No. 7 Texas Women’s Basketball falls to TCU, 79-77

Filed under: Sports,UT Women's Basketball | – Senior Ariel Atkins had a season-high in points and steals with 25 and five, respectively, but Texas was unable to overcome a 26-9 second quarter run by TCU in a 79-77 loss on Wednesday night at Schollmaier Arena. The score was tied four times, totaling 3:20, and the lead changed nine times, with Texas leading for 21:17 and TCU leading for 15:23.

Ariel Atkins

Junior Lashann Higgs and senior Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau joined Atkins in the double-figure ranks. Higgs contributed 18 points and three steals. Caron-Goudreau tied her season-high 11 points, while tallying six rebounds and a season-high four blocks.  Senior Brooke McCarty posted a career high of 11 assists, while dishing out four rebounds.

Texas (13-2, 4-1 Big-12 Conference) set a fast pace in the first quarter, leading by as many as 10 points for 8:55 and out-scoring the Horned Frogs 22-14. Atkins recorded eight points in the first period, with fellow guard Lashann Higgs tacking on an additional six to the total. The first bucket of the match came from a Higgs lay-up at 8:54, followed by a flurry of back-and-forth three-pointers exchanged between the two teams. The score stayed at 20-12 for 1:35 before a lay-up came from Jordan Hosey in the last 52 seconds.

The second period was the lowest scoring quarter for Texas with nine total points, coming from Atkins, Higgs and Joyner Holmes. After a scoring drought of five points, Joyner Holmes scored a lay-up at 7:40 to bring the score to 24-19, with Texas still leading. A pair of free throws from TCU’s center Jordan Moore brought the score within a single point at 24-23. Moore then gave the purple their first lead of the game at 6:12 with a lay-up. TCU (11-5, 2-3 Big-12 Conference) utilized three-pointers from Amy Okonkwo, Kianna Ray and Toree Thompson who contributed to the Frogs’ overall game total of 9-for-11 (81.8 percent) in three-point field goals.

After halftime, Texas returned to the floor to outscore TCU 26-20 after heading into the locker room with a nine-point deficit. Atkins scored seven points alone in the third period, with a three-pointer at 8:29 that propelled Texas on a 6-0 run to force a TCU timeout with the game tied at 42-42.  TCU answered with their own 5-0 mini-run, holding the Longhorns until 2:58 to go, when the score tied at 53-53 after a jumper from Atkins. The teams battled for the lead before TCU pulled away and ended the period 60-57 after a 4-0 run.

The fourth quarter presented an exciting fight, with Texas recording 16 of 20 points in the paint and forcing five turnovers. Kianna Ray hit a game-changing three-pointer with 37 seconds remaining to convert TCU to a two point lead. Atkins then tied the game with a jumper at 17 seconds, forcing the Horned Frogs to call a timeout. A foul on Texas with six seconds to go gave TCU two free throws and the lead. The Longhorns made an offensive push with a few seconds to go, but Higgs’ three-point attempt did not prove successful and the time expired.

As a team, Texas shot 42 percent (32-77) from the field as well as 88 percent (7-8) from the charity stripe. TCU was lead in points by Jordan Moore with 19. The Horned Frogs were 58 percent (28-48) from the field and an impressive 82 percent (9-11) in three-pointers.

Next, Texas will host the Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday, January 13 at the Frank Erwin Center. Tip-off will be at 1 p.m. CT and the game will be televised on the Longhorn Network and broadcast on 105.3 FM in Austin or at

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