texassports.com – Junior Ariel Atkins led all scorers with a career-high 25 points as No. 16/16 Texas Women’s Basketball (8-4, 2-0 Big 12 Conference) defeated Iowa State (9-4, 0-2 Big 12 Conference) inside Hilton Coliseum on Sunday afternoon, 75-68.
This marks the first time in program history the Longhorns have won in Ames back-to-back. Iowa State leads the all-time series over Texas, 17-14, but the Longhorns have captured the last three contests.
“Iowa State plays a style that is difficult to guard, and it tested our discipline,” said Texas head coach Karen Aston. “Any win is a big win in the Big 12, but a road win is huge.”
Atkins’ 25 points came behind a 10-17 shooting effort from the field and a 3-5 mark from downtown. She also posted two boards and one assist for the game.
Senior Kelsey Lang picked up her sixth double-double of the season with 11 points and a game-high 12 rebounds and five blocks. Junior Brooke McCarty rounded out the double-digits scorers for the Horns with 13 points and tied her season-high with six assists.
As a team, Texas shot 47.5 percent (29-61) from the field while holding Iowa State to a 41.0 shooting percentage (25-61). The Longhorns outblocked the Cyclones, 7-1.
Iowa State was led by junior Jadda Buckley with 19 points.
Two treys from Atkins coupled with an early five points off the bench for Sutton paced Texas to the 12-10 lead headed into the first timeout. The game tied two more times in the opening stanza, but Iowa State knocked down a three-pointer with two seconds on the clock to end the first, 21-20 Cyclones.
The Horns continued to trail until the 6:10 mark of the second quarter when an Atkins jumper in the heart of an 8-0 burst gave Texas the 26-25 edge. After a Cyclone free throw evened things at 30, the Longhorns closed on an 11-0 stretch capped with a McCarty three to head into the half with the 41-30 lead.
An 11-0 Iowa State rout in the heart of the third got the Cyclones within four of Texas, but back-to-back layups from the Horns pushed the lead back to eight (47-39) with 3:52 remaining in the quarter. Iowa State continued to drive forward, outscoring Texas 16-8 in the third, to narrow the margin to 49-46 Longhorns headed into the closer.
Iowa State battled back to take its first lead since the second quarter with 4:10 remaining in the game, 58-57. Texas used an unanswered 9-0 run to go ahead by as many as eight, but Iowa State found its strength from the line and downtown to trail 71-68 with 23 seconds on the clock. Four from the line courtesy of Atkins and sophomore Lashann Higgs sealed the deal for Texas, 75-68.
Next, Texas will travel to Lawrence, Kan. to take on the Kansas Jayhawks inside historic Allen Fieldhouse on Wednesday, Jan. 4. Tip is slated for 7 p.m. CT, and the game will be televised on ESPN3.