UT Women’s Basketball With Wins over LSU and Washington at South Point Shootout

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No. 2 Women’s Basketball closes out South Point Shootout with win over Washington

McCarty and White named to all-tournament team

Box Score

texassports.com – Junior Jatarie White led the No. 2 Texas Longhorns with 24 points as the team defeated the Washington Huskies in a 92-68 win on Saturday at the South Point Shootout in southern Las Vegas.

White smashed her previous high in points, going from 14 against LSU on Friday to 24 this afternoon. White was 10-for-12 from the field and tallied seven rebounds for the Longhorns. The junior averaged 19.0 points a game at the South Point Shootout tournament.

Senior Brooke McCarty notched 15 points and assisted on six scoring opportunities. The League City, Texas, native played her 110th career game in the Texas uniform and moved into sole possession of fifth place on UT’s all-time career three pointers made list with 192 after her three three-pointers in the game.

Junior Lashann Higgs and sophomore Sug Sutton also joined the double-figure ranks. Higgs registered 10 points and brought down four rebounds. Sutton scored 10 points as well, while shooting 50 percent (2-for-4) from three.

After solid performances from the pair, McCarty and White were named to the South Point Shootout all-tournament team.

“I thought our attention to detail was better today,” Texas head coach Karen Aston said after the team’s win. “Playing people’s tendencies, and paying attention to the detail of the scouting reports was better.”

The Longhorns led the entire game, scoring the first five points of the gmae after field goals from Higgs and McCarty and a free throw from White. Washington managed to pull within a single point margin with 4:09 to go in the first quarter, but Texas used a 10-0 run to surge away to close out the period 20-9.

Texas shut out the Huskies for over five minutes in the second quarter  and closed the half scoring six consecutive points after good free throws from McCarty. The Longhorns headed into the locker room with a 41-21 lead.

Texas continued to pull away from Washington in the second half, taking the margin from 20 to 29 by the end of the third quarter and stretching it to a game-high 31 with less than four minutes to go in the fourth. The win brings the Longhorns to 5-0 and they have reached 90 points for the fourth time in five games this season.

The Texas defense held Washington to a 39.4 (26-for-66) shooting percentage overall and forced 22 turnovers.

UT will be back at the Frank Erwin Center on Thursday, November 30, playing against Louisiana Tech. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. CT and the game will be televised on the Longhorn Network and broadcast on 105.3 FM in Austin or at texassports.com/audio.

No. 2 Women’s Basketball holds off LSU, 75-66

Ariel Atkins scores a team-high 17 points with four steals.

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texassports.com – Senior Texas guard Ariel Atkins scored a team-high 17 points and the No. 2 Longhorns shot 52.6 percent from the field to hold off LSU for a 75-66 win at the South Point Shootout in the South Point Arena.

Texas (4-0) led by as many as 24 points with 7:50 remaining in the game, before LSU trimmed its deficit down to nine points with less than a minute left to play. A lay-up by senior forward Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau with 28 seconds left pushed the lead back to double digits and the Longhorns improved to 4-0 for the third time in the last four seasons.

“I thought we played a little bit similar to how we practiced this week – on and off,” Texas head coach Karen Aston said. “There were some really good moments and some moments that we’re really going to have to start cleaning up as the competition gets tougher. I thought LSU gave us some different looks defensively, which we haven’t seen. They have the athletic ability to continue to score points if you relax. They did the things that they do really well. We’ve just got to clean up some of our lapses in judgement, either on the offensive end and defensive lapses from letting people score layups.”

Atkins’ team-high 17 points came on 6-of-8 shooting and a 2-of-3 clip from beyond the arc. She added four assists and four steals in 21 minutes of play. She was one of four Texas players to score in double-digits on Friday.

“I knew my team needed a lift coming off the bench after having two fouls in the first quarter,” said Atkins. “It is something that I don’t need to do, so that was my emphasis.”

Junior forward Jatarie White registered 10 points and four rebounds in the opening quarter and finished with 14 points and five boards in 24 minutes of play.

“I thought Jatarie set a tone for us,” Aston said. “We got her involved early and that was good for us. I tried to get some other people involved late in the game and I probably should have kept her in because I thought she was quite a presence in the game.”

Junior guard Lashann Higgs tallied 13 points and dished out three assists in 25 minutes, while senior guard Brooke McCarty added 11 points and dished out a game-high six assists in 33 minutes of play. McCarty had two three-pointers, moving her into a tie with Heather Schreiber for fifth place on UT’s all-time career three-pointers made list with 189. She also became the 28th player in school history to surpass 1,200 career points and now has 1,207 for her UT career.

Audrey-Ann Caron Goudreau came close to a double-double with a game-high 10 rebounds and eight points.

The Longhorns shot 52.6 percent (30-of-57) from the field, marking the second consecutive game in which they have shot 50 percent or better. Texas out-rebounded LSU 34-33 and the Longhorns have won the battle of the boards in each of the four games they have played this season.

The Longhorns broke out to an early 16-4 advantage at the 5:09 mark of the opening quarter thanks to five points from White and four from Atkins. LSU then went on a 9-0 run over the next 2:13 to pull within three points, 16-13. Raigyne Louis had the first nine points of the game for the Tigers. Three-pointers by McCarty and Higgs helped the Longhorns extend their edge back out to eight, 23-15, at the 1:23 mark of the first period. That three from Higgs sparked an 8-2 run to close the quarter that was capped off by a three-point play from White. Texas led 28-17 after the first quarter, continuing its streak of strong starts in the opening quarter this season.

The two teams traded baskets to start the second quarter before LSU rank off five points in a row to cut within seven, 30-23, at the 8:11 mark. Higgs, McCarty and White all had baskets on a 7-1 run that extended the Longhorns’ advantage to 37-24 with 2:53 left in the half. Texas entered the halftime locker room with a 41-28 advantage.

In a low-scoring third quarter, the Longhorns widened their lead to 21, 58-37. Texas scored the final six points of the quarter, including back-to-back baskets by sophomore guard Alecia Sutton.

An and-one from Atkins opened the fourth quarter and after the teams traded baskets, a pair of hoops from junior forward Olamide Aborowa gave the Longhorns their largest lead of the night at 24 points (64-40) with 7:50 remaining in the game. Texas led 66-46 with 5:58 left in the game following a basket by Higgs. That’s when LSU went on an 18-7 run that brought the Tigers within nine, 73-64, with 43 ticks left on the clock.

LSU (2-3) was led by 23 points from junior guard Chloe Jackson and 20 points from Louis. The Tigers shot 46.7 percent (28-of-60) from the field in the game.