No. 12 Texas Women’s Basketball downs UTSA

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AUSTIN, Texas— Sophomore Brooke McCarty led all scorers with a career-high 22 points, including a 4-for-6 effort from downtown. Senior Imani Boyette recorded her 28th career double-double for the night with 11 points and 10 rebounds, splitting it evenly between offensive and defensive boards. A total of six Longhorns (McCarty, Boyette, Duncanville’s Empress Davenport, Celina Rodrigo, Lashann Higgs, and Kelsey Lang) scored in double digits for the Longhorns.

“I think the most pleasing thing about tonight was how good of a start we got in the game,” Texas head coach Karen Aston said. “I’m a big believer in trying to set a tone in a game and getting off to a great start. There was good chemistry, and we really shared the ball well. It was a team effort, and I am pleased with the energy level tonight.”

Texas shot 39.2 percent (29-of-74) from the floor and held UTSA to 27.4 percent (17-of-62) shooting. Texas also added nine three-pointers, tying their 2014-2015 season-high against Iowa State on January 10. The Longhorns outrebounded the Roadrunners in the contest, 57-35.

Boyette, Davenport, and McCarty got things rolling early for Texas, each contributing a three-pointer in the first two minutes of play to help give the Longhorns an 17-8 advantage heading into the first timeout. Texas would continue to dominate and hold a 26-14 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The Roadrunners started the second quarter on a 5-0 run to cut the Longhorn lead to seven at the 7:32 mark. From there, Texas would only allow two points, adding 18 of their own to make it 44-21 heading into the locker room.

After trading baskets to start off the third quarter, Texas added two jumpers and a three-pointer from Rodrigo to force a Roadrunner timeout. After a couple of low-scoring minutes, freshman Higgs went on a run that featured two layups, two free throws, a steal and an assist at the 1:25 mark.  A jumper from Rodrigo would close out the third with the score in favor of Texas, 70-33.

The Longhorns went to the charity stripe six times before the first media timeout of the fourth quarter, converting nine-of-12 attempts for an 83-39 lead. The Roadrunners would answer with some late scoring, but Texas closedout the game, 90-53.

Texas returns to action on Wednesday, Nov. 18 as it hosts Northwestern State at the Frank Erwin Center. Tip off is scheduled for 11 a.m. CT, and the game will be nationally televised by Longhorn Network.