No. 8/8 Texas Women’s Basketball downs TCU, 71-58, on Senior Night

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Sophomore Brooke McCarty and senior Imani Boyette both flirted with double-doubles.

Sophomore Brooke McCarty and senior Imani Boyette both flirted with double-doubles to give No. 8/8 Texas the win over TCU, 71-58, on Senior Night inside the Frank Erwin Center.

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With the win, Texas (26-2, 15-2 Big 12 Conference) swept the series of TCU this season. The Longhorns lead the all-time contest over the Horned Frogs, 38-2, and are undefeated (18-0) when the game is played at home.

The four seniors on the Longhorns roster were honored before the game. As a class, Boyette, Empress DavenportCelina Rodrigo, and Brady Sanders hold an 84-43 overall record and will have led Texas to three consecutive NCAA tournaments and three 20-win seasons. In addition, former Texas head coach Jody Conradt and current head coach Karen Aston were honored for their contributions to the 1,000-win milestone achieved earlier this year. In her time at the 40 Acres, Conradt earned 783 victories from 1976-2007.

“The game didn’t have a real great flow offensively, and I thought we got better in the second half,” said Aston. “I absolutely can’t complain about a team that is 26-2 at this point. I’m really pleased that we gave ourselves an opportunity to go to Waco on Monday. Again, everything is an opportunity at this point, but we have an opportunity to go play for a share of a conference championship.”

McCarty led all scorers with 16 points behind a 6-of-10 effort from the field and a 4-of-6 effort from behind the arc. She also totaled eight assists, tying her career-high. Boyette notched 12 points and brought down nine boards, moving her up to sixth on the all-time rebounder list. Sophomore Ariel Atkins had seven points and five rebounds, while junior Kelsey Lang added eight points and five boards on the night.

As a team, the Longhorns shot 47.4 percent (27-of-57) from the field and 33.3 percent (4-of-12) from downtown. The Horned Frogs held a 32.1 shooting percentage (17-of-53) from the field. Texas outrebounded TCU, 42-26, and has won the battle of the boards in 24 of 28 games this season.

TCU (15-13, 7-10 Big 12 Conference) was led by senior Zahna Medley with 15 points.

It was a slow offensive start for the Horns, and the Horned Frogs found their first nine points from three-point land to go up 9-8 at the 4:14 mark of the first. Atkins fed McCarty for the Horns’ first triple to give Texas the 11-9 advantage, but two TCU free throws tied things at 11 with 1:37 remaining. Two traded baskets closed the quarter, 13-13.

The score changed eight times before Texas rolled out on a 7-0 spurt to take a six-point lead, 26-20, forcing a TCU timeout at the 4:12 mark. The Horned Frogs cut the deficit to one, but the Longhorns drained their last five field goal attempts to lead, 36-27, headed into the half.

Texas would lead by as many as 12 after a free throw from Rodrigo at the 7:42 mark, but TCU slowly chipped way, utilizing a 6-0 run to get within four (45-41) with 4:03 left in the third quarter. A Lang layup and consecutive triples from McCarty helped the Horns stretch out once more, closing the third with the 53-44 advantage.

Texas never let up in the fourth quarter, taking its largest lead of the night, 64-48, after a pair of free throws from Davenport. 13 of the last 20 points of the game came from the charity stripe, and two from freshman Jordan Hosey closed out the game, 72-58 Texas.

The Horns will conclude regular season play on Monday, Feb. 29 as they travel to Waco, Texas to take on No. 8/8 Baylor. Tip inside the Ferrell Center is set for 8 p.m. CT, and the game will be carried live on FS1.