No. 10 Texas women top Michigan 69-52 at Gulf Coast Showcase
ESTERO, Fla. (AP) — Jatarie White scored 16 points and No. 10 Texas defeated Michigan 69-52 on Saturday night in the semifinals of the Gulf Coast Showcase.
Audrey Warren scored a career-high 15 points and Sug Sutton finished with 13 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for the Longhorns (5-0), who play Fordham Sunday in the tournament championship game. Michigan (4-1) will meet Washington for third place in the eight-team event.
A 19-0 first-quarter run set the tone for Texas, which led 39-14 at the half and coasted from there.
Deja Church scored 12 points for the Wolverines, and Amy Dilk added 10. Michigan shot 17 percent in the first half and 29 percent for the game.
Texas moved Warren into the starting lineup in the place of Lashann Higgs, who left Friday’s 56-55 win over Quinnipiac in the first half with a knee injury. Warren — the hero of Friday’s victory after hitting what became the game-winning jumper with just under a minute left — stayed hot Saturday, making six of her nine shots.
Michigan missed 23 of 24 shots in one first-half stretch, including 16 straight over a six-minute stretch of the first quarter. The deficit got to 50-24 midway through the third quarter before the Wolverines went on a small run, peeling off nine straight points to get a bit of momentum.
Kayla Robbins’ layup with 7:42 left got Michigan within 54-41, but the comeback bid essentially ended there. Warren connected on a 3-pointer, Sutton added a three-point play on the next possession and Texas’ lead was back to 19.
Michigan: The Wolverines had barely trailed in any of their first four games this season, facing deficits for less than two minutes out of a possible 160 minutes entering Saturday. They ran out to a 6-2 lead over Texas — and then went ice-cold.
Texas: The Longhorns are 5-0 for the fifth time in seven seasons under coach Karen Aston. They’ve also won nine consecutive games played in Florida, with the last Texas loss in the Sunshine State coming 17 seasons ago.
Sunday has the final four games of the event on tap, starting with Quinnipiac facing Ball State for seventh place, followed by Duke meeting No. 21 Missouri for fifth place. The Michigan-Washington game will be the third game up Sunday, and then Texas and Fordham play for the title.
Michigan: Faces Washington on Sunday.
Texas: Faces Fordham on Sunday.