Texas Women Advance to Big 12 Finals – Face Baylor Monday Night

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texassports.com  – The No. 7 Texas women’s basketball team seeks its second all-time Big 12 Conference Tournament Championship on Monday when it faces No. 3 Baylor. Tip-off in Chesapeake Energy Arena is slated for 8 p.m. CT and the game will be nationally televised by FS1. It is the Longhorns’ sixth all-time appearance in the championship final and the third in the last four years.

Ariel Atkins – photo by texassports.com

The Longhorns (26-5) advanced to the championship with an 81-69 win against Iowa State in the quarterfinal round and a 68-55 victory against West Virginia in the semifinals.

Texas holds an all-time record of 26-20 in the Big 12 Conference Tournament. The Longhorns are 1-4 all-time in the championship final, winning the event in 2003. The six appearances by Texas in the final tie the Longhorns with Oklahoma for second-most championship final appearances in the tournament’s history. Baylor will be making its tournament-leading 12th all-time appearance in the finals on Monday.

Junior forward Jatarie White has led the Longhorns in the Big 12 Conference Tournament, posting back-to-back double-doubles in her first two games in Oklahoma City. On the week, White is averaging 14.5 points per game and a team-high 12.0 rebounds per game. She is shooting 57.1 percent from the field and 83.3 percent from the free-throw line.


  • Texas women’s basketball is in the midst of its 44th season of intercollegiate basketball. 
  • Texas ranks fifth all-time in NCAA history with 1,063 all-time victories. 
  • The Longhorns have made 30 all-time NCAA Tournament appearances, which is fourth-most of any NCAA D-I Women’s Basketball program. 
  • Texas head coach Karen Aston is 140-60 (.700) now in her sixth season at the helm of the Longhorns. She is the program’s second-winningest coach in UT history behind Jody Conradt‘s 783 victories on the Forty Acres. 
  • This year’s Texas team tied the school record for most Big 12 wins in a season at 15. The 2002-03, 2015-16 and 2016-17 squads also posted 15 Big 12 victories. 
  • Texas has advanced to three consecutive NCAA Sweet 16s for the first time since the 2002, 2003 and 2004 campaigns. 
  • Since the start of the 2015-16 season, Texas has earned 19 wins against foes ranked in the Associated Press Top-25. The Longhorns are 5-4 against AP Top-25 teams this season. 
  • Dating back to the start of the 2015-16 season, the Longhorns have won the rebound battle in 87 of 101 total games. Texas has held the edge on the boards in 27 of 31 games this season and ranks second nationally in rebound margin (+10.8). The Longhorns are averaging 43.0 rebounds per game, which ranks 17th nationally. 
  • Texas ranks 14th nationally in scoring offense (81.1 ppg) and 11th in scoring margin (+17.8).
  • Senior guard Brooke McCarty has 235 career three-pointers made, which ranks third all-time in program history. She is one of only four players in school annals to make 200 or more career three-pointers. McCarty needs three more three-pointers to surpass Kathleen Nash (237 career threes) for second place all-time. 
  • McCarty ranks fourth in program history in three-point percentage at 39.7 percent (235-of-592). Just three players in program history (Jamie Carey, Kathleen Nash and Vicki Hall) have shot better than 40 percent from beyond the arc for their careers. Carey is the school’s all-time three-point field goal percentage leader at 41.8 percent. 
  • McCarty leads the Big 12 Conference and is 18th nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.7.
  • Senior guard Ariel Atkins ranks fourth in program history in free-throw percentage with an 83.0 percent clip (269-of-324). 
  • Atkins ranks 30th nationally and second in the Big 12 in steals per game at 2.6.
  • Atkins ranks 36th nationally in field-goal percentage at 54.2 percent. 
  • Atkins (117) and McCarty (135) have each played in more than 100 career games for the Longhorns.

Senior guard Ariel Atkins has averaged a team-high 17.5 points per game through two games in the Big 12 Conference Tournament. She is also averaging 4.5 rebounds per game and has a team-leading three steals and two blocks. Atkins tied her season high with 25 points in the quarterfinal against Iowa State, including a career-best five three-pointers.

