Sophomore guard Brooke McCarty scored a career-high 23 points, including 16 in the fourth quarter, and No. 6 Texas rallied from a 13-point deficit after three quarters to defeat Arkansas-Little Rock 66-56 on Sunday afternoon in Little Rock, Ark.
The Longhorns (7-0), who trailed 48-35 after three quarters, outscored the Trojans 31-8 in the final period. Texas shot 66.7 percent (10 of 15) from the field in the final period and went 9 of 12 from the free-throw line in the fourth.
“Little Rock disrupted us for a long time, but we were able to get a couple of stops and a few points in the fourth quarter and settled in,” Texas coach Karen Aston said.
“We didn’t match up with them very well and we weren’t very connected defensively. We dug ourselves a hole, but we got a couple of stops and it got our energy going. We’ll grow from this.”
McCarty was a perfect 4 for 4 from the field in the fourth quarter, including 2 for 2 from beyond the arc, and 6 of 6 from the free-throw line in the fourth. McCarty finished the game 8 for 8 from the free-throw line.
Junior center Kelsey Lang tied a season high with 12 points to go with six rebounds, while senior center Imani Boyette had 10 points and a team-high seven rebounds.
Senior guard Empress Davenport totaled eight points and four rebounds and junior guard Brianna Taylor added seven points and six rebounds.
The Longhorns shot 48.1 percent (25 of 52) from the field, while the Trojans shot 46.3 percent (25 of 54). The Texas bench accounted for more than half of the team’s points and outscoring the Little Rock reserves 35-14.
Little Rock (2-4) was led by 21 points from Sharde Collins, while the season’s leading scorer, Shanity James, finished with 12.
The Longhorns scored 15 unanswered points to start the final period. Texas took the lead, 50-48, on a jumper by Boyette at the 4:48 mark
Following a jumper by James that ended Texas’ scoring spree, the Longhorns then rattled off 10 consecutive points to take a 60-50 advantage with 1:15 left.
The Longhorns will next play host to No. 16 Stanford starting at noon on Sunday.