AUSTIN, Texas — Brooke McCarty had 15 points, five assists and five steals to lead No. 2 Texas to an 88-54 victory over Louisiana Tech on Thursday night.
McCarty, a senior guard who was Big 12 player of the year last season, converted her first six shots, including three 3-pointers.
Guard Lashann Higgs scored 13 points on 6-for-8 shooting for Texas (6-0). Alecia Sutton added 10 points and five assists, and Ariel Atkins had eight points, seven assists and three blocks.
Taylor Stahly led Louisiana Tech (4-3) with 13 points, including three 3-pointers. Maria Delgado added 10 points.
Tech never offered any resistance, falling behind 37-9 early in the second quarter. The Longhorns asserted themselves in the first quarter by forcing eight turnovers — all on steals — that they turned into 10 points.
McCarty had four steals during that stretch, with the tenacious defense enabling Texas to grab a 10-0 advantage in fast-break points in the first quarter.
Tech finished with 22 turnovers, and Texas produced 29 points from them.
Louisiana Tech: The Lady Techsters have a serious issue with turnovers during their three defeats this season. They committed 29 at Auburn and 21 against Niagara before the 22 on Thursday. The Longhorns made 15 steals. One pass went through a Tech player’s hands and hit a referee in the face.
Texas: The Longhorns have nine former high school all-Americans, with a 10th — Joyner Holmes — returning on Dec. 23, that coach Karen Aston can, and does, leave freshmen Rellah Boothe, Chasity Patterson and Destiny Littleton on the bench if they don’t meet expectations on and off the court. Aston complains about their lack of defense in particular. All three are known for offensive prowess but they have not shot well so far.
Louisiana Tech hosts Clemson on Monday.
Texas is at Georgia on Sunday.