BEVO BEAT Women's Basketball

It’s over: Texas 73, Missouri 55

Next stop: Bridgeport, Conn.

Posted March 21st, 2016

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Texas center Imani Boyette (34) drives past Missouri guard Sierra Michaelis (24) during a second-round women's college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament, Monday, March 21, 2016, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Texas center Imani Boyette (34) drives past Missouri guard Sierra Michaelis (24) during a second-round women’s college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament, Monday, March 21, 2016, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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.

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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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