AUSTIN (AP) — Nneka Enemkpali had 18 points and 14 rebounds as third-ranked Texas beat McNeese State 76-59 Wednesday night.
Kelsey Lang added 18 points and nine rebounds for Texas (9-0).
Texas led by 27 early in the second half, but McNeese sliced the deficit to 10 at the midway point. Jayln Johnson shot McNeese (5-4) back into the game, scoring 18 points in the first nine minutes after break. She finished with 20 points. Guard Allison Baggett led McNeese with 22.
Longhorn guard Brianna Taylor stopped McNeese’s run with five straight points. She scored 14 overall.
Imani McGee-Stafford, the Longhorns’ 6-foot-7 junior center, made her first appearance of the season after recovering from a stress fracture in her left leg.
McGee-Stafford averaged 10.8 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.2 blocks a game last season. She received All-Big 12 second team recognition.
On Wednesday, McGee-Stafford was a reserve instead of a starter, her usual role. She played nine minutes, contributing four points and four rebounds.
Texas: The Longhorns outrebounded McNeese 42-32. They have beaten every opponent this season on the boards, by an average margin of 15 a game.
McNeese State: Cowgirl guard Allison Baggett was one of five women recognized by the NCAA for their achievements last week. Baggett, a junior, scored 26 points against Centenary and followed up with a career-best 31 at Louisiana-Monroe. She averages 17 a game.
Texas: Plays Texas A&M Sunday in Little Rock, Arkansas.
McNeese State: At Rice on Friday.
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