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Nov 30, 2003

HONOLULU (AP) – Texas showed off its defensive strength at overmatchedVirginia’s expense.

Jamie Carey scored 20 points to lead the No. 2 Longhorns to a 74-54 victoryover Virginia 74-54 on Saturday night in the semifinals of the Rainbow WahineClassic.

The Longhorns (4-0) will face Montana, a 70-49 winner over Hartford, onSunday for the title.

Heather Schreiber scored 14 points, Nina Norman 12 and Tiffany Jackson 10for Texas, which forced 27 Virginia turnovers.

“We just locked it down defensively,” Texas coach Jody Conradt said. “Wereally picked up the defensive intensity and stayed really connected. I felt wemissed some opportunities early in the game, which would really build the leadthen, but we let them hang around. But for remainder of the half, I thought wewere as good defensively as we can be.”

LaTonya Blue led Virginia (2-2) with 18 points, while Brandi Teamer added10.

After a basket by Teamer pulled Virginia to 18-16 with 7:36 left in thefirst half, Texas went on a 23-6 run. Five Longhorns scored during the run andTexas led 41-22 at halftime.

“They just have so may weapons, that it makes a big difference,” Virginiacoach Debbie Ryan said. “They have great players at every position and wedidn’t match up so well in two or three positions and that made it very toughfor us.”

Virginia turned the ball over 13 times while scoring just two points offfree throws in the half’s final 4? minutes.

Texas opened the second half with nine straight points while Virginia turnedthe ball over six times and missed its first three shots.

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