No. 8/10 Texas Women’s Hoops wins double OT thriller at No. 4/4 FSU, 92-88

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AUSTIN, Texas – Junior Brooke McCarty proved to be the anchor with a career-high 29 points while playing all 50 minutes as No. 8/10 Texas Women’s Basketball (21-4, 14-0 Big 12 Conference) posted a 92-88 win in a double-overtime thriller at No. 4/4 Florida State (23-3, 11-1 ACC) inside the Tucker Center on Monday night. This is the first time Texas has played in a double overtime game since January 29, 2015 against Oklahoma.

“I just can’t get over how tough we were,” said Texas head coach Karen Aston. “I could not be any more proud of our coaches and players.”

Ariel Atkins

Along with her game-high 29 points, McCarty tied her season highs with five triples and eight assists. Junior Ariel Atkins added 21 points along with seven boards and a team-high two steals. Freshman Joyner Holmes dropped her eighth double-double of the season with 14 points and 14 rebounds.

As a team, Texas shot 50.7 percent (37-73) from the field while holding Florida State to a 33.7 shooting percentage (29-86). The Horns outrebounded the Seminoles, 47-45, and posted 17 assists to FSU’s 11. Florida State was led by junior Shakayla Thomas with 23 points and 11 rebounds.

A McCarty triple broke the seal for Texas in the opening quarter. After trailing 13-8, the Horns used a 5-0 run to tie things at 13 at the 1:26 mark. An Atkins free throw gave Texas the one-point edge, but a Seminole layup closed the stanza, 15-14 Florida State.

The Seminoles extended their lead to as many as 11 points in the second quarter, but five straight points from McCarty cut the margin to 27-21 with 5:13 left in the first half. FSU powered forward with two triples and held a 35-26 advantage at the break.

A 7-2 Horns’ run made it a four-point game early in the third, but Texas foul trouble allowed the Seminoles to capture their last five points from the stripe. Florida State led by as many as 13, but a McCarty triple at the buzzer gave life to the Horns offense and closed the quarter, 59-48 FSU.

The Longhorns managed an 11-0 run in the heart of the fourth to chase down the Seminoles and make it a one-point game (61-60) with 5:24 remaining. Atkins drained three straight buckets to hand Texas its first lead of the night since the opening minutes, and another basket from Holmes made it 68-63 Texas at the 1:25 mark.

Down by three with seconds remaining, FSU brought down an offensive board and drained its only three-pointer of the second half to force overtime, 71-71.

It was back and forth in the first period of overtime. With the score tied at 80 and just seconds left on the game clock. McCarty tossed up a last-second jumper that bounced in and out, sending the game into a second overtime.

It was Texas who held the 89-88 edge at the 1:35 mark of double overtime, and sophomore Olamide Aborowa made a huge layup with 1:11 on the clock to put the Horns up by three. The Seminoles had possession with 16 seconds remaining and got two shots at tying the score, before freshman Jada Underwood came away with the defensive board. Sophomore Lashann Higgs was fouled with one second remaining and a closing free throw sealed the thriller for Texas, 92-88.

Next on the schedule, Texas will travel to Norman, Okla. to face No. 19/20 Oklahoma on Saturday, Feb. 18. Tip inside the Lloyd Noble Center is scheduled for 1 p.m. Central, and the game will be televised by Fox Sports Net.