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Longhorns Nip Toreros, 81-79

Dec. 30, 2007

Box Score

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Carla Cortijo hit a jumper with 3.7 seconds left to lift No. 19 Texas to an 81-79 win over San Diego on Sunday night in the Maggie Dixon Surf 'N Slam championship game.

Texas (11-2) won its ninth straight game, the Longhorns' longest win streak since 2004.

The Longhorns followed two straight impressive wins over ranked opponents with a tough victory over the host school. Despite never leading until the final two minutes, the Toreros kept the game close in the second half.

Texas had a double-digit lead throughout parts of the second half but San Diego (8-5) kept pulling within striking distance behind point guard Amanda Rego. She tied the game at 79-all on a three-point play with 21.4 seconds left.

Texas put the ball into the hands of Cortijo, who worked the clock down to 5 seconds before she drove into the lane and made a 10-footer.

Rego missed a long 3-pointer at the buzzer. She finished with 22 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds. The left-hander made all 10 of her free throw attempts.

Brittany Raven scored a career-high 23 points for Texas, including six key points down the stretch. Ashley Lindsey added 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Longhorns, who also got 14 points from Earnesia Williams.

The Toreros took their first lead of the game at 74-73 on Amber Sprague's 15-foot shot with 2:02 remaining, her second straight basket. Texas took back the lead on Raven's drive with 1:39 left. Raven then hit a pair of free throws with 1:05 left for a 77-74 lead before Sprague hit a running shot to cut the lead to one.

Raven scored on another drive with 31 seconds before Rego tied the game.

Sprague finished with 23 points.