No. 6 UT Women’s Basketball Picks Up First Win in Fort Worth Since 2013, 65-58

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Head Coach Karen Aston collected her 75th win at Texas.

FORT WORTH, Texas— Senior Imani Boyette recorded her 10th double-double of the season with 17 points and 10 rebounds, and junior Ariel Atkins had a season-high 13 points to lead the No. 6/6 Longhorns over TCU, 65-58, inside the Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena on Wednesday evening.

With the win, Texas (17-1, 6-1 Big 12 Conference) captured its first victory in Fort Worth since the 2013 season. Despite only leading the game for 5:38 minutes, Texas recorded a team season-high 14 steals in the contest. The Longhorns lead the all-time series against the Horned Frogs, 37-2. This win marked head coach Karen Aston‘s 75th win at Texas.

“I’m really pleased,” said Aston. “We played tentative in the first half, maybe a hangover from the loss to Baylor, but I thought we showed some guts and obviously a lot more focus in the second half. They really stayed focused, and our defense was much better in the second half.”

Along with her double-double, Boyette swiped a career-high four steals and added six blocks on the night. Senior Celina Rodrigo registered six points while adding a season-high eight assists. She also had four steals on the night, her Big 12 career best. Sophomore Brooke McCarty added 11 points and three assists, while junior Brianna Taylor tallied nine points, five rebounds, and tied a season-high three assists.

As a team, Texas shot 42.1 percent (24-for-57) from the field while holding TCU to a 37.1 shooting percentage (23-for-62). The Longhorns outblocked the Horned Frogs, 9-4.

TCU (11-7, 3-4 Big 12 Conference) was led by senior Zahna Medley and redshirt sophomore AJ Alix, who both tallied 12 points.

It would be a choppy start on both sides to start the game, with the score tied at seven after Atkins knocked one down from the line at the 1:52 mark. The Horned Frogs would respond with the first triple of the game and a jumper to gain a five-point advantage, but junior Kelsey Lang would counter with a layup in the last minute, holding TCU to a 14-11 lead at the end of the first.

After trading layups to start the second quarter, TCU would jump out on an 8-2 run to lead by 11 with 6:14 left in the half. The Horns would respond with layups from Lang, Boyette, and senior Empress Davenportto cut the deficit to five (24-19 TCU), forcing a Horned Frog timeout at the 4:29 mark. TCU would battle back to take an 11-point margin once again, but Texas would close on a 9-3 spurt to trail by five (33-28 TCU) heading into the half.

The Horns would continue to rally back in the third, and McCarty would drain the first Texas triple of the game at the 8:50 mark to make it 37-33 Horned Frogs. From there, the Longhorns would chip away at the lead, ending the quarter on a 6-0 run to trail by one (43-42 TCU).

Texas came out strong in the fourth, tying the game three times before picking up its first lead since the first quarter after a Taylor free throw (53-52) with 5:08 left in regulation. The Horns would continue to pull ahead, taking their largest lead at seven points (64-57) with only 20 seconds remaining. The teams would trade free throws to conclude the game, handing Texas the win, 65-58.

The Longhorns will return to action this Saturday as they host the Oklahoma Sooners at home. Tip inside the Frank Erwin Center is set for 11 a.m. CT, and the game, presented by St. David’s Healthcare, will be televised on Fox Sports Net.