No. 11/13 Texas Women’s Hoops Upsets No. 2/2 Baylor in Waco, 85-79

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WACO, Texas – Junior Brooke McCarty totaled a season-high 22 points and freshman Joyner Holmes posted her sixth double-dip of the season as No. 11/13 Texas Women’s Basketball (19-4, 13-0 Big 12 Conference) broke No. 2/2 Baylor’s (23-2, 12-1 Big 12 Conference) 21-game winning streak and handed the Lady Bears their first inside the Ferrell Center in nearly three years on Monday night, 85-79.

With the win, Texas snaps its 14-game losing streak to Baylor. The game also marked the Horns’ first win over BU since March 7, 2010 and the first ever for Texas head coach Karen Aston.

The Longhorns now boast the second-best active win streak in the NCAA with 17 and hold a perfect 13-0 record in Big 12 Conference play for the first time in program history.

Texas leads the all-times series over Baylor, 58-35.

“This was a really good basketball game,” said Aston. “You saw tonight how good the Big 12 was. I’m really proud of our players. I thought they were tough tonight.”

McCarty’s 22-point night came from a 9-14 effort from the field and made her the 42nd member of the Texas 1,000-point club. She padded her stats with five rebounds and four assists.

Holmes’ double-double was the result of 18 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. She also added two assists, blocks, and steals on the night.

Junior Ariel Atkins notched 20 points with three rebounds, and sophomore Lashann Higgs rounded out the Longhorns in double-digits with a season-high 16 points.

As a team, Texas shot 51.6 percent (33-64) from the field while holding Baylor to a 43.9 shooting percentage (29-66). The Longhorns outrebounded the Lady Bears, 38-37, and swiped six steals to BU’s two.

Baylor was led by sophomore Kalani Brown with 24 points.

McCarty got things firing for Texas on all cylinders with 10 points in the first quarter. After a Baylor free throw got the Lady Bears within four, the junior fired off a triple from way downtown to beat the buzzer and give Texas the 23-16 lead.

Texas shot 73.3 percent (11-15) in the second quarter. Equal 12-point performances from Atkins, Holmes, and McCarty sent the Longhorns into the locker room with the 47-35 edge at the half.

The Horns took their largest lead of the game, a 16-point spread, after a McCarty jumper at the 7:50 mark of the third. Texas kept its edge in double-figures with strong paint play accounting for 12 of its 19 points to end the quarter, 67-54.

The Baylor offense wasn’t done yet, pushing out on a 25-5 charge to tie things at 76 with 1:28 remaining in regulation. Holmes captured the next four straight points, and senior Brianna Taylor took a charge that ignited the flame in Texas. Baylor knocked down a triple in the final seconds, but a Taylor layup with four seconds on the clock handed the Longhorns their first win over BU since 2010, 85-79.

Next on the schedule, Texas will return home to host Kansas on Saturday, Feb. 11. Tip inside the Erwin Center is set for 1:30 p.m. and the game will be carried live on Longhorn Network.