On the season, Atkins averages a squad-best 14.9 points per game, while senior guard Brooke McCarty follows with 13.8 points per game. Junior guard Lashann Higgs contributes 12.6 points per game and White adds 10.4 points per game and a team-best 6.0 rebounds per game. Higgs is expected to play in her 100th career game for the Longhorns on Monday.

Texas and Baylor meet for the 97th time in the history of the two programs. The Longhorns lead the all-time series 58-38, but the Lady Bears have won 17 of the last 18 meetings. Texas is 2-2 all-time against Baylor in the Big 12 Conference Tournament. The two teams met for the tournament championship in 2015 and 2016, both won by the Lady Bears.

The Lady Bears enter Monday’s game with a 30-1 overall record and an 18-0 mark in Big 12 Conference play. Baylor advanced to the championship with an 83-54 win against Kansas State in the quarterfinals and a 94-48 victory against TCU in the semifinals.

No. 7/7 Texas Longhorns (26-5, 15-3 Big 12) vs. No. 3/3 Baylor Lady Bears (30-1, 18-0 Big 12)
Big 12 Tournament Championship
Time: Monday, March 5, 2018 | 8 p.m. CT
Location: Oklahoma City, Okla. | Chesapeake Energy Arena (18,203)
TV: FS1 (Ron Thulin, Brenda VanLengen, Missy Heidrick)
Radio: 105.3 FM (Craig Way, Fran Harris)

No. 7 Women’s Basketball opens Big 12 Tournament with 81-69 win over Iowa State

The No. 7 Texas Women’s Basketball team (25-5, 15-3 Big 12) beat Iowa State (14-17, 7-11 Big 12) 81-69 on Saturday in the quarterfinal round of the Big 12 Conference Tournament at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The team was 8-for-9 in free throws (88.9 percent), shot 32-for-58 in field goals (55.2 percent) and 9-for-16 in three-pointers (56.3 percent).

The 12-point win over Iowa State marks Texas’ third consecutive 25-win season and eliminates the Cyclones from the Big 12 Tournament. Texas pushes on to the semi-finals on Sunday afternoon, where they will play sixth-seeded West Virginia.

Senior guard Ariel Atkins led the way for Texas on Saturday evening with 25 points, tying her season-high. She accumulated four rebounds, four assists, and three steals. The senior guard’s five three-point baskets against ISU is a new career-high. Junior forward Jatarie White followed with 18 points and 12 rebounds, notching her third career double-double. Senior guard Brooke McCarty had 12 points and grabbed seven assists and four rebounds.

The first points of the game came from a jumper by McCarty. Setting the pace, Texas went on a 7-0 run spanning 1:18 with junior Lashann Higgs draining a three-pointer and White following with a jumper. This gave the Longhorns a seven-point lead before the first-quarter media time-out. An excellent defensive effort by McCarty with just under five minutes left held the score to 11-4, with the Longhorns in the lead. However, two three-point baskets from Iowa State’s Bridget Carleton and Emily Durr brought the Cyclones closer. Atkins pulled Texas to 16-12 at 2:54 with a three-pointer of her own. Another Durr three at 2:20 brought the margin to within a single point. Closing out the period, Texas led Iowa State 20-17.

At the start of the second, Iowa State was unable to maintain their close connection, as Texas went on a 6-0 run, featuring baskets from Atkins, sophomore Joyner Holmes and White. The Cyclones remained scoreless in the second quarter until 5:13, when Durr sunk a pair of free-throws. Atkins responded with a three-point basket and a lay-up, sending the score to 33-19 with 4:01 remaining. Freshman Chasity Patterson entered the game and scored a three-pointer straight from the bench. Texas continued to push the margin, with jumpers from Atkins and White. Carleton was able to step in with a three-point basket, but Texas was already up by 16 points. The half ended 42-27, after a three from Durr.

Iowa State opened the second half on a 5-0 mini-run before Atkins picked up a jumper from just inside the arc. Texas held ISU to a 2:28 scoring drought, before Durr sank back-to-back baskets. In less than a minute and a half, McCarty and Atkins both drained three-pointers while Higgs had a layup, giving Texas a 14-point lead. Texas struggled to regain their first half momentum towards the end of the third quarter, but the Longhorns were able to maintain their lead, 56-47.

