No. 6 UT Women’s Basketball Routs Kansas State, 76-54

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Longhorns reach fifth consecutive 20-win season behind McCarty’s 17 points

texassports.com – Senior guard Brooke McCarty led the Longhorns with a team-high 17 points as No. 6 Texas Women’s Basketball (20-4, 11-2 Big 12) defeated Kansas State (13-12, 5-9 Big 12), 76-54, at the Frank Erwin Center Saturday night.

McCarty was 6-of-12 from the field and filled the stat sheet with four rebounds, two assists and two steals.

With the win, the Longhorns have now reached the 20-win plateau for the 35th time in the program’s 44 seasons and for the fifth consecutive year. Texas also broke their season record for steals in a game (16) during the win.

Sophomore forward Joyner Holmes and junior forward Jordan Hosey also finished in double figures, scoring 11 and 10, respectively. The Holmes-Hosey duo combined for 15 rebounds and accounted for 21 of Texas’ 28 bench points.

The Texas bigs were active in the early stages of game. Jatarie White and Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau registered eight of Texas’ first 14 points. Kansas State connected on a three-pointer to give them a brief 19-17 lead at the 1:08 mark of the first quarter. However, Sug Sutton answered with a contested three-point shot to beat the buzzer, giving the Longhorns a two-point lead (23-21) after the first period of play.

Texas’ defense locked down in the second quarter, holding the Wildcats to an abysmal 15 percent (2-13) field goal percentage after Kansas State shot 78 percent from the field in the first quarter. Once again, Sutton was clutch in the waning moments of the second quarter, sinking a pull-up jumper with only a second left to extend the Texas lead to nine points (39-30) at halftime.

The Longhorns rattled off a quick 7-0 run early in the third quarter, forcing a Kansas State timeout at the 6:11 mark as the Texas lead grew to 13 (50-37). McCarty also found her offensive rhythm, engineering her own 8-0 run over the span of just 1:02 and scoring 13 of her 17 points in the third quarter.

Texas’ offense cooled off in the final period but the Longhorns would maintain at least a 20-point advantage for the rest of the game en route to the 76-54 victory.

The Longhorns’ stingy defense and active hands led to numerous Wildcat turnovers and fast-break opportunities. In total, Kansas State committed 25 turnovers, which Texas converted into 25 points.

Next, Texas will play Texas Tech on Wednesday, Feb. 14, at the Frank Erwin Center. Tip-off will be at 7 p.m. and the game will be televised on the Longhorn Network and broadcast on 105.3 FM in Austin or at texassports.com/audio. It marks the 100th all-time meeting between the two teams.