No. 12/14 Texas Women’s Basketball captures series sweep over Texas Tech, 77-57

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The Longhorns handed the Lady Raiders their first home loss of the season.

LUBBOCK, Texas – Freshman Joyner Holmes notched her second-straight double-double as No. 12/14 Texas Women’s Basketball (14-4, 8-0 Big 12 Conference) handed Texas Tech (11-7, 3-4 Big 12 Conference) its first home loss of the season inside the United Supermarkets Arena on Saturday night, 77-57.

With the win, Texas head coach Karen Aston picked up her 103rd win for the Longhorns, moving her past Gail Goestenkors into second place on the all-time wins list on the Forty Acres.

Texas leads the all-times series over Texas Tech, 69-29, and has won the last eight contests.

“We were very focused,” said Aston. “I’m just happy to be getting a win Lubbock. Texas Tech hasn’t lost a game here this year. For us to come in and handle our business the way we did makes me really proud of our kids.”

Holmes picked up her fourth double-double of the season with 13 points and a career-high 15 boards. Junior Brooke McCarty led the Horns with 14 points along with two rebounds and assists, and junior Ariel Atkins totaled 13 points with four boards and three assists.

As a team, Texas shot 42.7 percent (32-75) from the field while holding Texas Tech to a 35.0 shooting percentage (21-60). The Horns outrebounded the Lady Raiders, 50-38, and tied their season-low with nine turnovers on the night.

Texas Tech was led by junior Jada Terry with 15 points.

McCarty broke the seal in the opening stanza with a triple, and Texas wasted no time plowing to a 17-8 lead at the media timeout. It was an even quarter from there with two Holmes jumpers closing the stanza for the Longhorns, 23-15.

A 9-2 Texas rally forced a Lady Raider timeout at the 6:47 mark of the second quarter. Texas Tech knocked down the first four points coming out of the break, but the Horns started seeing double as the Caron-Goudreau twins captured the last seven points for Texas to head into halftime with the 42-26 advantage.

The Horns extended their margin to as many as 24 (52-28) in the third after a 10-0 run capped by a jumper from senior Brianna Taylor with 6:49 remaining in the quarter. The Lady Raiders used three consecutive triples to chip away at the lead, but McCarty delivered a buzzer-beater triple of her own to end the third, 64-44 Texas.

It was an even 13-13 spread in the closer, but the Longhorns emerged with the 77-57 win.

Up next, Texas will remain on the road as they travel to Fort Worth, Texas to play TCU on Wednesday, Jan. 25. Tip inside the Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena is set for 8 p.m. CT and the game will be broadcasted on Fox Sports Southwest.