Sweet Sixteen Bound: No. 8 Texas Women’s Basketball defeats Arizona State in Second Round, 85-65

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Higgs scores 19 points, McCarty notches third career double-double

texassports.com – Senior guard Brooke McCarty recorded her third-career double-double to lead second-seeded Texas Women’s Basketball past seventh-seeded Arizona State in the NCAA Women’s Second Round on Monday night at the Erwin Center, 85-65. The Longhorns led by as many as 25 late in the fourth quarter.

Ariel Atkins (23) – texassports.com

McCarty poured in 15 points and brought down 10 boards to go along with five assists in 36 minutes. Junior guard Lashann Higgs recorded a team-high 19 points on 9-of-12 shooting while senior guard Ariel Atkins added 12 points, six rebounds, and matched a team-high with five assists.

Sophomore forward Joyner Holmes scored 10 points and junior forward Olamide Aborowa contributed nine points and seven rebounds.

Texas was 37-of-60 (61.7 percent) from the field and outscored the Sun Devils 54-20 in paint scoring. The UT defense held Arizona State to just 39 percent shooting and 4-of-14 (28.6 percent) from beyond the arc. The Longhorns out-rebounded ASU by a 40-19 margin.

Texas held an early 12-10 lead after a jumper from Jordan Hosey at the 4:32 mark in the first quarter. A 6-0 spurt from the Longhorns over a minute put UT on top, 20-15, with 1:19 remaining in the period. Texas headed to the second period with a 22-18 lead after holding the Sun Devils without a field goal over the final 3:38 of the first quarter.

The Longhorns built an 11-point (31-20) advantage at the 7:43 mark of the second quarter following a 9-0 run. Arizona State used a 9-2 run to cut the Texas lead to 38-35 with 23 seconds remaining in the half. Aborowa knocked down a jumper with three seconds to play to send the Longhorns into the break with a five-point (40-35) lead.

Higgs paced Texas in the first half with 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting in 17 minutes while Atkins added eight points and five boards. The Longhorns were 19-of-32 (59.4 percent) from the field in the first half and held a 28-10 margin in paint scoring. The UT defense held Arizona State to 38.7 percent (12-of-31) shooting in the opening 20 minutes, including just 1-of-5 (20 percent) from deep.

ASU trimmed the Texas lead to just two (40-38) early in the second half, but the Longhorns responded with a 19-3 run over a 5:11 streak to extend their advantage to 59-41 at the 3:33 mark. An Alecia Sutton jumper with 29 seconds remaining closed out the Longhorn scoring as UT headed to the final stanza with a 65-50 lead.

Texas held the Sun Devils without a point over a 3:56 stretch to open up their largest lead of the contest of 23 (75-52) with 4:58 to play in regulation. A pair of free throws from Jatari White put Texas on top, 83-57, with 1:30 remaining as the Longhorns closed out a Second Round win.

Kianna Ibis paced Arizona State with 27 points.

Texas will head to Kansas City to face third-seeded UCLA at 8:30 p.m. CT on Friday, March 23rd in the Sweet Sixteen. The game will be televised nationally by ESPN2 and broadcast on 105.3 FM in Austin or at TexasSports.com/audio.