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Texas 71, TCU 54: Unranked Longhorns rebound as Charli Collier challenges a school record

Texas guard Joanne Allen-Taylor celebrates after she drew an offensive foul against TCU's Lauren Heard in Wednesday's 71-54 win at the Erwin Center.

As she walked into her postgame press conference Wednesday night, Charli Collier made an off-handed remark about her performance.

The Texas junior's 23 points in the win over TCU? Not too shabby. Her career-high 20 rebounds? The Longhorns will gladly take that. But the 6-for-22 shooting performance? "That's terrible," muttered Collier, who is admittedly her worst critic, as she found her seat.

Still, behind that "terrible" effort, Collier led Texas (10-3, 4-2 Big 12) to the 71-54 win at the Erwin Center.

"I had a 20-20 game. That's rare and not a lot of people do that, so I'm proud of my performance," Collier said. "That 6-for-22 is not good."

Turnovers were an early theme Wednesday night. Both teams slogged through a sloppy start.  A bucket by Joanne Allen-Taylor in the waning seconds of the first quarter gave the Longhorns a 16-14 lead.

Her first points of the night were just a warmup act. As Texas' lead extended to 14 points in the second quarter, Allen-Taylor knocked down all four of her shots and also drew a charge on defense. She scored 11 points in the quarter, including a couple of 3-pointers and a three-point play that the 5-8 guard set up with an offensive rebound.

Texas' Charli Collier looks to pass over TCU defenders Caroline Germond, right, and Lauren Heard during Wednesday's win at the Erwin Center. Collier produced Texas' first 20-20 game (20 points, 20 rebounds) since 2012.

Allen-Taylor got open on her 3-pointers as Texas took advantage of TCU's decision to shade multiple defenders toward Collier. On one of those shots, Allen-Taylor was set up by Collier herself. The other 3-pointer came after Ashley Chevalier received a pass from a double-teamed Collier and whipped the ball to Allen-Taylor.

Following Sunday's 74-66 loss at Texas Tech, head coach Vic Schaefer criticized his players for passing up too many open shots in Lubbock. Three days later, Allen-Taylor didn't have any reservations about shooting. She finished with 18 points.

"I feel like if I feel good about the shot, I'm going to take it," Allen-Taylor said. "Tonight, I felt good about the shot that I had and I took it."

Up 38-24 at halftime, Texas outscored TCU in each of the final two quarters. The Horned Frogs (6-6, 1-6) failed to get closer than 11 points the rest of the night. 

Wednesday's 17-point victory was the most-lopsided win for Texas in conference play this season. It was recorded just days after that surprising loss in Lubbock cost the Longhorns their place in the Associated Press' poll.

Texas now shifts its attention to Saturday's trip to Iowa State. The Cyclones (10-4, 6-1) are ranked 24th.

"We had to respond after taking a hard loss to Tech and I think we did that," Allen-Taylor said. "We practiced hard and we just focused on the next one and this is how we got the win."

Collier, the Big 12's second-leading scorer, led all scorers. Twelve of her 20 rebounds were offensive boards.

She had 10 rebounds in the first quarter alone, which quickly put her on a pace to challenge Retha Swindell's school record of 25, which was set in 1978 against Baylor. Collier had 19 rebounds by the end of the third quarter, but she managed only one more in the fourth.

Texas' last 20-20 game came in 2012, when Nneka Enemkpali had 24 points and 20 rebounds against Jackson State in an early-season game.

"Man, 20 rebounds, that's a full night's work right there," Schaefer said. 

This marks the second time this season that Collier has flirted with UT history. Her 44-point game against North Texas in November fell four points shy of tying Danielle Viglione's school record set in 1994.

Tip-ins: TCU was led by Michelle Berry's 14 points. ... Junior forward Audrey Warren left the game with an undisclosed injury. Schaefer did not offer an update on her status after the game. ... Sophomore guard Celeste Taylor added 14 points for Texas, which improved to 9-1 at home. This marked the third straight game that fans have not been permitted inside of the Erwin Center.