Jones, Harmon lead No. 5 Texas to 106-62 victory over Long Beach State #Jones #Harmon #lead #Texas #victory #Long #Beach #State

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Taylor Jones scored 21 points and had 10 rebounds and No. 5 Texas defeated Long Beach State 106-62 on Wednesday night to continue its undefeated start to the season.

Rori Harmon scored 17 points and made six steals for the Longhorns (10-0). Backup guard Ndjakalenga Mwenentanda scored 14 of her 16 points in the second half. Madison Booker led Texas with seven assists, and she made three steals.

DeYona Gaston, making her season debut after missing the first nine games with an ankle injury, produced nine points, five rebounds and two blocks in 14 minutes.

Savannah Tucker led Long Beach State with 22 points. She hit 5 of 7 3-point shots.

Texas, coming off an 80-68 nationally televised victory over then-No. 11 UConn, avoided a letdown against overmatched Long Beach.

Jones, a 6-foot-4 senior, scored a career-best 27 points last week against Oral Roberts, converting all 11 shots from the field. In her next game, against UConn, Jones was in foul trouble and hit just 1 of 3 shots. She was back in form against Long Beach, converting 7 of 10 shots from the field in 19 minutes.

Texas had massive advantages in shooting percentage (54.2% to 36.5%) rebounding (56-27), and points in the paint (54-26).

The Longhorns raced to a 57-18 halftime lead, shooting 58% from the field, forcing 20 turnovers and using their height advantage for a 34-10 edge in the paint.

Long Beach shot 27.6% in the half and went scoreless for seven minutes.


Long Beach: Playing at a fast pace, Long Beach averages more than 20 turnovers a game, so Texas was not a good matchup. The Longhorns, often using full-court pressure, induce more than 25 a game by opponents.

Texas: The Longhorns should receive a boost with the return of Gaston, a 6-2 forward who averaged 12.1 points and 5.8 rebounds last season and was voted first team all-Big 12. Coach Vic Schaefer said Gaston will work on her conditioning while playing limited minutes starting out.


Long Beach: Hosts Colorado State on Dec. 15.

Texas: At Arizona on Dec. 13.

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