AUSTIN, TX -- Texas took the lead in the first quarter and didn't let go, finishing out the period on top by 11. Longhorns guard Brooke McCarty couldn't be stopped from behind the arch, scoring all three of her 3-point attempts, ending the period as the leading scorer for Texas with 9 points on the board.
Kansas didn't fold from the 11-point lead, cutting the deficit to five in the first three minutes of the second period. This was the closest the Jayhawks came to catching up, as the Longhorns turned it around and shut down Kansas's offensive opportunities and capitalized on their mistakes - scoring 19 unanswered points to take a dominate 24-point lead over the Jayhawks to end the half.
Texas ended the half on top 39-15 thanks to a resounding team effort. Senior center Imani Boyette lead the Horns with 10 points in the half, followed closely by McCarty's 9, and center Kelsey Lang's 8 points.
"The game tonight I thought really the difference was the first half, the 16 points they got off of our 16 turnovers." Kansas Head Coach Brandon Schneider commented. "We did a poor job of taking adequate care of the basketball. But Texas can be disruptive; obviously, points are hard to come by for us in the paint, with the size that they present."
The Jayhawks were unable to compete with the sheer size of some of the Texas players, especially with Boyette, who stands at 6-foot-7.
Texas's tenacity didn't end in the first half - the Horns continued to push ahead and maintained a near 20-point lead through the first half of the third period. Kansas's sole hope to keep up with the thriving Texas offense came from center Lauren Aldridge with 15 points followed by forward Caelynn Manning-Allen with 10, but their effort was not enough. The Longhorns ended the third quarter on top with a resounding 56-32 lead.
Texas continued to triumph into the fourth quarter, maintaining a near 30-point lead throughout the first half of the quarter. The Jayhawks were able to put 13 points on the board in the quarter, but the small comeback wasn't enough to rally against the steep deficit. The Longhorns closed out the game winning 70-46.
"The best part about tonight was that everybody got to be a part of it, and all the players got a chance to get on the floor and it'll be a memory that they will have forever, so I'm pleased with the outcome," Texas Head Coach Karen Aston said about the landmark victory.
The victory secures the historic landmark for Texas of 1000 wins in the program's history; a feat only four other NCAA Division I schools have accomplished.
"It just kind of humbles you, and you see how blessed you are to be in such a historic program because as you said it's only five teams in school history, so for us to be considered good enough to play here at Texas, it's just amazing," Boyette commented on the win.
The win puts the Longhorns at 19-1 and 8-1 in the Big 12, and Kansas at 5-15 and 0-9 in the Big 12.