No. 6 UT Women’s Basketball Picks Up 1,000th Program Win and Defeats Kansas, 70-46

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Texas has become one of five programs in women’s basketball history to accomplish the feat.

AUSTIN, Texas – Senior Imani Boyette led all scorers with 16 points and 10 rebounds to pick up her 12th double-double of the season and lead No. 6/6 Texas over Kansas, 70-46, inside the Frank Erwin Center on Wednesday evening.

With the win, Texas (19-1, 8-1 Big 12 Conference) became the fifth program in NCAA Division I women’s basketball history to notch 1,000 wins. The Longhorns join the elite list alongside Tennessee, Louisiana Tech, James Madison, and Old Dominion.

1000wins“This was a really fun night, a night that I think we had all been looking forward to,” said Texas head coach Karen Aston. “The game I thought we played in spurts with some really good basketball. In particular, I thought in the second quarter we really separated ourselves and were able to hang on. The best part about tonight was that everyone got to be a part of it. All the players had a chance to get on the floor, and it will be a memory they will have forever. So I’m pleased with the outcome.”

Boyette also recorded four blocks on the night and shot a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe. The senior has scored a double-double in eight of nine Big 12 games this season. Sophomore Brooke McCarty tallied 13 points on the night, including three from beyond the arc. McCarty has drained a triple in 15-of-20 games this year. Senior Empress Davenport had a team-high five assists, while sophomoreAriel Atkins had a career night with a Big 12 career-high four assists and season-high five rebounds.

As a team, the Horns shot 43.1 percent (25-for-58) from the field and 40.0 percent (6-for-15) from downtown. Texas controlled the battle of the boards, 41-25, and outblocked Kansas, 6-3.

Kansas (5-15, 0-9 Big 12 Conference) was led by sophomore Lauren Aldridge with 15 points.

Three triples from McCarty would ignite Texas on an early 12-4 run at the 4:44 mark. The Horns would hold the Jayhawks scoreless for the last 3:26 minutes, and back-to-back plays from Boyette gave Texas the 20-9 advantage at the end of the first quarter.

Kansas fired off two three-pointers to cut the deficit to five with 7:57 remaining in the half. The Horns wouldn’t allow a basket from there, and four Texas players (Atkins, Boyette, junior Kelsey Lang, and junior Brianna Taylor) would convert the next 19 points of the game, giving Texas the 39-15 lead at halftime.

Texas opened the second half with layups from Boyette and senior Celina Rodrigo, but the Jayhawks would find their footing from beyond the arc to put some points on the board to trail by 19 (45-26 Texas) at the media timeout. It would be an even matchup from there, with both teams tallying 17 points in the third quarter to put Texas up, 56-32.

The teams were even again in the fourth, each with 19 points this time. Senior Brady Saunders would add the lone triple of the fourth at the 6:33 mark, and two layups from sophomore Tasia Foman and freshman Lashann Higgs would seal the deal for Texas, 70-46.

Texas will return to action Saturday as they take on K-State in Manhattan, Kan. Tip is slated for 7 p.m. CT, and the game will be carried live on ESPN3.