Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Rodman's Sister Starts La Tech's 84-62 blowout of Longhorns

When Jennifer White steals the ball on the first play of the game, and passes ahead to Dennis Rodman's sister for the layup just seconds into the game, it's not your day Texas Longhorns.

When you realize this is the young Debra Rodman who Dennis Rodman said (click for story pictured below) defeated him on the basketball court when they were kids, and on the 1982 national champs from Louisiana Tech she was the BACK-UP center to the great Pam Kelly - it's really not your day. 

Kudos again to the incredible upgrade a Basketball Reference to recently release many women's seasons with more to come - which will make our women's cards more and more accurate after piecing stats together in some cases for the Value Add Basketball Game.

Rodman and the second string blitzed the Longhorns 12-2 in their seven possessions on the court, then Pam Kelly (23 points, 9 rebounds, 3 blocked shots), powered to a 75-49 lead before some late baskets by the Longhorns backcourt tightened the final slightly to 84-62, in the Value Add Basketball Game.

The one brightspot for the Longhorns was the starting back court of Brook McCarthy (14 points) and Ariel Atkins (17 points, 5 steals), but on the possessions on which Texas did not force a turnover, Louisiana Tech averaged an amazing 2.1 points per trip down the court.

Three of the four heavy favorites that are quite possibly the four best teams in the history of women's college basketball, will advance to the Elite 8 - and the 1-seed UConn 2016 is a heavy favorite to beat #20 seed Long Beach State and join them.

Louisiana Tech held Texas to just 19 rebounds the entire game.

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