For the second straight year, Texas will play in the Sweet 16.
Ariel Atkins scored 22 points and the Longhorns dominate inside to post a 73-55 victory over Missouri Monday night at the Erwin Center.
Texas (30-4) advances to the regional in Bridgeport, Conn., on Saturday. The Longhorns will play UCLA in the next round of the NCAA women’s basketball tournament. Time has not been determined.
Texas had a 47-33 edge in rebounds.
Freshman Lashann Higgs sparked the Longhorns early and finished with 11 points. Imani Boyette, playing her final game at the Erwin Center, scored 6 points and led both teams with 10 boards.
Boyette and fellow seniors Empress Davenport, Celina Rodrigo and Brady Sanders received standing ovations when leaving the game in the final minutes.
A Torrid First Half
After Missouri guard Sophie Cunningham nailed a pair of three-pointers to give the Tigers an early 6-0 lead, the Longhorns got mad, got even, and began to soar.
Ariel Atkins scored 10 points in the first half and Lashann Higgs chipped in 9 to help Texas gain a 36-21 lead at the break. The Tigers did not score in lane until forward Jordan Frericks hit a layup early in the third quarter.
Texas had an unexpected 22-0 lead in points in the paint in the half. The Horns also owned the boards, earning a 27-16 rebounding edge in the first two quarters. Cunningham would lead all scorers with 22 points.
Texas finished with a 38-10 edge in points in the paint.
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