STILLWATER, Okla. — Freshman Jordan Hosey and senior Imani Boyette each scored 12 points as the No. 4 Texas women’s basketball team jumped out to a big early lead and routed Oklahoma State 78-48 on Saturday night.
Boyette added 11 rebounds, and Empress Davenport and Ariel Atkins each had nine points for the Longhorns, who are off to the third-best start in school history at 15-0. It is the best start to a season since the national championship year of 1985-86. UT is 4-0 to begin Big 12 Conference play for the first time since the 2002-03 season, when it won its first five league games.
Brittney Martin led Oklahoma State (12-3, 2-2) with 17 points and 13 rebounds. The Cowgirls shot 27.8 percent (15 for 54) from the field.
The Longhorns led 25-7 after one quarter and 43-13 at the half. Texas took a game-high lead of 40 points at 67-27 on Boyette’s free throw with 7 minutes, 37 seconds remaining
The Longhorns jumped out to a 13-2 advantage at the start of the game while limiting the Cowgirls to just 1-of-10 shooting, including seven straight misses.
Texas had a 14-0 run in a 4:21 span bridging the first and second quarters, going ahead 34-7 on Brady Sanders’ free throw with 6:32 left in the second.
Up to that point, Oklahoma State had shot 3 for 15 from the floor. It didn’t get much better the rest of the quarter, as the Cowgirls ended the first half shooting 4 for 25 (16 percent) after missing eight consecutive shots.
Hosey became the seventh Longhorn to at least share in the team lead for points in a game this season. Over the past six contests, Texas has had a different player top the scoring each time.
Oklahoma State matched a season low, scoring six points in the second quarter. They also had six points in the second quarter of their 52-45 win over then-No. 4 Baylor on Dec. 30 (although they surrendered just two points in that quarter to the Bears).
Up next for Texas is a road game against Kansas at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Oklahoma State will visit Kansas State the same night.