AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Brooke McCarty scored 23 points and No. 3-seed Texas got a put-back basket from Joyner Holmes with 4 seconds left to the send the Longhorns to the Sweet 16 for the third year in a row with an 84-80 win Sunday over No. 6 North Carolina State.
Lashann Higgs had given Texas a two-point lead when she made one free throw with 8 seconds left but missed the second. Holmes grabbed the rebound, missed her first shot, grabbed the rebound then made the second to seal the win. Holmes finished with 16 points and nine rebounds.
Texas (25-8) had to overcome a 31-point scoring effort by Wolfpack senior guard Miah Spencer, who fouled out with 1:03 to play when she tangled with McCarty, the Big 12 player of the year, away from the ball.
Dominique Wilson added 27 points for the Wolfpack but a go-ahead basket with 8 seconds left was waived off with an offensive foul when she charged Higgs.
North Carolina State (23-9) missed going to its first Sweet 16 since 2007.
Texas came out hot on its home court and shot 10-of-13 in scoring 28 points in a blistering first quarter. Texas threatened to make it a blowout but couldn’t keep up the pace and scored just nine points in the second as the Wolfpack rallied to within 37-36 by halftime. 23-9)
North Carolina State won some tough game on the road and wasn’t rattled by the deficit. Spencer and Wilson led the Wolfpack rally with tough drives to the basket time and time again and North Carolina State led by eight late in the third quarter. The problems came late when foul troubles started to mount late the fourth.
Texas goes on to the Lexington, Kentucky to play the winner of Monday’s matchup between Kansas State-Stanford.