Central Connecticut

Texas scored points from every spot on the court on its way to a 94-58 victory over Central Connecticut. The Longhorns eclipsed the 90-point mark for the first time since December of 2011. Another dominating performance in the paint fueled the charge as the women outscored their opponents 42-12 in the low post. Head coach Karen Aston’s style of transition basketball was also successfully realized as the team scored 18 fast-break points while holding Central Connecticut to only two points in transition. Nneka Enemkpali recorded her fourth straight double-double of the season, finishing the game with 21 points and 10 rebounds.

First Half: The Longhorns came out scoring from everywhere on their way to 51 first-half points. This total was the most Texas has scored in the opening stanza since posting 51 against UTPA in 2010. Texas continued its low-post dominance by controlling the paint en route to 32 points down low to Central Connecticut’s four. Chassidy Fussell buoyed the scoring charge with 12 points while Imani McGee-Stafford controlled the paint on defense with three blocks.

Second Half: Texas didn’t slow up in the second half, shooting 64 percent from the field while holding Central Connecticut to only 34 percent. Texas’ five second-half 3-pointers sealed the deal. McGee-Stafford continued her defensive dominance in the half, recording six more blocks to finish the game with nine.

McGee-Stafford saw her stock skyrocket after her 13 point, seven rebound and nine block performance. The nine blocks were the most recorded by a Longhorn since Ashley Gayle racked up 10 on December 28, 2010. After a double-double in her last game, the freshman showcased her prowess and potential on the defensive end to reveal herself as a player to watch for the rest of Texas’ season.

What’s Next
The Longhorns have showcased their offensive efficiency inside and outside on their way to a 4-0 start this season. The squad will return to get back to the practice floor for five days before its next battle against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Nov. 30.

Printed on Monday, Nov. 26, 2012 as: Enemkpali and McGee-Stafford solid for Texas

Photo Credit: Pu Ying Huang | Daily Texan Staff

It’s a game of energy and Texas controlled it all.

In their fourth game of the season, the Longhorns beat the Central Connecticut Blue Devils to stay undefeated. The 94-58 win marked the first time they began a season 4-0 since 2010.

Once again, sophomore Nneka Enemkpali was the star of the game. She registered her fourth straight double-double, tallying 21 points and 10 rebounds, becoming the first Longhorn since Tiffany Jackson in 2006 to accomplish the feat.

“I just go out there and play each game like it’s a new game,” Enemkpali said. “I go out there and have fun with my teammates. I don’t really think about the past. Just move forward with each game.”

Chassidy Fussell led the Longhorns with 22 points while also recording a season-high four steals. Imani McGee-Stafford swatted a season-high nine blocks, which was the most for the Longhorns since Ashley Gayle recorded 10 in 2010.

Texas came out of the gate flying. By the first media timeout, the Longhorns had built up a double-digit lead, outscoring their opponent 32-4 in the paint. At halftime they were up 51-25, thanks in part to Fussell’s 12 point first half.

The second half came just as easy for the home team. Texas shot 64 percent while holding the Blue Devils to just 34. Six of McGee-Stafford’s nine blocks came after halftime to limit Central Connecticut on the defensive end.

Head coach Karen Aston was completely satisfied with her team’s performance in the game against Central Connecticut. Coming out to start the game fast is a concept she has tried to push since she first came to Austin last spring.

“I thought our energy level in the first half was terrific,” Aston said. “We talk a lot as a team about getting out of the gates quick and setting a tone at the beginning of the game. In particular our starting lineup is really beginning to understand what the first four minutes of the game are like.”

Texas was 3-1 in its first four games last year, winning by only a small margin in some of those wins.

“Just the inside-out game makes it so much easier on the guards and the posts really, because if they double the post they’re going to kick it back out and if they double the guards we’re going to throw it in,” Fussell said. “So just the inside-out game is working best for us.”

Texas now looks forward to its next opponent on Friday. UT will face Texas A&M-Corpus Christi here in Austin. As they look to start 5-0, the Longhorns are focusing on continuing their strong start right out of the game and explosive leads.

Printed on Monday, Nov. 26, 2012 as: Longhorns dominate in win