No. 8/6 Women’s Basketball drops season opener at No. 11/10 Stanford, 71-59

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The game marked Texas head coach Karen Aston’s 300th game as a collegiate head coach. – Stanford junior guard Brittany McPhee posted a career-high 28 points to lead all-scorers en route to No. 11/10 Stanford’s win over No. 8/6 Texas inside Maples Pavilion on Monday night, 71-59.

Tonight marked Texas head coach Karen Aston‘s 300th career game as a head coach. Aston holds an all-time record of 190-110 (.635) in her 10th season at the helm of a collegiate program.

The Cardinal leads the all-times series over the Longhorns, 7-4, and picks up its first against Texas since the 2013-2014 season.

“They were the better team. We haven’t executed things in practice the way we need to,” said Aston. “We went through a stretch where we fouled too much, and we went through a stretch where we weren’t helping each other defensively. We will get home and get to work because that’s all we can do.”

Junior guard Brooke McCarty led the Horns across the board, registering a team-high 20 points and five rebounds on the night. Junior guard Ariel Atkins joined her in the double-figures with 14 points, including a 3-of-6 effort from downtown, and a game-high four steals.

As a team, Texas shot 35.3 percent (24-of-68) from the field to Stanford’s 54.9 shooting percentage (28-of-51). The Horns out-rebounded the Cardinal, 38-32, and registered nine steals in the contest.

Stanford’s McPhee capped off her record night with seven rebounds and two assists.

Texas held the early 9-8 edge headed into the first media timeout, but Stanford answered with a 9-4 rally to lead by four (17-13) with 48 seconds remaining in the quarter. The Horns wasted no time on offense with a quick three-pointer from sophomore guard Higgs, and a buzzer-beating tip-in from Atkins closed the first in favor of Texas, 18-17.

The Longhorns held onto their lead until the 5:23 mark of the game when a Cardinal trey tied the match at 24. Stanford gained momentum behind an 11-3 run to lead at the half, 35-29.

Atkins and McCarty found the sweet spot behind the arc to open the second half, cutting the margin to five (40-35 Stanford) at 8:20 mark of the third. The Cardinal extended their lead to double-digits (52-42), but another trey from McCarty and a layup from freshman guard/forward Joyner Holmes got the Horns within five once again. Stanford continued to find its strength in the paint and held the lead heading into the final stretch, 58-50.

An 8-0 Cardinal run was cut short by a three-point play from McCarty, but Stanford continued to convert in the paint. The Cardinal would outscore the Longhorns, 13-9, in the fourth to close the game with the 71-59 win.

Texas will host its first regular season game against the Houston Baptist Huskies inside the Erwin Center on Wednesday, Nov. 16. Tip is slated for 11 a.m. and the game will be carried live on Longhorn Network.

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