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College basketball

Texas women join men in a Final 4

By Associated Press
Published April 2, 2003

STANFORD, Calif. - After a 16-year absence, Texas is headed back to the Final Four with a low-post duo that just might be good enough to win it all.

Heather Schreiber had a career-high 32 points and eight rebounds, and Stacy Stephens had 14 points and 12 rebounds as the second-seeded Longhorns beat top-seeded LSU 78-60 Tuesday night in the West Region final.

It was the 17th consecutive win for Texas (29-5) and earned a meeting with Connecticut (35-1) at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sunday.

Football-crazy Austin will have basketball fever this week, with the men's team heading to New Orleans for that other Final Four.

Led by Schreiber's offensive versatility and Stephens' inside power, the Longhorns got a blowout victory in what many expected to be the NCAA Tournament's most competitive regional final. Texas led by 28 midway through the second half and then coasted.

Schreiber, Texas' All-Big 12 sophomore forward, went 13-for-21 from the field and embarrassed every defender put in front of her at Maples Pavilion. She was relentless, scoring on post-up moves and 18-foot jumpers with equal ease.

Coach Jody Conradt, who has won more games than any major-college women's coach except Tennessee's Pat Summitt, reached her third Final Four at Texas - but her first since 1987, when the Longhorns made back-to-back trips following an undefeated season and a national title in 1986.

DeTrina White scored 14 for LSU (30-4), the only No. 1 seed that won't be in Atlanta.

LSU star point guard Temeka Johnson, still playing with a black eye and two broken bones in her face, missed all four of her shots in the first half in the face of Jamie Carey's hounding defense. LSU struggled without her help, and she finished with nine points, seven rebounds and seven assists.

It was a heartbreaking loss for Tigers coach Sue Gunter, who has never made the Final Four. She has 681 career victories.

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