AUSTIN, Texas— Junior guard/forward Joyner Holmes registered a season high 17-point performance to lead No. 11 The University of Texas Women’s Basketball team (15-3, 5-1 Big 12) past TCU (12-5, 2-4 Big 12), 73-67, on Saturday afternoon at the Frank Erwin Center. Holmes converted on 7-of-12 from the field while also chipping in four rebounds and three assists.
Senior guard Danni Williams scored 15 points, including 3-of-4 from three-point range, and also pulled down five rebounds. Freshman forward Charli Collier posted 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the floor and five rebounds in 16 minutes. Sophomore guard Destiny Littleton was the final Longhorn to score in double figures, recording 11 points in the win.
Williams and Littleton accounted for eight of Texas’ first 10 points as the Longhorns took an early 10-6 lead at the 4:34 mark of the first quarter. TCU ended the last 3:21 of the first quarter on an 11-2 run to take a three-point lead (18-15).
Texas connected on their first three field goal attempts to start the second quarter, allowing the Longhorns to re-capture a three-point advantage (21-18) at the 8:16 mark. Sug Sutton found Collier for a layup with three seconds left to push UT’s cushion to seven (33-26) at the half. Texas’ aggressive defense held TCU to just 2-of-17 shooting (11.8 percent) from the floor, including 0-of-11 to end the half.
The Longhorns opened up the second half with a 7-0 spurt to double their half time lead (40-26) at the 7:45 mark. Texas connected on three consecutive three-pointers to maintain a 15-point margin (53-38) with 2:19 remaining in the third quarter. TCU finished a driving layup in the waning seconds of the third quarter to trim Texas’ lead to just nine (55-46) prior to the final period of play.
Trailing by as many as 15, TCU used a 6-1 run at the start of the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to just four (56-52) at the 8:22 mark. The Horned Frogs capped a 7-0 run with a corner three-pointer to make it just a one-point game (60-59) with just 3:15 remaining. Texas connected on 6-of-8 from the free throw line over the last 1:35 to seal the victory.
- The Longhorns used the starting lineup of Joyner Holmes, Jada Underwood, Jatarie White, Sug Sutton and Danni Williams.
- Holmes scored a season high 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the floor. Holmes also pulled down four rebounds, dished out three assists and recorded two blocks in 28 minutes.
- Collier fell just one point shy of tying her career high with points, posting a 14-point and five-rebound performance on 5-of 6 shooting from the floor in just 16 minutes of court time.
- Williams recorded another strong performance, contributing 15 points and connecting on 3-of-4 three-pointers. Williams also chipped in five rebounds and two assists in 38 minutes.
- Sutton had an all-around performance, recording nine points, seven assists and seven rebounds. Through 18 games, Sutton is averaging 5.9 assists per game.
- Littleton’s 11-point outing marks her ninth game scoring in double figures this season.
- Texas held the TCU offense to just 2-of-17 (11.8 percent) shooting from the field in the second quarter. This marks the sixth time Texas’ defense has held an opponent to two or fewer field goals made in a quarter. In addition, TCU’s 11.8 shooting percentage is the second lowest by a Texas opponent this season (last vs. Michigan on 11/24/18, who shot 1-of-13 (7.7 percent)).
- Texas’ defense capitalized on TCU’s miscues, converting 16 TCU turnovers into 24 points.
- TCU prevented Texas from capitalizing on fast break opportunities, holding to Longhorns to just two fast break points. This is the fourth time Texas has been held to just two fast break points this season.
Texas returns to action on Wednesday when they take on Kansas. Tip-off from the Frank Erwin Center is slated for 7 p.m. CT and the game will be televised on the Longhorn Network. Listeners can tune into 105.3 FM in Austin or at TexasSports.com/audio.