Kansas State University

No. 12 Texas women beat No. 24 Kansas State for No. 2 seed in tournament

Joyner Holmes scored 17 points, Lashann Higgs added 16 and No. 12 Texas beat No. 24 Kansas State 69-61 on Monday night to secure No. 2 seed in the Big 12 Conference Tournament.

Kelsey Lang hit a baseline jumper with 1:57 to go for a 61-54 lead and she fouled out 13 seconds later. Then Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau picked up her fifth foul with 1:22 left, but Kansas State missed both free throws and trailed 64-55.

Higgs made four straight free throws with under two minutes left, the last for a 10-point lead at the 1:06 mark.

Brianna Taylor added 12 points with 11 rebounds for Texas (22-7, 15-3), which broke a three-game losing streak. The Longhorns won their 15th conference game to tie the 2002-03 and 2015-16 teams for the program record.

Karyla Middlebrook scored 14 and Breanna Lewis had 12 points and nine rebounds for Kansas State (21-9, 11-7), which lost for the first time in four games.

Kansas State didn’t score for the first five minutes of the game and trailed 9-5 after the first quarter. Texas built a 27-19 halftime lead with 11 points from Joyner Holmes.

TEXAS (22-7): Lang 2-6 0-0 4, Atkins 4-12 2-2 10, Higgs 6-11 4-5 16, Holmes 6-14 5-5 17, McCarty 1-10 0-0 3, Aborowa 0-2 0-0 0, Caron-Goudreau 0-1 0-0 0, Hosey 1-1 1-2 3, Sutton 1-4 0-0 2, Taylor 6-10 0-0 12, Underwood 1-1 0-0 2, Totals 28-72 12-14 69.

KANSAS ST. (21-9): Sheble 1-1 0-0 2, Lewis 3-10 6-8 12, Martin 1-4 0-0 3, Thomson 0-0 0-0 0, Wesemann 3-14 4-4 11, Page 4-5 0-2 10, Page 1-3 0-0 2, Williams 2-4 1-3 5, Willock 0-8 2-2 2, Goth 0-2 0-0 0, Middlebrook 3-11 8-8 14, Totals 18-62 21-27 61.

Texas

9

18

18

24

69

Kansas St.

5

14

22

20

61

3-Point Goals—Texas 1-8 (McCarty 1-6, Sutton 0-2), Kansas St. 4-16 (Martin 1-2, Wesemann 1-8, Page 2-2, Page 0-2, Middlebrook 0-2). Assists—Texas 14 (McCarty 4), Kansas St. 11 (Martin 3). Fouled Out—Texas Lang, Caron-Goudreau, Rebounds—Texas 44 (Taylor 11), Kansas St. 39 (Lewis 9). Total Fouls—Texas 26, Kansas St. 20. A—4,541.

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