No. 6 UT Women’s Basketball Wins Last Regular-Season Road Game Over Iowa State, 72-59

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texassports.com — The No. 6 Texas Women’s Basketball team (23-5, 14-3 Big-12) earned its 23rd win of the season, handing the Iowa State Cyclones (12-16, 6-11 Big-12) a 72-59 loss on Senior Night at Hilton Coliseum.

The Longhorns shot 42.4 percent (28-66) for the game and made eight three-pointers. The team tallied 44 rebounds and 19 assists.

Senior guard Brooke McCarty notched her second career double-double, recording 13 points and a career-high 11 rebounds. It marked her first career double-figure rebounding performance Senior Ariel Atkins led the way in scoring for the Longhorns, scoring 20 points overall with 14 in the second half alone. The guard was 4-for-4 from the free-throw line and tallied four rebounds. Junior Lashann Higgs also had 14 points, five assists, and four rebounds.

Higgs opened the game with a lay-up, before Iowa State went on a 7-0 run to take their one and only lead of the game, lasting less than 22 seconds. Texas answered with its own 8-0 run, featuring two three-pointers from McCarty. The Longhorns’ largest first quarter lead of seven points came after a pair of free throws from junior Jordan Hosey. The quarter closed out 21-17, with Texas shooting 50 percent and Iowa State shooting 53 percent in field goals, respectively. McCarty alone picked up six points and five rebounds in the period.

Texas opened the second quarter on a 10-0 run before ISU’s Bridget Carleton stepped in with a jumper and teammate Kristin Scott sunk a three-pointer, bringing the score to 31-19. Texas led by as many as 14 points with 5:42 to go. Iowa State trailed by 12 points heading into the locker room, scoring no field goals for the last three minutes of the half. Eight Texas players scored in the first half, with McCarty tallying 10 points, Higgs with nine, and sophomore Sug Sutton with six.

After the break, Texas pushed its lead, scoring 11 more points and energizing their play with five rebounds in the third quarter. However, Iowa State outscored the Longhorns with 16 points, going on a 8-0 run over 1:37, rendering Texas to a scoring drought over 3:01 late in the third frame.

The Texas defense held firm in the last period, forcing Iowa State to only 14 points. A big-time three pointer came from Higgs at the 6:16 mark. Texas called time-out at 4:30, after which, Texas and ISU traded baskets. McCarty and Atkins hooked three pointers, extending their lead to 13 points. Atkins scored a pair of free throws, ending the game 72-59, Texas.

Next, the team will return home for their last in-season game to take on the Oklahoma Sooners on Tuesday, February 27 at 6 p.m. CT. The matchup will be televised on FS1 and aired on 105.3 FM in Austin and online at texassports.com. It will be the final regular-season home game for seniors Ariel AtkinsAudrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau and Brooke McCarty, all of whom will be honored prior to the game.