No 10 Texas barely survives Quinnipiac 5655

ESTERO, Fla. — Audrey Warren’s jumper from just inside the foul line with 47 seconds left put No. 10 Texas ahead to stay, and the Longhorns knocked off Quinnipiac 56-55 on Friday in the opening round of the Gulf Coast Showcase.Sug Sutton and Jatarie White each scored 12 for Texas (4-0), which overcame a 15-point deficit.Quinnipiac (2-2) had two shots at the end to win it. Jen Fay’s long jumper missed, and Taylor Herd’s putback try bounced off the rim as time expired.Fay led all scorers with 15 points for the Bobcats, who shot 19 per cent in the second half — and were 1 for 15 from 3-point range in the final two quarters.Texas outscored Quinnipiac 30-17 in the second half.The teams were a combined 0 for 18 from 3-point range in the second half before Danni Williams connected with 4:56 left to put Texas up 53-51. Edel Thornton’s 3-pointer for Quinnipiac about two minutes later tied the game, and Fay put the Bobcats up 55-54 with a free throw with 1:11 left.Warren flashed into the lane and scored what became the winner for Texas, which lost point guard Lashann Higgs with 6:55 left in the first half with what appeared to be a left knee injury.Higgs planted near the basket and then tumbled to the floor, letting out several long screams of obvious distress as she grabbed at her knee. She was tended to, then carried off the floor by two Texas staffers and taken to the locker room area for further evaluation.Higgs came into the day leading Division I with a 13-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. There was no immediate word on the severity of her injury.Everything was going Quinnipiac’s way early — and Jaden Ward kept finding herself in the right place at the right time.She missed two free throws early in the second quarter, but the rebound off the second one was tapped back out as she backed off the line — so she drilled a 3-pointer for a 24-11 lead. And after Chiara Bacchini missed a 3 later in the quarter, Ward was the recipient of a most fortuitious bounce again.The rebound of Bacchini’s miss went bouncing toward the far corner. Mackenzie DeWees ran it down then heaved it with both hands, no-look, over her head, back toward the basket. Her toss went directly to Ward, who laid it in for the most unconventional assist of DeWees’ life, and the Bobcats were up 33-22.Fay’s milestone basket, a 3-pointer for 1,002 points in her career, came about a minute later and Quinnipiac took a 38-26 lead into halftime.BIG PICTUREQuinnipiac: The Bobcats are now 0-8 all-time against teams ranked No. 10 or higher, but this was by far the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference power had come to knocking one of those clubs off. In the other seven meetings, the average score was 93-51 — though that’s also wildly skewed by a 117-20 loss to UConn 20 years ago. … This is part of a seven-game road trip to open the season. The Bobcats don’t play their home opener until Dec. 2.Texas: The Longhorns nearly had more turnovers (10) than shot attempts (11) in the first quarter. … Texas didn’t get a warmup for the second half; the Longhorns didn’t return to the floor until about 30 seconds were left in the 15-minute intermission.FLORIDA FUNFlorida has been welcoming for Texas and Quinnipiac in the past. The Longhorns are now 16-4 in the Sunshine State, while Quinnipiac’s most recent time venturing this far south for games was in the 2017 NCAA Tournament — when it won the Coral Gables Regional, knocking off Marquette and Miami.TEXAS TRAILIn Texas’ first three games of the season, a total of 120 minutes, the Longhorns led for 117 minutes, 57 seconds. They were tied for the other 2:03. On Friday, the Longhorns trailed for 34:30 and won anyway.UP NEXTTexas meets Michigan or No. 21 Missouri in the semifinals. Quinnipiac meets the Michigan-Missouri loser in the consolation semifinals.Tim Reynolds, The Associated Press

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