No. 6 UT Women’s Basketball Claims Victory in 100th Meeting with Texas Tech, 87-72

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texassports.com – In the 100th meeting in the history of the two programs, No. 6 Texas Women’s Basketball (21-4, 12-2 Big 12) defeated Texas Tech (7-18, 1-13 Big 12), 87-72, as Brooke McCarty moved into the program’s all-time top-20 for career scoring at the Frank Erwin Center on Wednesday evening.

Ariel Atkins – photo from texassports.com

Totaling 13 points, McCarty (1,472) surpassed Nell Fortner (1,466 points, 1977-1981) on the all-time career-scoring list. McCarty shot 5-for-13 on field goals and recorded one three-pointer while adding four steals.

The game marked sophomore guard/forward Joyner Holmes‘ first start of the season, her season-high 13 points tying with McCarty’s for the game-high in points. Adding nine rebounds, Holmes tied senior guard Ariel Atkins for the team-lead in boards. Atkins recorded 10 points, shooting 5-for-8 from the field.

Sophomore guard Sug Sutton and senior forward Jatarie White also finished with double-digit points. Sutton and White both shot 5-for-7 on field goals, with Sutton adding two three-pointers on three attempts while leading Texas with four assists.

Texas were 30-for-61 shooting field goals, 6-for-14 in three-point shots, and 6-for-13 from the free-throw line. All 12 Texas players who saw action in the game recorded double-digits in minutes played for the first time this season.

Texas were unable to sustain an early lead over the Lady Raiders after eight points from Jatarie White had put Texas ahead 10-7 after five minutes of play. Texas Tech came back to tie twice, taking a 15-14 lead from the free-throw line before holding on for a 19-16 lead at the end of the quarter.

The teams traded baskets opening the second quarter, but with the Longhorns’ offense gathering pace behind McCarty and Holmes. Before the media timeout with 03:42 remaining before halftime, McCarty notched seven points and Holmes grabbed two rebounds for the quarter, pushing Texas back ahead, 34-30.

Texas didn’t look back after retaking the lead and led the Lady Raiders by seven points at the half, 46-39. The form continued after the break, with a layup from Atkins getting Texas on the scoreboard for the half, starting an 8-5 run to put the Longhorns ahead by 10 points and draw a Texas Tech timeout after two minutes.

McCarty put the Longhorns further ahead with 2:59 remaining in the third, 63-47, with a layup that moved her to 20th on Texas’ all-time scoring list. Texas pressed their advantage to widen the gap to 19 as Sutton finished the third quarter with a three-pointer at the buzzer, holding a steady pace through the fourth to close the match out, 87-72.

Next up, Texas will face No. 21 Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Okla. on Saturday, Feb. 17th. The matchup will be televised on FOX Sports Oklahoma, with tip-off set at 2 p.m CT. The game will also be broadcast on 105.3 FM in Austin or at texassports.com/audio.

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