KANSAS CITY, Mo (KXAN) – The Texas women’s basketball team dropped the Big 12 tournament title game to Iowa State on Sunday 61-51. The Longhorns were trying to defend their conference tournament crown after winning it a season ago.

Now Texas (25-9, 14-5) awaits its NCAA Tournament seed. The co-regular season Big 12 champions have been commonly projected as a four-seed, which would mean the Longhorns would host the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament.

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After holding a 1-point lead at halftime, Texas struggled to keep pace with the Cyclones in the second half. Iowa State outscored the Longhorns 21-12 in the third quarter and never looked back.

Shaylee Gonzales and Taylor Jones led the way for the Longhorns with 12 points each. Big 12 Player of the Year Ashley Joens had a game-high 28 points for Iowa State.

The Big 12 Tournament Championship for Iowa State is its first since 2001.

The Longhorns will begin in the NCAA Tournament either Friday or Saturday. The bracket will be revealed at 7 p.m. Sunday evening.