AUSTIN, Texas – Senior Kelsey Lang had a record evening, posting her second career double-double, as No. 14/15 Texas Women’s Basketball (2-3) fell to No. 3/3 South Carolina (6-0) inside the Erwin Center on Thursday night, 76-67.
Texas leads the all-times series over South Carolina, 2-1.
“I was really, really proud of our team and how they attacked the game plan,” said Texas head coach Karen Aston. “Then you look at the stat sheet, and we did some things that we set out to do. We just didn’t manage the foul game at all. I’m really encouraged by Kelsey because that’s what we need from Kelsey Lang. She stepped up to the plate tonight, and if she continues to work like she has in practice and perform like she did tonight then I’m very encouraged about our future.”
Lang’s double-double came behind a season-high 15 points, including a 7-10 shooting effort from the floor, and 12 rebounds. The senior also registered a career-high six blocks.
As a team, Texas shot 41.2 percent (28-68) from the floor while South Carolina notched a 42.3 shooting percentage (22-52). The Longhorns out-rebounded the Gamecocks, 40-37, and posted nine blocks to South Carolina’s six.
South Carolina’s junior A’ja Wilson paved the way for the Gamecocks with 31 points and 12 rebounds.
Texas maintained a slim advantage until the 1:23 mark of the first when a Gamecock layup squared things at 14. After junior Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau blocked one in the paint, sophomore Lashann Higgs managed to fire off a jumper to beat the clock, ending the first, 16-14 Longhorns.
South Carolina was able to capitalize off Texas foul trouble in the second stanza, converting nine points from the charity stripe. After tying things at the 8:34 mark, the Gamecocks pushed ahead to lead by as many as six points, but a junior Brooke McCarty three-pointer made it a one-possession game at the half in the Gamecocks favor, 33-30.
Texas continued to stay on pace with South Carolina in the third, and back-to-back baskets from Higgs tied it at 47 and got the crowd on its feet. Texas took the lead back at the 3:47 mark courtesy of a freshman Joyner Holmes layup, but the Gamecocks close on an 11-3 stretch to head into the final quarter with the 55-49 advantage.
A basket from Lang at the 7:33 mark of the fourth made it a one-possession game (60-57 South Carolina) headed into the final stretch, but the Gamecocks never let the Longhorns closer than that. South Carolina outscored Texas, 21-18, in the closing quarter to seal the game, 76-67.
Up next on the slate, Texas will continue its challenging non-conference schedule as it travels to Uncasville, Conn. to take on the No. 2/2 UConn Huskies. Tip inside the Mohegan Sun Arena is set for 3 p.m. CT, and the game will be broadcasted on ESPN.