No. 6/5 UT Women’s Basketball drops second game of season at OU, 74-56

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NORMAN, Okla.— Sophomore Brooke McCarty scored 19 points to lead No. 6/5 Texas in the 74-56 loss to No. 21/21 Oklahoma inside the Lloyd Noble Center on Sunday afternoon.

With the loss, Texas (22-2, 11-2 Big 12 Conference) moves to 5-2 this season when playing top-25 ranked opponents. The Longhorns lead the all-time series against the Sooners, 28-24.

“We just didn’t look like we had the competitive spirit,” said Texas head coach Karen Aston. “I thought we fought hard, but we weren’t nearly as competitive as they were. They were just the better team today.”

McCarty’s 19 points included three triples for the game, and she tied her career-high steals with three. Senior Imani Boyette added eight points, six boards, and four blocks on the night, while senior Empress Davenport recorded six points and eight boards. Senior Celina Rodrigo led the Horns with three assists.

As a team, Texas shot 29.0 percent (18-of-62) from the field and 30.8 percent (4-for-13) from behind the arc, while Oklahoma shot 41.4 percent (24-for-58) from the floor and 33.3 percent (6-for-18) from three-point land. Texas outblocked the Sooners, 4-3.

Oklahoma (17-7, 8-5 Big 12 Conference) was led by sophomore Vionise Pierre-Louis with 17 points.

Texas would trail Oklahoma until the 6:07 mark of the first quarter when McCarty drained a triple to tie things at nine. Each team went on a 5-0 run to even things at 14, but another McCarty three-pointer gave Texas its first lead of the game and ended the quarter, 17-16.

The Sooners utilized a 5-0 push to gain the 21-17 advantage, but a layup and two free throws from Boyette made it a tie ball game at 21 with 5:38 remaining in the half. It was a tale of traded baskets from there with the score tying five more times, and a scoreless last two minutes sent the teams into the half tied at 32.

Oklahoma netted one from downtown to take a 39-36 lead at the 7:41 mark, and the Sooners extended the margin to five after a jumper from junior Gioya Carter. Texas rallied back on a 6-0 spurt to go up by one, but a Sooner layup with four minutes left in the third gave Oklahoma the 43-42 advantage. The Horns jumped out on a 7-0 spurt fueled by threes from McCarty and Rodrigo to take a seven-point lead (49-43) with 1:05 left, but two Oklahoma free throws ran out the clock, making it 49-45 Texas.

Cold shooting would doom the Longhorns in the fourth quarter as Oklahoma outscored Texas, 29-7. Freshman Lashann Higgs would add two last baskets, but it wouldn’t be enough as the Sooners took the game, 74-56.

Up next, Texas will host Kansas State inside the Frank Erwin Center on Wednesday, Feb. 17. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m., and the game will be carried live on LHN.