McCarty, Holmes lead No. 6 Texas past Texas Tech 87-72
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Brooke McCarty and Joyner Holmes scored 13 points apiece to help No. 6 Texas beat Texas Tech 87-72 on Wednesday night.
Five Longhorns reached double figures as they beat Tech for the 10th straight time. Sug Sutton scored 12, Jatarie White 11 and Ariel Atkins 10 also reached double figures for Texas (21-4, 12-2 Big 12).
Dayo Alabode led Tech (7-18, 1-13 Big 12) with 19 points. She made five 3-pointers. Jada Terry added 17 for Tech, which has lost seven in a row.
Texas beat Texas Tech by 51 points on Jan. 24 in Lubbock, the largest margin of victory ever for the Longhorns in a Big 12 game.
The Longhorns could not pull away from Tech in this one until late in the third quarter.
Texas made a 12-0 push fueled by six points from McCarty in a span of 15 seconds. First McCarty made a 3-pointer, then she stole the ball from Grayson Bright and turned that into a three-point play. The Longhorns soon led by 19.
Texas Tech: The Lady Raiders played significantly better than they did during the 90-39 loss to Texas in Lubbock. Tech trailed by 25 at halftime in Lubbock but by just seven on Wednesday. The 6-foot-4 Terry and 6-5 Erin Degrate punished Texas inside Wednesday, combining for 18 points in the first half. They scored 11 between them the entire game in Lubbock.
Texas: The Longhorns have 10 high school All-Americans, but they could have used the defense and toughness that a player who did not receive that honor often provides. Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau, a 6-foot-4 senior who leads Texas in blocked shots, missed the game with a bone contusion to her left wrist that she suffered on Saturday against Kansas State. Texas was soft defensively inside. Texas has not provided a timetable for her return.
Texas Tech is at Iowa State on Saturday. Tech lost to Iowa State 66-54 on Jan. 13 in Lubbock.
Texas is at No. 21 Oklahoma State on Saturday. The Longhorns defeated Oklahoma State 84-79 on Jan. 3 in Austin after trailing by six with less than four minutes remaining.