WACO, Texas (KXAN) — The No. 25 Texas Longhorns held Baylor scoreless for nearly half of the final quarter to run away with a 68-55 victory in Big 12 Conference women’s basketball action Sunday at the Ferrell Center.
The Longhorns held Baylor scoreless for the final 4:04 and 31% shooting for the game at 18-for-58. Baylor had 73 possessions in the game, two more than the Longhorns at 71. Texas outrebounded the Bears 48-34 and blocked eight shots.
“We showed tremendous fight and toughness today,” Longhorns head coach Vic Schaefer said. “We executed really well in the second half, and we were really athletic and quick. We contested shots and I thought we were really good today.”
Five players scored in double figures for the Longhorns, four of whom tied for the team-high with 13 points. Rori Harmon, Shaylee Gonzales, DeYona Gaston and Sonya Morris all scored 13 points with Gaston notching a double-double with 11 rebounds. Taylor Jones scored 10 points with seven rebounds and three blocked shots before fouling out in 21 minutes.
Harmon went down hard with an injury with 3:34 left in the fourth quarter and didn’t return. Schaefer said he didn’t know the extent of her injury immediately after the game. Harmon missed the first six games of the season with a foot injury.
Texas shot 56% from the field in the second half after struggling to shoot 28% in the first half. The Longhorns made 19 shots in the second half to just nine in the first.
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For Baylor, Sarah Andrews scored a game-high 19 points on 5-for-16 shooting and Ja’Mee Asberry chipped in 13 points. Caitlin Bickle pulled down 10 rebounds for the Bears.
For the first time since 2004, Baylor entered this week’s play without a top-25 ranking by the Associated Press.
Texas (14-6, 5-2 Big 12 Conference) hosts Oklahoma on Wednesday. Baylor (13-6, 4-3) travels to Lubbock to take on Texas Tech on Saturday.