No. 2 Longhorn Women’s Basketball Hits 100-point Mark, Defeats McNeese State 100-34

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texassports.com – Senior Ariel Atkins became the 43rd player in school history to score 1,000 career points as No. 2 Texas Women’s Basketball (2-0) defeated McNeese State (1-1), 100-34 on Wednesday morning at the Frank Erwin Center.

Ariel Atkins (23). Photo from texassports.com

“I thought we came out and played really hard,” said Texas associate head coach Tina Thompson. “We played at a high level and, not looking at the score or the time left on the clock, everyone came in and did their job for the most part and that’s important.”

Atkins scored a game-high 23 points, to go along with seven rebounds, four steals and two assists in 19 minutes of play. She was a perfect 3-for-3 beyond the arc and 4-of-4 from the free-throw line.

Senior Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau and sophomore Jada Underwood both recorded 11 points, with the pair adding six and four rebounds, respectively.

Senior guard Brooke McCarty added nine points, while leading Texas with six assists and contributing three steals.

As a team, Texas shot 49.4 percent from the floor (38-of-77) while holding McNeese State to a 19.6 shooting percentage (11-of-56).

The Longhorns out-rebounded the Cowboys 50-30, recording 14 steals to McNeese State’s three.

After tip-off, Texas was on the board before a minute had elapsed, with Ariel Atkins sinking a three-point shot. The Longhorns had no problem building a 15-2 lead before McNeese State called the first timeout of the match with 6:30 remaining in the first quarter. McCarty notched four assists, and Texas rolled to a 30-6 finish for the quarter, shooting 5-6 in three pointers.

Atkins’ perfect shooting for 10 first quarter points highlighted Texas’ early advantage, and the Longhorn’s rotation came into play heading through the second. Underwood, junior Jordan Hosey, and freshmen Rellah Boothe, Chasity Patterson, and Destiny Littleton all got onto the court as Texas dominated possession, out-rebounding the Cowgirls 17-6 in the quarter while recording seven turnovers and three blocks on the way to a 58-14 halftime score.

Becoming the 43rd player in Texas women’s basketball history to do so, Atkins reached the 1,000-point career mark with her first basket of the second half. Texas excelled on the quick momentum and reached a 50-point lead with Audrey-Ann Caron Goudreau from the line after three minutes of play in the second half. McNeese State continued to press offensively, but the Longhorns continued stretching the lead. Before an 82-28 finish for the third quarter, Higgs had given Texas a 60-point lead from the line at 80-20.

The final quarter began with a Jada Underwood layup in the first minute, before a layup from Aborowa pulled the Longhorns back to a 60-point advantage at 90-30. With Texas maintaining the lead heading towards the final buzzer, a layup from Boothe pushed the Longhorns to 100-points with eight seconds to go, for a final score of 100-34.

The last time the team scored 100 or more points was against Sam Houston State on December 15, 2013.

Next, Texas will host UTSA on Friday, Nov. 17 inside the Erwin Center. Tip is slated for 7 p.m. and the game will be televised on Longhorn Network.