The Dallas Morning News
Longhorns shut down troublesome freshman
Guard who scored 23 points in Austin struggles in rematch
STILLWATER, Okla. — Texas was ready for Oklahoma State and freshman guard Braxtin Miller this time.
Brooke McCarty scored 17 points to help No. 6 Texas defeat the 21st-ranked Cowgirls 77-62 on Saturday.
Miller scored 23 points in the first matchup between the teams on Jan. 3, when Texas escaped with an 84-79 win. She scored just 12 on 4 for 13 shooting in the rematch.
“Once you’ve played somebody, you kind of understand that a little bit better,” Texas coach Karen Aston said. “Our players had a better grasp of her today.”
Ariel Atkins scored 15 points, Jatarie White scored 12 and Joyner Holmes added 10 for the Longhorns on Saturday. Texas (22-4, 13-2 Big 12) outrebounded the Cowgirls 44-37 to win its seventh straight game. No. 3 Baylor 88, Kansas 51: In Waco, Kristy Wallace scored 26 points, and Kalani Brown added 20. Dekeiya Cohen and Lauren Cox scored 11 apiece for Baylor (25-1, 15-0 Big 12), which shot 51 percent from the floor.
The Lady Bears didn’t commit a turnover until 4:10 remained in the third quarter. They also took advantage of Kansas’ 21 miscues and outscored the Jayhawks 34-3 in points off turnovers. TCU 87, Kansas State 70: In Fort Worth, TCU snapped its four-game losing streak in convincing fashion. TCU (17-9, 8-7 Big 12) had a 17-point lead at halftime, and the lead never went below 12 points in the second half as the Frogs shot 54 percent for the game.
Amy Okonkwo led TCU with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Fellow post player Jordan Moore added 16 points as she and Okonkwo combined to shoot 15 of 21 from the floor and 8 for 8 at the free throw line.
Oklahoma 79, West Virginia 77: In Morgantown, W. Va., Vionise Pierre-Louis scored on a putback with one second left in overtime off a miss from Shaina Pellington to deliver the win for the Sooners (14-12, 9-6 Big 12).
Pellington led OU with 22 points, while Pierre-Louis collected her 19th career doubledouble with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
The victory marked OU’s first win against West Virginia (19-8, 7-8) on the road in series history. The Sooners had to rally twice, first down 20 points in the second quarter. OU battled back to take the lead at the end of the third quarter, but a 3-pointer from WVU's Katrina Pardee sent the game to overtime.
Iowa State 57, Texas Tech
49: In Ames, Iowa, the Lady Raiders rally in the second half fell short. Tech trailed by eight with two minutes to play, but a 4-0 run by the Cyclones ended the chances of the Lady Raiders (7-19, 1-14 Big 12). Wichita State 52, SMU 45: Host SMU whittled a 13-point fourth-quarter Wichita State lead down to as few as five in the final minutes, but the Mustangs couldn’t complete the comeback.
SMU freshman Ariana Whitfield scored 14 points and led the Mustangs with seven rebounds and three steals. Senior McKenzie Adams (Frisco Centennial) had 14 points and a team-high three assists.
UT-Arlington 38, Louisiana 33: In Lafayette, La., UTA completed a sweep of the season series with the Ragin’ Cajuns.
Rebekah VanDijk led UTA (16-10, 10-5 Sun Belt) with 11 points. UTA shot just 34.9 percent from the field.