By Steve Lansdale
NORMAN, Okla. — The No. 6/5 University of Texas women’s basketball team’s six-game winning streak came to an abrupt end Sunday with a 74-56 loss at No. 21 Oklahoma.
Sophomore guard Brooke McCarty led all scorers with 19 points, but the Sooners had five players who scored in double figures.
The loss dropped Texas to 22-2 overall and 11-2 in games against Big 12 opponents. The Sooners improved to 17-7 overall and 8-5 in conference games. UT won the first meeting between the teams this season, knocking off OU, 83-76, Jan. 23 in Austin.
Texas head coach Karen Aston didn’t question her team’s effort, but said the Sooners deserved the victory.
"We just didn't look like we had the competitive spirit," Aston said. "I thought we fought hard, but we weren't nearly as competitive as they were. They were just the better team today."
In leading the Texas offense, McCarty hit six of her 15 field goal attempts, including three of seven shots from behind the three-point arc, and she tied her career high with three steals.
Senior center Imani Boyette had eight points, six rebounds and four blocked shots, while guards Empress Davenport and Lashann Higgs tallied six points apiece.
The difference in the game could be simplified to the fact that the Sooners simply shot better from the floor: OU hit 24 of 58 field goals (41.4 percent), while UT hit just 18 of 62 (29.0 percent). The Sooners also enjoyed a slight edge in accuracy on three-point shots, connecting on 33.3 percent (6/18), while the Longhorns hit 30.8 percent (4/13) from long range.
The ’Horns will try to get back on the winning track at 7 PM Saturday when Kansas State visits the Frank Erwin Center for a game that will be televised live in the Longhorn Network.