Led by four tries from fullback Kiara Harris, and seven conversions from Julia Fortkort, the University of Texas women's team hammered a stretched Texas Tech side 54-12 Saturday.
The win put Texas at 3-0 in Texas league play and essentially clinched 1st in the league. Their league is too small to get an automatic bid to national playoffs, so the Longhorns will have an extra round of playoffs with teams from the South in March to get to the Big Dance. But they looked good so far.
"I have never seen so much pace in wings and fullback," said Tech Head Coach Bob Middleton. "We had about 85% possession, and we played well in tight, but they just had so much speed, and when we went down a player, they just inserted their fullback in the line and had the overload every time."
Tech could only field 15 players, and that hurt when scrumhalf Candace Balderas went out early with a suspected concussion. Having already lost their flyhalf, No. 8, fullback and inside center over Winter Break to various sporting and academic commitments, Tech just did the best they could.
Texas Coach Anna Kunkel was pleased with how her team handled the player advantage, but she was also happy with the team's defensive performance.
"The team defended well and produced a lot of turnovers, which we were able to capitalize on," she said. No. 8 Simone Lumsden led the effort in the pack.
Now ahead for the 'Horns is a date with some teams from the South March 24, followed by more playoffs a week later.
"Our goal is to make the national championships, so we're going where we need to go," said Kunkel.