In the fourth quarter, Texas immediately started on a 6-0 run. The run ended after a foul on Sutton prompted a free-throw attempt for ISU’s Madison Wise. The highest margin of the match came in the fourth quarter at 20 points with 6:16 remaining. Texas outscored the Cyclones 25-22 in this period.

Iowa State’s Emily Durr led the Cyclones, picking up 25 points. The senior guard was 9-of-21 from the field and 5-of-10 in three-point shooting. Junior Bridget Carleton also had 25 points, as she was 8-of-15 from the field and 7-for-9 in free throws.

No. 7 Women’s Basketball defeats West Virginia 68-55 to head to Big 12 Championship Final

Junior Texas forward Jatarie White notched her fourth double-double of the season – and second consecutive – as the No. 7 Longhorns (26-5) defeated sixth-seeded West Virginia (21-11), 68-55, in the Big 12 Championship semifinals at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Sunday evening. Texas advances to its third Big 12 Championship final in the last four years and the sixth Championship final in progra history.

Texas improves to 26-20 all-time in the Big 12 Conference Championship.

The game was the 200th for Texas head coach Karen Aston, who improved to 140-60 (.700) in her sixth season as the head coach of the Longhorns.

The 13-point win over the Mountaineers marked Texas and West Virginia’s 17th meeting in the history of the two programs. The Longhorns now lead the all-time series 11-6 and have won eight of the last nine meetings between the two teams, including both regular-season contests in 2017-18.

White led the way for the Texas offense with 11 points, a career-high-tying 12 rebounds, two steals, and a block. Sophomore guard Sug Sutton posted 10 points on 3-of-5 shooting from the field and gathered a career-high six assists and four rebounds. Senior guard Ariel Atkins scored 10 points, reeling in five rebounds and two assists. The Longhorns had a strong scoring presence, as four Longhorns scored in double-figures.

For the Big 12 Conference Championship, White is averaging 14.5 points per game and a squad-best 12.0 rebounds per game. Atkins is averaging a team-high 17.5 points per game.

Bench play was critical for the Longhorns in the game, as the Texas bench out-scored the West Virginia reserves 25-0.

The Texas offense sputtered to maintain control out of the gate. West Virginia’s Kristina King drained the first points of the game, but Atkins got the Longhorns into the scoring column with a jumper. The score was tied at 6:55 remaining, before Atkins sank two free throws and sophomore guard/forward Joyner Holmes ran a break away and finished the shot. WVU’s Naomi Davenport tried the Texas defense and broke through, picking up two points and leaving the Longhorns with just a two-point cushion. WVU called time-out with just over 2:20 remaining after White’s back-to-back baskets. A put-back from freshman Rellah Boothe gave the :onghorns an eight-point lead. Sutton contributed valuable minutes off the bench early, accounting for eight of Texas’ 24 first quarter points. The point guard drained an exciting buzzer-beater three to elevate the margin to 12 at the break.

The second quarter began with Texas scoring two baskets to every one of West Virginia’s. The Mountaineers kept fighting, but a pair of Jordan Hosey free throws increased Texas’ lead to 16. After the media timeout, the Longhorns hovered in the lead, averaging a 14-point margin. Texas headed into halftime with Atkins and Sutton leading in scoring, each with 10 points, and ahead of WVU by 14. UT outscored West Virginia in each of the first two quarters.

In the third period, senior guard Brooke McCarty saw her first points of the game off a lay-up. Texas kept its foot on the gas pedal with the lead ballooning to as many as 22 (58-36) during the third quarter. West Virginia entered a 3:52 scoring drought as Texas went on a 6-0 run over 3:41. The Mountaineers only connected on one of their last 10 shots, entering into yet another two-plus minute scoring drought. The Longhorns entered the fourth quarter still ahead, 58-40.

West Virginia outscored Texas 15-10 in the fourth quarter, with the Mountaineers holding the Longhorns scoreless for nearly three minutes during the fourth quarter.