Texas raced to a 9-0 lead and never looked back to defeat Texas Tech 81-57 in a Big 12 game Saturday at the Erwin Center.
Joyner Holmes scored 16 of her 20 points in the first half to help the Longhorns win with surprising ease. It was the second time this season the 6-3 junior forward has hit the 20-point plateau.
Texas improved to 21-6 overall, 11-4 in the Big 12. Tech falls to 12-14, 3-12.
The Longhorns have three regular-season games remaining, beginning with No. 1 Baylor Monday night in Waco. Tipoff is 6 p.m. It will be televised by FS1.
Texas, which has won 12 straight over Texas Tech, leads the series 73-29.
Holmes was the go-to player early, hitting her first three shots. When Danni Williams connected on a 3-pointer, Texas Tech coach Marlene Stollings called a timeout with Horns leading 9-0.
Texas, which led by as many as 25 points in the third quarter, appeared to relax too soon. Led by reserve Chrislyn Carr, the Lady Raiders sliced that lead to 47-25 with 5:30 left in the period.
Texas then went on an 11-0 run to stop the bleeding.
Williams contributed 16 points for Texas, which included three 3-pointers. Carr led the Lady Raiders with 17 points.
NOTES: Texas has 1,086 career victories, which ranks No. 5 in NCAA history. … Texas has held or tied for rebounding honors in 24 of 27 games. The Longhorns came in ranked No. 4 in the country, averaging 11 boards more than their opponents.
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