Texas guard Tasia Foman (22) drives to the basket against Alabama State during a first-round women's college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament, Saturday, March 19, 2016, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

BEVO BEAT Women's Basketball

Instant reax: Texas 86, Alabama State 42

Longhorns advance to play Missouri on Monday

Posted March 19th, 2016


Ariel Atkins scored 15 points, Empress Davenport scored 13 and Imani Boyette hit the glass for 10 rebounds as Texas opened the NCAA women’s basketball tournament with an 86-42 victory over Alabama State Saturday night at the Erwin Center.

Texas (29-4) did not look rusty after coming off a 12-day break. The Longhorns had a 40-4 edge in points in the paint.

Texas, up 32-22 at halftime, used a 10-point run to open the third quarter to pull away. A pull-up jumper by Ariel Atkins with 6:48 to play in the third put Texas up 42-22 and forced Alabama State coach Freda Freeman-Jackson to call a timeout.


Texas outscored the Hornets 26-5 in the third quarter to take a 58-27 lead after the third.

Up next: Texas will continue its journey in the NCAA Tournament at 8 p.m. Monday against Missouri.

Missouri (22-9) was led by forward Jordan Frericks, who scored 20 points, and guard Sophie Cunningham tallied 19 to pace the 10th-seeded Tigers to a 78-69 victory over No. 7 seed BYU Saturday night.

Missouri’s victory came exactly 15 years since the Tigers last won a game in the NCAA Tournament.

The winner of Monday’s game will advance to the Sweet 16 round of tournament and play in Bridgeport, Conn., on Saturday.




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