Joyner Holmes scored 21 points to lead No. 12 Texas to a 63-58 victory over Kansas State Saturday at the Erwin Center.
It was the 16th straight victory for Texas. Texas is 18-4, 12-0 in the Big 12. Kansas State is 17-7, 7-5.
With the game tied 57-57 with 2 minutes to play, Holmes made consecutive field goals to snap KSU’s late rally. On both occasions, she received assists from sophomore Lashann Higgs under the basket.
Kansas State outhustled Texas at times. Kindred Wesemann led the Wildcats with 21 points on 6-for-11 shooting from the field and 7-for-7 from the line.
This was the team’s final tuneup before meeting No. 2 Baylor Monday night in Waco. The Lady Bears will play the Longhorns again Feb. 20 in Austin.
Kelsey Lang played a strong game, scoring 10 points while pulling down 9 rebounds. Brooke McCarty scored 11 points and had 6 rebounds.
Kansas State ran off 6-0 scoring streaks to open the first and second quarters. KSU then ran off an 8-0 streak to start the third quarter. The Longhorns rallied in all three instances.
Texas led 27-26 at halftime and 44-38 after three quarters.
Texas made a big rally after trailing KSU 34-27 early in the third. A 12-0 scoring run put Texas up 39-34. Holmes, the Big 12 Freshman of the Week the past two weeks, scored eight points during that span.
(Texas has an 18-14 series leads against the Wildcats.)
Before the game, the Longhorns announced that junior guard Tasia Foman will not participate in competitive activities indefinitely, citing personal reasons. Foman has played in just two of UT’s last nine games.
NOTES: Lang became the 41st player in Texas history to record 1,000 career points. She set the personal milestone with a short banker midway through the third quarter.
Texas and Kansas State will meet in the final regular-season game for both teams Feb. 27 at KSU.