No. 7 Texas Women’s Basketball defeats Oklahoma on Senior Night, 79-66

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texassports.com – No. 7/7 Texas Women’s Basketball (24-5, 15-3 Big 12 Conference) concluded regular-season play with a defeat of Oklahoma (16-13, 11-7 Big 12 Conference) at the Frank Erwin Center on Tuesday evening, 79-66.

Guards Lashann HiggsAriel Atkins, and Brooke McCarty led the way for Texas, each finishing with double-digit points, five rebounds or more, and four assists or more.

Ariel Atkins (23) – texassports.com

McCarty recorded nine fourth-quarter points to finish with a team-high of 17 in the game, adding six rebounds and four assists. Higgs recorded 16 points, shooting 8-for-13 from the field while adding five rebounds and four asssists.

Atkins led Texas in rebounds and assists, with seven and six, respectively. Her 15 points came from shooting 6-of-10 from the field, 2-of-4 from beyond the arc, and 1-of-2 from the line.

As a team, the Longhorns capitalized upon opportunities created. Texas notched 22 points off of turnovers, shooting 47.8 percent from the field (32-of-67) and out-rebounding the Sooners, 41-to-30.

The teams kept pace on the scoreboard opening the game, but with the Longhorns staying ahead with thanks to six early points from Atkins and a Higgs layup for a 12-8 lead after three minutes. Texas kept a steady pace, with back-to-back threes from McCarty giving the Longhorns a 20-13 advantage ahead of the end of the opening period.

The Longhorns continued the steady pace early in the second quarter but required a resurgent 10-1 run in the half’s final minutes to close out with an 11-point lead at the buzzer, 40-31. Oklahoma had tied at 30-30 with 2:46 left in the half, but yielded two turnovers during Texas’ run while Atkins contributed four points, an assist, and a steal.

Texas did not this time allow Oklahoma to recover, holding the Sooners at bay and staying at least seven points ahead through the remainder of the match. A layup from Sutton closing the third put Texas ahead 59-48 entering the fourth quarter, with the Longhorns maintaining the lead for a 79-66 final score.

Texas opens postseason play traveling to Oklahoma City, Okla. for the Big 12 Tournament. Starting Friday, March 2nd, the Big 12 Championship will be carried live on FSN. The second-seeded Longhorns will play either seventh-seeded Iowa State or 10th-seeded Texas Tech on Saturday, March 3rd at 6 p.m. CT at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. Tickets will be available through Big12Sports.com/BuyTickets. They can also be purchased at the Chesapeake Energy Arena box office Monday – Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. CT and during the Championship. Single-Session tickets are priced at $25, $20 and $10. One session will be played on Friday night with two sessions on Saturday and one session each on Sunday and Monday.  A radio broadcast will be available on texassports.com/audio or at 105.3 FM in Austin.