Texas guard Lashann Higgs, left, steals the ball from Oklahoma State guard Alana Simon, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016. Higgs scored 7 points in the 78-48 win over Oklahoma State. (AP Photo/Brody Schmidt)

Women's Basketball

No. 4 Texas women rout Oklahoma State 78-48

Posted January 9th, 2016

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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.

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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.

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