KANSAS CITY — The Brooke McCarty-Ariel Atkins Era has come to an end.
The Longhorns, plagued with 21 turnovers, saw its season end against UCLA. Bruins guard Jordin Canada scored 22 points in an 84-75 victory in an NCAA Sweet 16 game Friday night at the Sprint Center.
Atkins played well in her final game as a Longhorns. She scored 11 of her team-high 20 points in the fourth quarter. Senior Brooke McCarty scored 12 but that was not enough against the Bruins.
Texas was its own first enemy early, committing 15 of its turnovers in the first half. The Bruins capitalized and outscored the Longhorns 19-5 in points off turnovers.
Junior post Jatarie White helped keep Texas respectable, scoring 11 points and gathering 6 rebounds in the first 20 minutes. She would finish with 17 points.
The Longhorns, though, had a 9-0 scoring run to start the third quarter to climb back in. A short banker by Lashann Higgs gave the Horns their first lead of the game, 40-39, with 8:10 left in the pariod.
UCLA countered with a 9-0 run of its own and grabbed a 50-45 lead midway through the third. The Bruins weathered UT’s surge and led 59-49 heading into the fourth quarter
This was UT’s fourth straight trip to the Sweet 16. The Longhorns advanced to the Elite in 2016.
Sug Sutton scored 10 for Texas before fouling out late in the fourth quarter.
MISSISSIPPI STATE 71, NORTH CAROLINA STATE 57: In Friday night’s first game, MSU center Teaira McCowan was virtually perfect. The 6-7 junior from Brenham scored 24 points, going 11 for 11 from the field, and collected 15 rebounds. All-America candidate added 14 points and guard Morgan William 13 for the victors. The Bulldogs, leading 36-31 at halftime, broke the game open by outscoring the Wolfpack 22-10 in the third quarter.
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