
Sophomore guard Celeste Taylor loved considered one of her finest offensive performances of the season, discovering her vary from past the arc. Taylor completed with 23 factors, capturing 66.7% from the 3-point line in her 40 minutes on the court docket.
Taylor’s efficiency propelled Texas to the win, and the workforce will profit if she will construct upon her offensive efficiency, Collier mentioned.
“When Celeste performs how Celeste performs, we’re going to win a number of video games,” Collier mentioned. “When everybody steps up and performs their function and does their half, we’re going to win a number of video games.”
Collier and Taylor led the scoring effort for Texas, accounting for 65% of the workforce’s factors. Each different Longhorn struggled to discover a groove offensively, with the third highest scorer solely with 9 factors.
Kansas dominated Texas within the paint regardless of not having performed in two weeks and solely bringing eight eligible gamers. The Jayhawks scored 46 factors within the paint in comparison with Texas’s 28, led by sophomore guard Holly Kersgieter, who completed with 20 factors.
The disparity in paint factors will be attributed to Texas’s gentle protection on driving guards, Taylor mentioned.
“I feel we let a number of dribble penetration get by way of the lane, and that’s one thing we’re not alleged to let occur,” Taylor mentioned. “We started working tougher on the issues we’re not good at, that dribble penetration, nonetheless taking these expenses, boxing out. Simply the little issues that we have to do higher as a workforce.”
Despite the fact that Texas struggled defensively, the Longhorns held the lead for 39 minutes of the sport and outscored Kansas in each quarter besides the third.
Junior guard Joanne Allen-Taylor was quiet for a lot of the sport however made some huge performs within the fourth quarter with aggressive effort on the glass and capitalizing off free throw alternatives to increase the Texas lead. Regardless of the quiet offensive efficiency, Schaefer mentioned she made an affect in each different space of the sport.
“Jo (Allen-Taylor) may’ve struggled from the sector, however she had 5 offensive rebounds, six whole,” Shaefer mentioned.
Texas continues to be looking for the best rotations, however guard Shay Holle supplied a set off the Texas bench. The freshman contributed on offense and protection and will doubtlessly discover a larger function primarily based on her admirable, albeit quick, efficiency tonight.
“Shay Holle got here off the bench and gave us 3: 51 and had two assists, one steal, one rebound and no turnovers, so in all probability ought to’ve performed her a bit bit longer,” Schaefer mentioned.
The win is a plus, however not but a sigh of reduction for Texas. Schaefer mentioned successful is at all times a constructive, however he’s desperate to get to work on the issues that went unsuitable in observe in preparation for Texas Tech on Sunday.
“We’ll get again tomorrow. These children are going to work laborious,” Schaefer mentioned. “We’ll get higher and prepare to go on the highway.”