No. 6/8 Texas Women’s Hoops falls to No. 4/4 Baylor, 70-67

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The Longhorns and the Lady Bears split the season series.

AUSTIN, Texas – Baylor’s sophomore Kalani Brown had a career night with 35 points and 13 rebounds as No. 6/8 Texas Women’s Basketball (21-6, 14-2 Big 12 Conference) fell to No 4/4 Baylor (26-2, 15-1 Big 12 Conference) inside the Erwin Center on Monday night, 70-67.

Coach Karen Aston and Duncanville’s Ariel Atkins. Photo from texassports.com

The Longhorns and the Lady Bears split the season series, 1-1, with both teams claiming victories on their opponent’s court.

Texas leads the all-times series over Baylor, 58-36.

“I was impressed with how our team played for a lot of reasons,” said Texas head coach Karen Aston. “It was a big game, big environment and some are new to this, but I was real pleased with the way we handled it.”

Junior Brooke McCarty led the charge for Texas with a team-high 16 points and three assists. Junior Ariel Atkins joined her in the double-figures with 14 points and a game-high three steals.

Freshman Joyner Holmes brought down a team-high 12 boards.

As a team, Texas shot 35.2 percent (25-71) from the field while Baylor shot at a 42.6 percentage (23-54). The Longhorns registered eight steals to the Lady Bear’s four.

Brown’s double-double highlighted the Baylor stats. She was 10-12 from the field and 15-16 from the free throw line.

Texas converted 11 points in the first quarter off turnovers and outrebounded BU two-fold, 12-6. After a McCarty triple opened the lid for Texas at the 7:15 mark to lead 3-2, the Horns never trailed in the stanza to close, 18-10.

The Lady Bears took advantage of Texas foul trouble in the second quarter, converting 11 of their 15 total points from the charity stripe. Back-to-back layups from junior Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau capped the half, 36-25 Longhorns.

Baylor slowly chipped into the Texas advantage in the third to trail by only four (41-37 UT) at the media timeout. Triples from McCarty and sophomore Lashann Higgs padded the Horns margin to end the quarter, 52-45.

A 7-0 BU push made it a tie game at 52 with 6:07 remaining in regulation. The Lady Bears took their first lead of the night since the opening bucket just under the five-minute mark with two free throws and never relinquished the lead from there.

Down by eight points with 50 seconds on the board, freshman Alecia Sutton knocked down a layup and McCarty made a critical three-pointer to cut the spread to three, 68-65 Baylor. After trading buckets, McCarty sent off a last-chance effort from downtown to force overtime, but it bounced off the rim to give Baylor the 70-67 win.

Next on the slate, Texas will host Iowa State on Friday for Senior Day. Tip inside the Erwin Center is set for 7:30 p.m. CT and the game will be televised by Longhorn Network.