Texas women celebrate after game introductions against New Orleans at the Erwin Center in a non-conference basketball game Tuesday night December 20, 2016. RALPH BARRERA/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Women's Basketball

Ariel Atkins and Kelsey Lang lead Texas women to 15th straight win

Posted February 1st, 2017

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Story highlights
  • Longhorns 11-0 in Big 12 for the first time in school history
  • Atkins scored 26 while Lang added 21
  • Longhorns overcome halftime deficit for the first time this season

Ariel Atkins scored a career-high 26 points while Kelsey Lang added a double-double to lead the No. 12 Texas women to an 85-71 win over the Oklahoma St. Cowgirls in Stillwater on Wednesday. The win makes the Longhorns 11-0 in the Big 12 for the first time in school history.

Atkins went 11-of-13 from the floor, including 3-for-3 from 3-point range to help Texas win its 15th straight. Lang scored 21 points to go along with 12 rebounds as the Longhorns dominated inside the paint. They outscored the Cowgirls 42-26 on the inside.

Texas (17-4, 11-0 Big 12) shot a season-high 57 percent from the field while Oklahoma St. connected on 46 percent of their attempts.

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Brooke McCarty scored 16 points and had a career-high eight assists. She shot 4-for-7 from beyond the arc. Freshman Joyner Holmes rounded out the double-digit scorers for Texas, adding 12 points.

Mandy Coleman led the Cowgirls (13-8, 3-7) with a career-high 22 points while Kaylee Jensen added 21 points and seven boards.

Texas took a seven-point lead after the first quarter but ended up trailing by halftime.

Oklahoma St. outscored the Longhorns by 10 points in the second quarter to take the lead. The Cowgirls were 9-for-12 on free throws in the first half, while Texas had just one free throw attempt. The Longhorns ended up with just eight free-throw attempts to the Cowgirls’ 28.

Atkins scored six points during a 12-3 run that made it 51-48 with six minutes left in the third quarter and the Longhorns never trailed again. Atkins converted a 3-point play to spark a 10-4 spurt that made it 67-60 heading into the fourth.

It was the first time the Longhorns won after trailing at halftime this season.

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