No. 6 UT Women’s Basketball falls to No. 3 Baylor, 87-93

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Brooke McCarty notches a career-high 32 points

texassports.com – Senior guard Brooke McCarty led the Longhorns with a career-high 32 points, but No. 6 Texas (22-5, 13-3 Big 12) fell to No. 3 Baylor (26-1, 16-0 Big 12), 93-87, on Monday night at the Frank Erwin Center.

Ariel Atkins – photo from texassports.com

McCarty was 12-of-18 from the field and clinched another career high 7-of-9 made three-point shots. Texas guards Ariel Atkins and Joyner Holmes contributed 15 and 10 points, respectively.

The Texas guards showed great levels of energy in the immediate stages of the game. McCarty and Atkins scored 11 of Texas’ first 19 points during the first quarter. Junior forward Jordan Hosey put up a lay-up to tie the game at the 6:13 mark; however, that was the Longhorns last successful shot during a scoreless three minutes. McCarty electrified the crowd after scoring a pair of threes to bring Baylor within range at the end of the first quarter, 23-19.

Texas’ defense surpassed Baylor’s offense in the second quarter, holding the Lady Bears to 9-of-23 field goals when they shot 50 percent from the field in the first quarter. However, Texas’ effort wasn’t strong enough to take the lead. Baylor’s Alexis Morris hit a buzzer-beater jumper, extending Baylor’s lead by eight at the half, 43-35.

Texas snatched the lead after an Atkins steal and lay-up, giving the Lady Bears their first trail of the game (51-50) with five minutes left in the third quarter. Baylor kept control of the boards on a 12-3 run to end the third quarter, 68-59 with senior guard Kristy Wallace scoring 14 of Baylor’s 25 points in the period.

Wallace’s instant layup at the beginning of the fourth quarter spurred a series of back-and-forth baskets between the teams, with Texas unable to pry through the margin. McCarty had four  three-pointers in the fourth quarter, with a buzzer-beater from outside of the arc.

The Lady Bears swept the 2017-18 season and claimed their eighth straight Big 12 title. The Lady Bears have won 17 of the last 18 games against Texas.

The Big Monday matchup was the Longhorns’ annual “Shoot for a Cure” game to support breast cancer awareness. 4,000 fans received pink Longhorns t-shirts and pink glow sticks, courtesy of St. David’s HealthCare. Cancer survivors in attendance had a chance to participate in the Survivor Rally Line before the game.

Texas will return to action to take on the Iowa State Cyclones on Saturday, Feb. 24 in Ames, Iowa. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m. CT and the game will be televised on FSN and broadcast on 105.3 FM in Austin or at texassports.com/audio.