MANHATTAN, Kan. – Freshman Joyner Holmes led all scorers with 17 points and senior Brianna Taylor notched her first career double-double as No. 12/10 Texas Women’s Basketball (22-7, 15-3 Big 12 Conference) closed its regular season with a win at Kansas State (21-9, 11-7 Big 12 Conference) on Monday night, 69-61.
With the victory, Texas ties its school record for the most Big 12 wins in a season with 15, joining the ranks of the 2002-03 and 2015-16 squads.
The Longhorns lead the all-time series over the Wildcats, 19-14, and have claimed the past two season series sweeps.
Holmes padded her 17 points with seven boards and three assists. Taylor’s double-dip came behind a season-high tying 12 points and 11 rebounds.
As a team, Texas shot 38.9 percent (28-72) from the field and a season-high 85.7 percent (12-14) from the line while holding Kansas State to a 29.0 shooting percentage (18-62). The Longhorns outrebounded the Wildcats, 44-39.
Kansas State was led by senior Breanna Lewis with 12 points and nine rebounds.
The opening frame was one with little success offensively, with both teams combining for a mere 6-33 field goals from the field. Texas claimed the first six points of the night and held Kansas State scoreless until a layup at the 2:55 mark. Junior Brooke McCarty knocked down a triple, but KSU answered with three points of its own to end the first, 9-5 Texas.
An 8-0 Wildcat run handed them their first lead of the game, 17-16, headed into the media timeout of the second quarter. The Horns closed on an 11-2 spread of their own to regain the momentum and lead at the half, 27-19.
The Texas advantage grew to as many as 15 after a Taylor jumper at the 5:04 mark of the third stanza, but the Horns found themselves in early foul trouble. Kansas State closed on a 17-6 rally and made a perfect 8-8 from the line to cut the margin to four, 45-41 Longhorns.
It was a one-possession game (53-50 Texas) after a Wildcat layup with 5:26 remaining in regulation, but consecutive buckets from the Horns put them back on top by seven. Texas was able to hold onto this spread to win its regular season finale, 69-61.
Up next, the Horns will travel to Oklahoma City, Okla. to participate in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship. The tournament will take place March 3-6 inside the Chesapeake Energy Arena