Sooners Topped by No. 7/8 Texas, 79-66
AUSTIN, Texas — Brooke McCarty and Ariel Atkins celebrated their senior night by scoring 17 and 15 points, respectively, helping No. 7 Texas beat Oklahoma 79-66 on Tuesday night in the final regular season game for both teams.
The two guards contributed in other areas well. Atkins produced seven rebounds, six assists and four steals. McCarty had six rebounds, four assists and three steals.
Junior Lashann Higgs pitched in 16 points.
Texas (24-5, 15-3 Big 12) is 104-30 since Atkins and McCarty joined the program.
Vionise Pierre-Louis led Oklahoma (16-13, 11-7) with 19 points. Shaina Pellington and Ana Llanusa, both candidates for Big 12 Freshman of the Year, scored 15 and 14 points for the Sooners.
Atkins tweaked her ankle while landing after making a jump shot with 6:35 left in the third quarter. She went straight to the bench but returned less than two minute later and made a 3-point basket and an assist before the period ended.
Texas made an 8-0 push during the final 1:42 of the first half to take a 40-32 lead. Atkins led the surge with two baskets, an assist and a steal that led to a fast-break layup by Higgs for the final points of the half.
Atkins finished the half with 10 points, three assists and two steals.
Oklahoma: The Sooners, who won six of their previous seven games, were hoping to accomplish something Iowa State did last season: beat Texas on senior night to help their chances of an invitation to the NCAA Tournament. Oklahoma has the No. 2 ranked strength of schedule in the country but is 2-9 against Associated Press top-25 teams.
Texas: Though the Longhorns celebrated senior night for three players before their final regular season game, they are almost surely to make at least one more appearance at home. The top 16 seeded teams in the NCAA Tournament are host schools for first and second-round games. In addition to its No. 7 ranking this week in the Associated Press poll, Texas is No. 11 in the RPI computer rankings.
Both teams will play in the Big 12 tournament in Oklahoma City, which begins on Friday. Texas and Oklahoma have first round byes and will not play until Saturday.