SAN MARCOS, Texas – Charli Collier was dominant again for No. 6 seed Texas, and had an emphatic response on the court to some derisive chants from the stands.
Collier had 23 points and 15 rebounds for the Longhorns in an 81-62 win over Bradley in the first round of the women's NCAA Tournament on Monday night. And when some chants of “overrated!” were directed in the fourth quarter at the 6-foot-5 junior projected to be the No. 1 overall pick in next month’s WNBA draft, she sank two free throws and immediately blocked a shot.
“As far as chants and stuff go, I really don’t care about it. I don’t pay attention to it,” Collier said. “I just want to work hard and do what I can for my team to get the win. And everything else is just extra.”
Coach Vic Schaefer was upset by what he heard during the Hemisfair Region game, and said there were similar chants during the Big 12 Tournament.
“Let me just say this, that chanting, that’s a crock of you know what. ... That’s about as classless as any adult could be,” Schaefer said. "These kids are young kids, man. They’re not asking for that. They’re good. That’s your answer to somebody being good. She ain’t just good, she’s great."
Collier swished a 3-pointer from the top of the key to end the first quarter, capping a 13-0 run that put the Longhorns (19-9) ahead to stay after the Braves took their only lead in their first-ever NCAA tourney game.
It was the 18th double-double this season for Collier, who has already declared herself available for next month's WNBA draft. Audrey Warren added 19 points, Joanne Allen-Taylor had 12 and Ashley Chevalier 10.
Lasha Petree scored a season-high 33 points and Gabi Haack had 16 points and eight rebounds for the mid-major Braves (17-12), who like Texas finished fifth in their conference during the regular season.