FORT WORTH, Texas – Junior Ariel Atkins led all scorers with 17 points as No. 12/13 Texas Women’s Basketball (15-4, 9-0 Big 12 Conference) triumphed over TCU (10-10, 2-6 Big 12 Conference) inside the Schollmaier Arena on Wednesday night, 77-69.
Texas leads the all-times series over TCU, 40-2, and holds a 19-2 mark when the game is played in Fort Worth.
“Credit to TCU,” Texas head coach Karen Aston said. “They challenged our discipline in a different way then they did in Austin. With the foul trouble, anytime you get in early foul trouble, it can mess us your rhythm. We’ve been in a pretty good flow as far as when we sub, in our roles coming of the bench, and it changed a little bit in the first half and I thought it threw us out of our comfort zone.”
Atkins totaled 17 points behind a career-high tying three triples while also padding her stats with four rebounds and a game-high three steals. Freshman Joyner Holmes marked her third-straight double dip with 15 points and a game-high 14 boards.
Sophomore Lashann Higgs and junior Brooke McCarty both added 14 points on the evening to round out the Longhorns in the double figures. Senior Kelsey Lang registered eight points while bringing down a game-high five blocks.
As a team, Texas shot 47.1 percent (33-70) from the field and held TCU to a 33.3 shooting percentage (20-60). The Longhorns out-rebounded the Frogs, 41-36, and posted 17 assists to TCU’s 6.
The Frogs were led by freshman Amber Ramirez with 15 points.
The Horns trailed the Frogs by one at the 4:46 mark of the opening stanza until an 8-0 spurt in a matter of 41 seconds gave Texas the 18-11 lead. It was an even spread from there, and a McCarty layup capped the quarter, 24-18 Longhorns.
Four TCU triples paced the Frogs to a 16-13 scoring advantage over the Horns in the second quarter. Holmes led the way for Texas with eight points to close the half with the 37-34 margin.
It was a close third with Texas holding the narrow 50-49 edge with 1:47 left in the quarter. A 6-2 push ended by a Higgs jumper ended the stanza, 56-51 Texas.
Atkins proved to be the difference maker as she fired off seven-straight points to put the Longhorns up 67-60 headed into the final media timeout. TCU got to within four, but Texas was able to hold the Frogs advance off to claim the 77-69 win.
Next on the slate, Texas will return home to play host to No. 22/22 West Virginia on Sunday, Jan. 29 as part of Exes Weekend. Tip inside the Erwin Center is set for 3 p.m. CT and the game will be televised nationally by FS1.