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Will the win over Tennessee get the Texas women pointed in the right direction?

It took a victory over old rival Tennessee to breathe life into a Texas basketball team that still aspires to be great. Sunday’s 72-67 home win over the Lady Vols couldn’t have been timed any better, coach Karen Aston and junior point guard Brooke McCarty said. It was Texas’ last … Read More

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Texas guard Brooke McCarty earns fans’ choice for NCAA.com ‘Starting Five’

Each week, NCAA.com shines some light on five outstanding performers across women’s college basketball. This week, Texas junior guard Brooke McCarty made the cut, and she has the fans to thank. The website put out a poll on Twitter so fans could vote for who should get the fifth spot, and McCarty … Read More

Late surge lifts Texas over Tennessee 72-67

Texas was on the verge of losing another “measuring stick” game until the Longhorns showed some resolve. The Longhorns, who blew a 15-point first-half lead, played their best when it mattered most — in the fourth quarter. Freshman Jada Underwood scored a career-high 13 points and  Brooke McCarty also scored … Read More

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Quick Take: Texas 72, Tennessee 67

Brooke McCarty scored 13 points and Texas held off a late Tennessee rally to beat the Lady Vols 72-67 Sunday at the Erwin Center. Texas improved to 3-4. Tennessee is 4-4. Texas got off the blocks quickly, zooming to a 9-0 lead in the first three minutes. Center Kelsey Lang … Read More

Karen Aston: Texas-Tennessee is a measuring stick for both basketball teams

With final exams wrapping up, the Texas women’s basketball team faces another kind of final — its last major non-conference test of the season before Big 12 play begins. Yes, Tennessee is in town. Both the Longhorns (2-4) and Lady Vols (4-3) are in dire need of a victory Sunday … Read More

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No. 2 UConn wins 82nd straight, beats No. 14 Texas 72-54

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Geno Auriemma and his UConn Huskies are finding new ways to win each game. It seems that a different player steps up every game. It was Napheesa Collier’s turn on Sunday. Collier scored 24 points and No. 2 UConn won its 82nd consecutive game with a … Read More

The latest litmus test for the Texas women? Mighty UConn, that’s all

Karen Aston compares her team’s brutal early schedule to what the Longhorns will see in the NCAA Tournament. Maybe in the Sweet 16. Elite Eight. Final Four. Texas, ranked No. 14 in the country, has absorbed losses to No. 3 South Carolina, No. 10 Mississippi State and No. 11 Stanford. Read More

No. 3 South Carolina hits free throws, tops Texas 76-67

After suffering another early-season defeat, the faces of the Texas basketball team reflected a mix of dejection and hope. There was no joy in losing 76-67 to No. 3 South Carolina Thursday night at the Erwin Center. The crowd of 3,300 — and a national TV audience — witnessed a … Read More

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Game over! South Carolina 76, Texas 67

A’Ja Wilson scored a career-high 31 points to lead No. 3 South Carolina to a 76-67 victory over No. 14 Texas Thursday night at the Erwin Center. Wilson, a 6-5 junior, took over when USC’s best player, center Alaina Coates, got into early foul trouble. Wilson connected on 12 of … Read More

The latest measuring stick for the Texas women? No. 3 Gamecocks, No. 2 Huskies

Karen Aston is hoping Texas’ baptism-by-fire of a non-conference schedule will benefit the Longhorns when Big 12 play starts later this month. No. 14 Texas has already lost games to No. 11 Stanford and No. 10 Mississippi State. The frying pan is even hotter now; the Longhorns (2-2) host No. Read More

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Brooke McCarty nominated for national award

Junior Texas point guard Brooke McCarty is among 50 players  who have been named to the preseason watch list for the 2017 Naismith Women’s College Player of the Year award, it was announced Wednesday by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. A three-year starter, McCarty averages a team-high 16.3 points per game … Read More

Bigger games await, but the Texas women get back on winning track, 86-39

The Texas women will find out soon enough if they are making significant progress toward their goal of becoming a better team than last season. Just not on Wednesday. Reserve guard Lashann Higgs scored 14 points as the 14th-ranked Longhorns defeated Northwestern State, an opponent that presented little challenge, 86-39. Read More

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Texas women cruise past Northwestern State, 86-39

The Texas women will find out soon enough if they are making progress toward their goal of becoming a better team than last season. Just not on Wednesday. Reserve guard Lashann Higgs scored 14 points as the 14th-ranked Longhorns defeated Northwestern State, an opponent that presented little challenge, 86-39 at … Read More

Karen Aston: It’s a long season, and No. 14 Texas isn’t panicking

Karen Aston knew her young and inexperienced team might suffer growing pains when the Longhorns earned the No. 8 ranking in the Associated Press’ preseason Top 25 poll. Now, after a pair of double-digit road losses against quality teams, the fifth-year Texas coach said her players have been “exposed.” Stanford … Read More

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No. 8 Texas women’s basketball falls to No. 10 Mississippi State 79-68

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State stars Victoria Vivians and Morgan William were at their best during the 10th-ranked Bulldogs’ 79-68 victory over No. 8 Texas on Sunday. That wasn’t a surprise. It’s what the Bulldogs did without those two on the floor that turned some heads. William scored 23 … Read More

Texas victory over HBU rings loud and clear for 5,000 elementary school kids

They came, they saw, they turned the Erwin Center into a no-hear zone. A crowd of 6,378 — including roughly 5,000 students from 40 area elementary schools — danced, screamed, chanted and cheered while the Texas women’s basketball team humbled Houston Baptist 98-46 Wednesday morning at the Erwin Center. By … Read More

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Texas beats Houston Baptist 98-46 before 6,378 fans

Freshman Joyner Holmes scored 22 points and gathered nine rebounds to pace No. 8 Texas to a 98-46 victory over Houston Baptist before 6,378 fans Wednesday at the Erwin Center. Roughly 5,000 elementary kids representing 40 area schools attended the first home game of the regular season. Brooke McCarty hit … Read More

Bring on the kids: Texas women’s home opener should draw a big crowd

A crowd of roughly 5,000 boisterous kids at the Erwin Center on Wednesday morning should help the Texas women forget about their season-opening defeat Monday night at Stanford. The eighth-ranked Longhorns, tired and disappointed, got back to Austin around 3 a.m. Tuesday morning after their 71-59 loss to the 11th-ranked … Read More

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McPhee’s career night leads No. 11 Stanford past No. 8 Texas

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Even in November, Tara VanDerveer prepares her team for March by scheduling tough games and treating them like NCAA Tournament matchups. Crisp ball movement and balance carried Stanford. Brittany McPhee scored a career-high 28 points, Erica McCall added 17 points and six blocked shots, … Read More

Texas women open with a strong mix of veterans, highly-regarded freshmen

Friends and fans consistently remind Karen Aston that the 2017 Final Four for women’s basketball will be played in Dallas. “No pressure there!” the fifth-year Texas coach told a group of media reps. Instead of shielding her players from optimistic followers of Longhorns basketball, Aston welcomes the commentary. Texas has … Read More