No. 6 Texas Women’s Basketball tops No. 21 Oklahoma State, 77-62

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Four Texas players notched double-digits in scoring

texassports.com – No. 6 Texas Women’s Basketball (22-4, 13-2 Big 12) utilized their dominance within the paint to defeat No. 21 Oklahoma State (18-8, 9-6 Big 12), 77-62 on Saturday at the Gallagher-Iba Arena.

The team garnered 46 points in the paint and saw four players tally double figures in scoring.

Senior Brooke McCarty led Texas in points and assists with 17 and six, respectively. McCarty was 3-for-4 beyond the arc and 7-of-14 in field goals. Fellow senior guard Ariel Atkins followed with 15 points. Sophomore guard/forward Joyner Holmes scored 10 points and rebounded seven times. Junior forward Jatarie White had 12 points and 8 rebounds, leading the Longhorns to a 44-36 rebounding advantage over OSU.

The Longhorns recorded 19 assists to Oklahoma State’s eight while overcoming a deficit in steals of six to seven.

Texas opened the match with a three pointer from senior Ariel Atkins before going on an 8-0 run spanning 2:31, with the Longhorns leading 13-9 at the media timeout. The Cowgirls responded with a three-pointer from Mandy Coleman, the home team fighting back to bring the margin within three. With 1:21 left, OSU went on a 6-0 run to end the quarter trailing by just a single point.

After the break, Texas went on a 9-0 run of their own, points coming from McCarty, Holmes and junior Jordan Hosey. The quick momentum pushed the Longhorns into a 10-point lead, before OSU’s Loryn Goodwin broke the run with a lay-up. Texas went scoreless for 4:02, during which time the Cowgirls put up six points. Hosey pulled it back for the burnt orange, sinking two free throws. McCarty pushed the lead back to double-digits at 2:22, after sinking lay-ups within less than 30 seconds of each other. The Cowgirls put up a lay-up and two free-throws on the board before the teams headed into the locker room, Texas ahead by eight.

At halftime, Texas was 44 percent (17-for-39) in field goals and 100 percent (2-for-2) in free throws. The team managed to tally 28 first-half points in the paint as opposed to OSU’s 14.

In the opening of the second half, Texas propelled out of the gate, with McCarty and White both scoring lay-ups. The Longhorns kept the Cowgirls locked at 30 points for over three minutes of play in the third quarter until Goodwin hit a jumper. By then, Texas still had a 14-point advantage over the home team. A three-point shot from LaTashia Jones pushed OSU to 35 points before the timeout, with Texas sustaining the lead 48-35 and outrebounding OSU 27-25 through the quarter.

Texas stayed ahead of OSU’s shooting as the Longhorns were 7-for-16 in the paint in the third quarter as opposed to OSU’s 4-for-15. Texas held OSU to a three minute scoring drought, during which time the team put up three points. A jumper from Atkins closed the quarter, Texas ending in a 55-41 lead heading into the final period.

After what had been a competitive opening to the match, Texas continued to gather momentum as the final buzzer drew closer. OSU’s Goodwin challenged the Longhorns, scoring four points over 25 seconds, but Texas held firm in their lead, maintaining no less than 10 points over their opponent. A three-pointer from MCarty and a jumper from White pushed OSU to call time-out with six minutes remaining. The Longhorns continued to maintain control offensively in the fourth, as freshman Chasity Patterson pushed the lead to as many as 21 points at 2:12 remaining. OSU went on a mini 6-0 run in an effort to minimize the lead, but the game ended in a 77-62 finish.

Texas leads the overall series by a 34-15 count. The Longhorns have won eight in a row with OSU’s last win coming on Feb. 11, 2015 in Stillwater.

Oklahoma State was led in points by guard Loryn Goodwin with 21.

Next, Texas battles Baylor at home on Monday, Feb. 19th. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. and the match will be televised on the Longhorn Network and broadcast at 105.3 FM in Austin or at texassports.com/audio.