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Underwood, McCarty, No. 2 Texas top Texas-San Antonio 120-70

November 18, 2017

Texas guard Alecia Sutton dribbles the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against UTSA, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Thomas)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Jada Underwood scored 19 points, Brooke McCarty had 18 and No. 2 Texas beat Texas-San Antonio 120-70 on Friday night.

Underwood set career bests in scoring and rebounding (nine) while playing 21 minutes for Texas (3-0). McCarty, a senior guard and Big 12 player of the year last season, shot 7 for 11 from the field, including 3 for 4 on 3-pointers. Ariel Atkins added 13 points on 6-for-8 shooting.

Crystal Chidomere led UTSA (1-3) with 19 points. Marie Benson scored 15 and led the Roadrunners with seven rebounds.

Texas guard Lashann Higgs left the game early in the third quarter after she was knocked to the ground by a UTSA player setting a screen, hitting her head on the court. After getting examined by medical personnel, Higgs was cleared to return but watched the rest of the game from the Longhorns’ bench.

Chidomere scored 26 points in her season debut against Texas-Arlington on Wednesday. She had only four points by early in the third quarter against Texas while guarded primarily by Higgs, a junior angling to become the team’s defensive stopper. After Higgs left the game, Chidomere produced six quick points and kept scoring.


UTSA: The Roadrunners are 0-2 against teams from the Power 5 conferences, having lost at Arizona State by 32 points. The good news for them is that they don’t have any more games left against that level of competition.

Texas: The Longhorns asserted themselves quickly in games while compiling a 3-0 record against overmatched opponents. They scored 33 points in the first quarter in a 95-59 opening day victory against Stetson, the most Texas has scored in a quarter since the NCAA went from playing two halves to four quarters before the 2015-16 season. The Longhorns followed up with 32 in the first quarter of a 100-34 win against McNeese, and 30 in the first quarter against UTSA.


UTSA: Hosts Northern Illinois next Friday and North Dakota on Nov. 25 at the UTSA Thanksgiving Classic.

Texas: Plays LSU next Friday and Washington on Nov. 25 at Las Vegas in the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout.

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