FORT WORTH, Texas (KXAN) — The Longhorns will enter the Big 12 tournament on a high note after a 69-60 win at TCU Sunday afternoon to close out the regular season.
Texas (17-8, 11-7 in Big 12) clinched the No. 5 seed for the conference tournament last week, and will now head to Kansas City in hopes of boosting its NCAA Tournament resume’.
ESPN currently projects Texas will be a No. 7 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The entire 64-team tournament will be held in multiple venues in San Antonio. Selection Monday is March 15.
On Sunday, the Longhorns were led by Naismith Award semifinalist Charli Collier and Audrey Warren with 18 points each. Collier had 13 rebounds for her 17th double-double of the season – the second-most by a Division I player this year, according to Texas Athletics. Warren finished with a career-high 12 rebounds.
Collier announced her intention to forgo her senior season at Texas for the WNBA draft after the game. Collier is projected by experts to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 class.
Texas held TCU to 10 points in the first quarter and then stretched its lead to 43-27 at halftime.
TCU cut the deficit to five in the fourth quarter after a Lauren Heard jumper to make it 61-56, but UT was able to make 6-8 free throws in the final minutes.
The Big 12 women’s basketball tournament starts Thursday, but Texas will have a bye into the quarterfinal round set for Friday, March 12. The semifinals will be Saturday, March 13 with the championship game on March 14.
Big 12 tournament schedule
Thursday, March 11
Game 1: No. 8 TCU vs. No. 9 Kansas State | 5 p.m. | Big 12 Now on ESPN+
Game 2: No. 7 Texas Tech vs. No. 10 Kansas | 8 p.m. | Big 12 Now on ESPN+
Friday, March 12
No. 5 Texas vs. No. 4 Iowa State | 10:30 a.m. | ESPNU
No. 6 Oklahoma vs. No. 3 Oklahoma State | 1:30 p.m. | ESPNU
No. 1 Baylor vs. winner of Thursday’s Game 1 | 5:30 p.m. | Big 12 Now on ESPN+
No. 2 West Virginia vs. winner of Thursday’s Game 2 | 8:30 p.m. | Big 12 Now on ESPN+
Saturday, March 13
Big 12 semifinals at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Big 12 Now on ESPN+
Sunday, March 14
Big 12 championship game at 12 p.m. on ESPN2