Lashann Higgs opened her senior year with 20 points to help power 11th-ranked Texas to a 78-41 victory over Duquesne in the season opener Thursday night at the Erwin Center.
The 5-9 shooting guard from Round Rock was 9 for 16 from the field before leaving early in the fourth quarter.
Guard Destiny Littleton finished with a career-high 15 points while senior post Jatarie White posted 10 points to go along with a game-high 10 rebounds.
Higgs opened the season with a layup just nine seconds into the first quarter and the rout was on.
The game might be remembered as a breakout moment for Littleton, who struggled throughout her first season with the Horns. Her first two shots were three-point bombs from the right baseline. By halftime she had already scored a career-high 10 points.
Duquesne, playing in the state of Texas for the third time in school history (1,208 games), shot 18.5 percent from the field (5 for 27) in a dreadful first half and never challenged the Horns.
The game also marked the college debut of Texas freshman Charli Collier. The 6-5 forward, ranked by ESPN as the nation’s No. 2 high school recruit in the country last year, entered the game with 5:34 left in the first quarter. Her first buck was a left-handed floater with 1:51 remaining in the quarter.
After missing her first six shots as a Longhorn, Texas A&M transfer Danni Williams hit a three-pointer from the right corner with 8:54 left in the third quarter.
The Longhorns improved to 34-11 in season openers, 41-4 in home openers.
Duquesne (0-2) was led by Libby Bazelak, who had 9 points.
Texas (1-0) will now look ahead to its first road game of the season — Monday night at North Texas.
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