Jody Conradt, who has won more games than any other coach in women's basketball, joined Bob Knight of Indiana as the only active college coaches with 700 victories when the Lady Longhorns beat Northwestern.

Conradt, with a record of 700-202, became the eighth coach - men's or women's - to reach the 700-victory milestone when Texas defeated the Wildcats 89-86 Thursday night."Relief was about the only emotion I could feel when that buzzer went off," she said.

"When this game was going on, I thought it was the ugliest game I'd ever seen in my life, but when it was all over, I thought it was just about the most beautiful."

Edwina Brown had 22 points and nine rebounds to lead the Texas victory.

Conradt joined company with the likes of North Carolina's Dean Smith and Kentucky's Adolph Rupp as well as Knight, who at 706 victories is the leading active coach.

The nearest women's head coach to Conradt is Pat Summitt of Tennessee at 636.

Texas (3-4) took a 26-17 lead on a 3-pointer by Vanessa Wallace with 9:03 left in the first half and led 42-31 at halftime. Wallace scored 20 points.

The Longhorns started the second half with an 8-2 run that made it 50-33 with 18:16 left, but Northwestern (4-7) used a 29-16 run over the next 10 minutes to make it 66-62.

The game remained close down the stretch. Northwestern had a chance to tie the game at the buzzer, but Leslie Schock's desperation 3-pointer missed.

Northwestern was led by Kristina Divjak with 28 points and Megan Chawansky with 23.

Conradt said she felt the pressure of winning her 700th.

"I can't tell you the kind of pressure that I felt," she said. "I think the players could sense that too, but I really admire the way they hung in there."

Conradt has coached at Texas for 22 years, compiling a 583-137 record in Austin. She won a national championship with an undefeated team in 1986.

Conradt was asked if she planned to stay around for more milestones. "I'll be here for 701," she cracked. "I can't commit much past that."

Once the game was over, each of her players gave Conradt a bear hug.

Meanwhile, the 6,260 fans, who included coach Van Chancellor of the WNBA champion Houston Comets and Greg Williams of the WNBA's Utah Starzz, received burnt-orange sugar cookies and commemorative Conradt Hershey bars to celebrate the win.