No. 9 UT Women’s Basketball Tops Texas Tech 90-39 on the Road

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The win accounts for the largest margin of victory in a Big 12 game since 2005

texassports.com – Senior Texas guard Ariel Atkins scored a game-high 22 points to lead No. 9 Texas past Texas Tech, 90-39, on Saturday at United Supermarkets Arena.

The Longhorns dominated the court on Saturday afternoon, winning by 51 points and leading for 37:03. The team was 17-for-23 in free throws (73.9 percent) and shot 35-for-71 in field goals (49.3 percent).

The 51-point win over Texas Tech takes over as the largest margin of victory in a Big 12 game. The previous high was 43 points set on February 23 2005, when Texas beat Colorado, 83-40.

Senior guard Ariel Atkins led the way for Texas on Saturday afternoon with 22 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Senior guard Brooke McCarty had 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds and six assists. Junior guard Lashann Higgs followed with 19 points of her own and five rebounds.

The first points of the match came from a jumper in the paint by Texas Tech’s Jada Terry. Junior forward Jatarie White picked up the first Texas points with two free throws. The teams then traded buckets over 3:47 before senior guard Brooke McCarty pulled Texas to 11-5 at 5:04 with a three-pointer. After the media timeout, the Lady Raiders went on a mini 4-0 run and brought the margin to a mere two points at 3:19, but Tech was unable to maintain the close connection, as Texas retaliated with a 6-0 run before the period ended 19-13.

At the start of the second, Texas went on a 7-0 run before Texas Tech’s Brewer nailed a three pointer. McCarty quickly returned for a layup, and senior forward Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau insured with a jumper, bringing score to 30-16. Texas then went on a 16-3 scoring run spanning 7:09, holding Texas Tech to a scoring drought and forcing three turnovers over five minutes. Junior forward Jordan Hosey tabbed a put-back with over two minutes to go in the quarter, bringing the score to 42-19. The quarter closed 44-19, with Texas Tech putting up only six points in the period. McCarty and Atkins ended the first half with 12 and 10 points, respectively.

The Longhorns opened the penultimate quarter with an 10-0 run over 2:35. Tech’s Lyndsey Whilby ended the drought with a layup at 4:58, the score reflecting 56-21. Higgs tabbed another layup and Whilby answered with a three pointer. Texas went on a 5-0 mini-run over 36 seconds with 2:30 still remaining in the third period. Texas Tech struggled to find their rhythm in the second half and the Longhorns capitalized, holding the Lady Raiders’ scoring to 10 points.

In the fourth quarter, Texas immediately started with a 6-0 run. Texas Tech saw two players foul out in the fourth.  The highest margin of the match came in the fourth quarter at 53 points around a minute remaining.  Texas outscored the Lady Raiders 17-10 in this period.

Redshirt junior forward Khaleann Caron-Goudreau saw the floor for the first time since the Southpoint Shootout in November. Since the match against Washington on November 25th, she has been healing a stress injury.

Erin Degrate and Brielle Blaire led Texas Tech in points, both scoring seven points.

Texas will travel to Waco, Texas on Thursday, January 25 to play against conference foe Baylor. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. CT, and the game will be televised by ESPN2 and broadcast on 105.3 FM in Austin or at texassports.com/audio.