No. 6 Texas Women’s Basketball rallies to win at Little Rock, 66-56

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Sophomore guard Brooke McCarty scores a career-high 23 points.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Sophomore guard Brooke McCarty scored a career-high 23 points Sunday, including 16 in the fourth quarter, and No. 6/6 Texas rallied from a 13-point deficit after three-quarters to defeat upset-minded Little Rock, 66-56, on Sunday at the Jack Stephens Center.

The Longhorns (7-0), who trailed 48-35 after three-quarters, outscored the Trojans (2-4) 31-8 in the final period to earn the victory. Texas shot 66.7 percent (10-of-15) from the field in the final period and went 9-of-12 from the free-throw line in the fourth.

McCarty was a perfect 4-for-4 from the field in the fourth quarter, including 2-for-2 from beyond the arc, and 6-of-6 from the free-throw line in the fourth. McCarty finished the game 8-for-8 from the free-throw line. Junior center Kelsey Lang tied a season high with 12 points to go with six rebounds, while senior center Imani Boyette had 10 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Senior guard Empress Davenport totaled eight points and four rebounds and junior guard Brianna Taylor scored seven points and brought down six rebounds.

Six Texas players finished with six or more points in the game, including three in double figures. The Longhorns shot 48.1 percent (25-of-52) from the field, while the Trojans shot 46.3 percent (25-of-54). The Texas bench proved to be a difference-maker, totaling more than half of the team’s points and outscoring the Little Rock reserves 35-14.

“Little Rock disrupted us for a long time, but we were able to get a couple of stops and a few points in the fourth quarter and settled in,” Texas head coach Karen Aston said. “We didn’t match up with them very well and we weren’t very connected defensively. We dug ourselves a hole, but we got a couple of stops and it got our energy going. We’ll grow from this.”

Little Rock was led by 21 points from Sharde Collins, while the season’s leading scorer Shanity James finished with 12 points, eight boards and four assists.

Little Rock took an early 8-5 advantage at the 6:16 mark of the opening quarter thanks to four points from James during that span. With Texas trailing 12-9, the Longhorns went on an 8-0 run that included a three-point play by Taylor and a three-pointer by McCarty that put Texas in front 17-12 with 3:15 left in the first quarter. The Longhorns led 21-16 before a 4-0 run the Trojans cut the Texas lead to one, 21-20, at the end of the opening period.

Little Rock started the second quarter on a 6-2 run that put it in front 26-21 at the 8:30 mark. With Texas leading 23-22, Little Rock went on an 8-2 run, including six points from Collins, to move in front 30-25 with 5:38 left in the first half. Back-to-back baskets by Lang brought the Longhorns within one, 30-29, at the 3:30 mark of the second quarter. The Trojans then used a 7-2 run to extend their advantage out to six, 37-31, with 1:23 until halftime. McCarty hit a layup and connected on a pair of free throws to close the half. Texas trailed at intermission for the first time this season, as Little Rock led 37-35.

Little Rock outscored Texas 11 -0 in the third quarter to take a 48-35 advantage into the final period of play.

Trailing by 13 points entering the fourth quarter, Texas scored 15 in a row to go in front 50-48, on a jumper by Boyette at the 4:48 mark of the period. The Longhorns held Little Rock scoreless for a period of nearly 10 minutes spanning the end of the third quarter and the majority of the fourth quarter.

Following a jumper by James that ended Texas’ scoring spree, the Longhorns then rattled off 10 consecutive points to take a 60-50 advantage with 1:15 left and put the game out of reach.

Texas breaks for final examinations before returning to action on Sunday, December 13 when the Longhorns play host to No. 16/15 Stanford. Tip-off in the Frank Erwin Center is slated for 12 p.m. CT and the game will be televised nationally on ESPN.