Texas' Joyner Holmes (24) tries to pass the basketball as she is defended by Iowa State' Adriana Camber (13) in Austin on Feb. 12, 2020. [LOLA GOMEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

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Iowa State 69, Texas 51: Longhorns left without any excuses after a poor performance at home

Posted February 12th, 2020

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At the beginning of the fourth quarter Wednesday night at the Erwin Center, Texas’ Lashann Higgs got a good look at a 3-pointer.

Her shot, though, bounced off the front of the rim — the same result as most of the 53 shots that had preceded it for the Longhorns. And it would end up being similar to most of the 24 tries that followed.

Texas missed 57 shots over the course of a miserable shooting night. That 26.9% success rate played a large role in the Longhorns’ 69-51 loss to Iowa State, a costly loss as third-place Texas (15-8, 7-4) stumbled closer to Iowa State (15-8, 7-5) in the Big 12 standings.

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“I don’t know, it was a poor performance all around,” UT senior Sug Sutton said. “There’s not a lot of things to say about what happened tonight.”

Iowa State’s Jade Thurmon (11) goes for a shot against Texas guard Sug Sutton (1) in Austin on Feb. 12, 2020. [LOLA GOMEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN]
Missing 10 3-pointers, the Longhorns shot just 25% from the field over the first two quarters. Down 30-21 at halftime, it then took Texas nearly six minutes to score in the third quarter. After a basket by Sutton made it a 38-23 game, Texas never got any closer than 13 points.

As an announced crowd of 2,886 exited the Erwin Center, Texas was left to look for answers for the second-worst shooting performance this season. Texas had 19 turnovers, UT coach Karen Aston wasn’t a fan of her team’s shot selection or  attention to defensive details. She also noted that her players’ on-court body language “wasn’t good, really, after the first quarter at all.”

“I don’t have any excuses for this performance at all,” Aston said. “There’s no excuses for it, you can’t make up one.”

Iowa State committed 26 turnovers but shot a respectable 42% from the field. The Cyclones also took advantage of a few offensive runs in the second and third quarters. Iowa State, which was beaten 81-75 by Texas in Ames last month, was led by Ashley Joens’ 23 points.

“That’s the nature of this league,” Cyclones coach Bill Fennelly said. “The styles are so different. The way they play the game is completely different than the way we play it. They had their way with us at our place and today the ball bounced our way.”

The Longhorns won’t have much time to lick their wounds; a trip to Kansas (12-11, 1-11) awaits on Saturday. Then there’s a home game against West Virginia (14-8, 4-7) on Monday.

“There’s not a lot of time to feel sorry for yourself or have a pity party or attitude or whatever it is we decided to have today,” Aston said. “And we don’t have time for that, we’ve got to regroup and get ready for Kansas.”

Notes: Charli Collier led Texas with 17 points and 11 rebounds. … Freshman guard Celeste Taylor recorded four steals but fouled out for the fourth time this season. … At halftime, Texas honored both Rodney Page and Retha Swindell as part of its “History Makers” series. Respectively, Page and Swindell were the athletic department’s first black coach and black female athlete. … Kristin Scott added 20 points for Iowa State.

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