Two Saturdays ago Imani McGee-Stafford had one of the best games of her career. However, almost a week later, the center outshined that very game.
Against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, McGee-Stafford earned her second double-double game of the season while also tallying a career-high 11 rebounds. That is the most rebounds from a Longhorn in a single game since Ashley Gayle in 2010. The California native also recorded a career-high 20 points which was the most in the game for any Texas player.
The young center looks to be a hopeful sight for the future of the Longhorns on the court.
Starting strong has been a key aspect of the Longhorns’ game.
Since new head coach Karen Aston started last spring she has pushed the fact that her team needs to come out fast and strong. It’s only been five games, but her Longhorns have done just that.
In the last game against Central Connecticut State, the Longhorns started out with 51 points in the first half, making it their strongest first half since 2010. However on Friday night the Longhorns had just as strong of a first half, if not better. They scored 46 points while holding the Islanders to just nine. That is the least amount of points that the Longhorns have held an opponent to in a half since 2003. TAMU-CC did not record a field goal until the 11:18 mark.
“I’ve been continually impressed with how our team has started games,” Aston said. “I really love teams that are ready to play when the tip happens and I’m a big believer in setting a tone in the first four or five minutes of a game. I’m impressed with how we’ve done that.”