The Texas women got off on the right foot tonight in the first round of the Big XII Tournament as they handled the 10th seed Missouri, 70-59. Texas used a 46-27 first half lead to coast to a second round match up against #2 seed Oklahoma.
Led by freshman Earnesia Williams 17 points, and Tiffany Jackson's 12 points and 14 rebounds Texas kept themselves in the hunt for a birth into the NCAA field of 65. While they could be given an at large birth after tonight's win, Texas would all but assure themselves of a place in the field if they can knock of #12 Oklahoma. But that's no small task. (See: Courtney Paris)
More importantly for the Longhorns the win marked the 900th of the illustrious career of head coach Jody Conradt. After failing to record the win last week against A&M, the Lady Longhorns were able to get Coach Conradt over the hump, making her the second head coach ever in women's basketball to reach that mark.
While we are happy for Coach Conradt and the Lady Longhorns, we would like to ask ESPN and all other media outlets to just say congratulations, recognize Conradt as one of the greatest women's coaches of all time and leave it at that. I don't think anyone can take another three weeks of comparing Conradt and Summit's achievements to Bob Knight, Dean Smith, and Adolph Rupp. And I guess while we're at it, should we nip the "Should Conradt be the Men's basketball coach?" story in the bud.
I think to be safe, I just won't watch Sportscenter in the morning.
Congratulations Coach Conradt on 900.