No. 14/14 UT Women’s Basketball cruises past Northwestern State, 86-39

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Texas posted its highest field goal percentage since Feb. 5, 2014 against Texas Tech

AUSTIN, Texas – Six Longhorns posted in double figures as No. 14/14 Texas Women’s Basketball (2-2) downed Northwestern State (3-1) inside the Drum on Thanksgiving Eve, 86-39.

With the win, the Longhorns boast a perfect 5-0 record over the Lady Demons all-time. Texas holds a 47-9 (.839) record against members in the current alignment of the Southland Conference.

“I thought we played well,” said Texas head coach Karen Aston. “I thought we worked on some areas that we were deficient in against Mississippi State. We got a chance to play everybody and play a lot of young guys some minutes where we can have some teaching moments with them and continue to work on them.”

Sophomore Lashann Higgs led the way for the Horns with 14 points, five rebounds, and five assists. Freshman Joyner Holmes and senior Kelsey Lang both notched 12 points while junior Ariel Atkins posted 11 points and a team-high four steals.

Junior Brooke McCarty and freshman Jada Underwood rounded out the double-digits with 10 points and two treys apiece.

As a team, Texas shot 57.1 percent from the floor (36-of-63) while holding Northwestern State to a 28.3 shooting percentage (13-of-46). The Longhorns gobbled up the stats across the board, outrebounding the Lady Demons 39-20 and swiping nine steals to Northwestern State’s three.

NSU was led by senior Beatrice Attura with 15 points and five boards on the night.

Texas shot into action with an Atkins jumper and Taylor triple and headed into the media timeout with the 11-6 lead. From there, the Horns went on an 11-3 rally to end the first, 21-9.

After pushing out on an unanswered 22-point run, the Horns held the Lady Demons to only five points in the second stanza. A total of 10 Texas layups were complimented by three-pointers from McCarty and Underwood to send the Longhorns into the locker room with the 47-14 advantage.

A 24-10 margin lengthened the Texas lead in the third quarter. The Longhorns utilized their strength in the paint, handing Higgs back-to-back layups in the heart of the stanza and closing the quarter, 71-24.

All 15 points in the closing quarter came off the Texas bench, including a triple from Underwood and a block from sophomore Olamide Aborowa. The Lady Demons answered with an equal 15 points, but Texas clenched the game, 86-39.

Next, Texas will host No. 3/3 South Carolina in the SEC-Big 12 Challenge on Thursday, Dec. 1 inside the Erwin Center. Tip is slated for 6 p.m. and the game will be televised on ESPN2.

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