AUSTIN, Texas — The day was made for Texas Women’s Basketball. Texas completed their eight-straight win of the final regular season at the Frank Erwin Center by overpowering Oklahoma State 65-50 before the largest crowd (12,506) of the season.
The win concludes Texas’ regular season with a record of 23-6 overall and 13-5 in Big 12 Conference play. The win gives Texas a No. 3 seed for the upcoming Big 12 Championship held at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City March 10-13.
Senior Lauren Ebo scored a season high 17 points, hit 6-9 field goals, 5-6 free throws, and six rebounds. Ebo shared that she did not know until after the game she scored a season high.
Senior Joanne Allen-Taylor scored four points, had four assists, and two rebounds.
Senior Audrey Warren scored eight points and pulled down five rebounds.
Freshman Rori Harmon was electric, scoring 13 points shooting 6-9 field goals, four assists, four steals, three rebounds, Harmon juked her defender several times at the top of the key going right then left before driving into the paint and pulling up to take a fade away jumper.
Aaliyah Moore had a productive game with eight points, five rebounds, two steals and one block. Deyona Gaston scored two and had two blocks. Aliyah Matharu scored seven with one block. Latasha Lattimore recorded six points and two offensive rebounds.
Impact Of The Game
On Feb 22 in a zoom media availability, we asked coach Schaefer a question about what it would mean to him and the players to have the Frank Erwin Center packed for the last two games of the season. Schaefer’s heartfelt response was twisted and social media tried to create more rat poison, however Texas and the fans (aka Texas Family) would not have any of that and responded in their normal first-class positive way.
Schaefer led the way igniting a chain of events that was nothing short of amazing. After the second to last game at the Erwin Centers that saw 4,157 Texas fans come out to support Texas Women’s Basketball, Schaefer committed to donating $10,000 to the Neighborhood Longhorns Program(NLP) if 10,000 fans attended the last game of the regular season.
Schaefer’s giving was matched by Michael Huff, Vince Young, Nyle Maxwell, BEVO XV, The Silver Spurs and others to bring the total to $120,000. Unofficially, the amount has now grown to $135,000.
The money goes to the Neighborhood Longhorns Program(NLP) that changes lives of kids in Central Texas. To fully appreciate the impact NLP has and what the program is about visit www.neighborhoodlonghorns.org or click here for details of the program.
Seniors reflect on their impact on kids
We asked the three seniors Audrey Warren, Joanne Allen-Taylor, and Lauren Ebo, at the post-game press conference, to share their thoughts on being role models and their impact on kids.
Photos: Senior Day Recognition
photos by Jose Mendez / Horns Illustrated
Texas Cheer and Pom
photos Jose Mendez / Horns Illustrated