Jones debuts at 21 as No. 3 Texas stops Louisiana 68-45

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Taylor Jones had 21 points and five blocks on her debut for Texas, and the No. 3 Longhorns defeated Louisiana 68-45 on Friday night.

The Longhorns opened their season without their star player, point guard Rori Harmon, who wore a protective boot on her right foot. Coach Vic Schaefer said Harmon has a toe injury. He listed their status as day by day.

“It’s nothing important, Major,” Schaefer said. “She is checked daily.”

Harmon, a sophomore, led Texas to the Big 12 tournament championship last season.

Jones, a 6-foot-4 junior transfer from Oregon State, made 6 of 9 shots from the field 9 of 14 free throws while playing 22 minutes.

“We didn’t have an answer for them,” said Louisiana coach Garry Brodhead.

Texas had a huge inside scale advantage.

“We were a lot bigger than them,” Jones said. “They didn’t have an in-depth answer for either of us.”

Shay Holle had 10 points and five steals for Texas, and Ndjakalenga Mwenentanda had 10 points and had six rebounds.