The No. 15 Texas Longhorns scored simply 6 points in the very first quarter, their star point player Rori Harmon missed her very first 12 shots from the field and the group ended up with a basket shooting portion of 31.7 — even worse than the opposing Kansas State Wildcats’ 32.7 — yet still won a Big 12 Tournament quarterfinal contest, 60-42, Friday afternoon at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City.
Texas (24-8, 14-4 Big 12) had the ability to travel to triumph in the end thanks to a 40-8 run from 5:00 in the 2nd to 7:41 in the 4th that brought ball game from 16-7 Wildcats to 47-24 Longhorns.
Shaylee Gonzales opened the stretch with a much-needed 3. Amina Muhammad then transformed on a 3-point play off an offending rebound-turned-layup. After that Harmon made a complimentary toss and DeYona Gaston included 2 more to connect the video game at 16 with 3:06 to enter the very first half. Texas was down 18-16 at the break.
A Taylor Jones 3-point play at the 6:32 mark of the 3rd offered the Longhorns their very first lead considering that 5-4 at 23-21. Texas later on got shift layups at 5:17 and 3:49 in the 3rd to make it 27-21 and 30-21, respectively. Harmon topped the frame with a mid-range make, her very first basket of the contest, that made it 39-22.
Shay Holle made the only other Texas 3 throughout the go to make it 45-24 2 minutes and 4 seconds into the 4th.
Jones ended up with 8 point and 11 rebounds, while Gaston had 13 points and 5 boards. Harmon was held to 2-of-15 shooting from the field and simply 5 points, however she did notch 4 rebounds, 7 helps and 4 takes.
Jaelyn Glenn published 15 points in defeat, while Serena Sundell included 9 points, 9 boards and 5 assistants for the Wildcats (17-16, 5-13 Big 12).
Winning the fight of the boards 48-35 assisted Texas conquer its bad shooting. The Longhorns likewise required 22 turnovers, 8 more than they devoted.
Texas was a No. 4 seed in ESPN’s newest bracketology; Kansas State belonged to the “next four out.”
The Longhorns will deal with the Oklahoma State Cowgirls in the semifinals on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET. The Cowgirls won a thriller over West Virginia previously on Friday.