Texas guard Lashann Higgs (10) goes up for a layup during a NCAA women's college basketball game against Oklahoma State in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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At the buzzer: Texas 84, Oklahoma State 79

Cowgirls shot 53 percent from the field in the first half to take a four-point lead at the break

Posted January 3rd, 2018

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Lashann Higgs scored a career-high 30 points to lead Texas to an 84-79 comeback victory over Oklahoma State Wednesday night at the Erwin Center.

Higgs, who had a career-best 24 points in last week’s win at Oklahoma, hit 11 of 15 shots. The Horns overcame a seven-point deficit in the fourth quarter.

Sug Sutton hit a pair of baskets in a 30-second span late in the quarter and Higgs gave the Longhorns a 78-77 lead with 2:35 to play. Brooke McCarty made a pair of free throws, Higgs hit a driving layup with four seconds left to close the scoring.

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Texas improved to 12-1, 3-0 in the Big 12. OSU is 12-2, 2-1.

It didn’t take long for Texas to figure out Oklahoma State has the right stuff to be a conference contender. The Cowgirls took advantage of shoddy Texas defense in the first half, hitting 18 of their 34 shots from the field to take a 44-40 lead at the half.

Freshman Braxtin Miller scored a career-high 23 points for the Cowgirls.

In her third game back from suspension, Joyner Holmes scored her first points of the season and a short bank shot midway through the second quarter.

Higgs (12 points) and McCarty (11 points) kept the Longhorns within striking distance in the first two quarters. In a basketball oddity, the Horns did not shoot a free throw in the first half while OSU made 4 of their 8 attempts from the stripe.

Texas has only one loss this year — an 82-75 setback at Tennessee on Dec. 10.

 

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