AUSTIN, Texas—Junior guard Sug Sutton and senior guard Danni Williams both scored a team-high 19 points, but a comeback by the No. 14 Texas Women’s Basketball team (18-5, 8-3 Big 12) fell short in a loss to No. 1 Baylor (20-1, 10-0 Big 12), 74-68, on Monday night at the Frank Erwin Center. Sutton converted on 7-of-15 from floor and added six assists in 38 minutes. Williams connected on 7-of-13 attempts, including a 5-of-8 clip from three-point range, while also chipping in six rebounds and five assists.
The Longhorns opened the game shooting a perfect 3-of-3 from three-point range as Texas took an early 9-6 lead at the 4:40 mark of the first quarter. Baylor ended the last 5:18 of the first quarter on a 15-3 run to capture a seven-point advantage (19-12).
Trailing by as many as 14 points in the second quarter, consecutive baskets by Sug Sutton and Jatarie White trimmed the deficit to just six (30-24) with 2:51 remaining in the half. Sutton beat the buzzer, draining her third three-pointer of the night as time expired to pull the Longhorns within seven (36-29) at the break.
White knocked down a free throw to snap a Texas scoring drought that lasted over three minutes, but the Longhorns would trail by 19 (57-38) with 2:32 left in the third quarter. Eight straight points by Williams, including two three-pointers, cut Baylor’s lead to seven (67-60) with 2:53 left in the game.
A pair of free throws by Sutton pulled UT within four (70-66) with 35.7 seconds remaining, the closest margin since the 2:15 mark of the first quarter. The Lady Bears knocked down four free throws over the last 30 seconds to secure the victory.
- The Longhorns used the starting lineup of Holmes, Jada Underwood, White, Sutton and Williams.
- Sutton scored a team-high 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting from the floor, while also dishing out six assists. This marks the 17th time Sutton has recorded five or more assists in a game this season. Over 23 games, Sutton is averaging 5.6 assists per game.
- Williams had an all-around night, contributing 19 points, six rebounds and five assists. Williams’ five assists marked a season-high. In addition, this is the first time Williams has recorded at least 15 points, five assists and five rebounds in a game this season.
- Williams was clicking from downtown, connecting on 5-of-8 from three-point range. This marks the seventh time in Williams’ career and second time this season she has registered five made three-pointers in a game.
- White also had a solid night, scoring 13 points on 5-of-12 shooting from the floor, while also pulling down seven rebounds in 29 minutes. This marks White’s 15th time scoring in double-figures this season.
- The three-ball was falling for the Longhorns on Monday night, a team that averages five three-point makes per game, as Texas connected on 9-of-17 (52.9 percent) from three-point range against the Lady Bears. Texas’ nine makes from long distance is tied for the second-most made three-pointers this season.
Texas hits the road as it takes on Kansas on Saturday, Feb 9. Tip-off from Lawrence is slated for 7 p.m. CT and the game will be broadcast by ESPN3. Listeners can tune into 105.3 FM in Austin or at TexasSports.com/Audio for a broadcast of the contest.