NSU (5-5) used a 16-5 to get out to a seven point lead over the Longhorns (8-3), but UT used a 37-11 run to finish out the half with a 48-29 lead.
“They had a hard time guarding us offensively, and we got some really good back-door looks. I thought our team executed and attacked very, very well to start the game,” said second-year co-head coach Brooke Stoehr. “[Lady Demons] played fearless and that was good for our kids to experience.
“[The Longhorns] went zone and extended that zone to a three-quarter court press. We had a few turnovers in that, which gave them some easy scores. The story of the night is on the boards.”
For the entire game, NSU was outrebounded 44-14 which resulted in 30 second-chance points for the Longhorns. UT also forced the Lady Demons into an uncharacteristic 19 turnovers that gave Texas 29 points off of turnovers.
“We struggled to match-up with their size because they are huge, absolutely huge. We had a couple of times we actually had kids boxing out, but it didn’t do us any good,” said Stoehr.
Texas had three players that stood 6-4 or taller, and at all times at least one was on the floor.
Northwestern State shot well from the field with a 48 percent (21-44) showing from the field that included NSU going 11-for-23 from behind the arc.
Texas ranks second country in field goal percentage defense; it only allows opponents on, average, to 30 percent.
“Proud of the way we shot the ball. When we shoot 48 percent in the game against one of the best defensive teams in the country I’ll be very, very pleased with it,” said Stoehr.
Janelle Perez tied for the game-lead in points with Nneka Enemkpali who both had 16.
Keisha Lee also scored in double-figures for 10 points.
Nekia Jones (15), Imani McGee-Stafford (10), and Chassidy Fussell (10) joined Enemkpali with double-digit scoring.
Enemkpali led all players with seven rebounds. Stafford, GiGi Mazionyte and Fussell had six boards each.
Texas, who averages 19 turnovers a contest, turned the ball over 15 times and had nine steals from NSU.
Celina Rodrigo led all players with five assists.
Every Lady Demons who traveled got into the game, and all but two of those scored in the contest.
Beatrice Attura scored eight points, Amy Staha had seven, Presley Owens had four, and Meredith Graf, Chelsea Rogers and Emily Spector all had three.
Breonna O’Conner and Trudy Armstead had two.
NSU will return to the floor on Dec. 28 and 29 at the Texas-San Antonio Holiday Classic.
The Lady Demons face New Mexico State on Dec. 28 at noon and North Dakota State at noon on Dec. 29 in the San Antonio Convocation Center.
The next time NSU returns to Prather Coliseum will be on Jan. 2 to open Southland Conference play with Sam Houston.