Austin, Texas -- The Texas Women’s Basketball team shot a season-best 64.6% from the field in a 93-83 victory over the Kansas Jayhawks Wednesday night at the Frank Erwin Center.
Junior Chassidy Fussell recorded a team-high 26 points on 10-of-12 shooting, including 4-of-5 from beyond the arc. Freshman Imani McGee-Stafford recorded her 11th double-double of the season with 18 points and 13 rebounds.
The Longhorns jumped out to a blistering pace, hitting their first 10 shots from the field to take a 20-10 lead just six minutes into the game. The hot shooting continued as UT made 15 of the first 19 shots over the first 12 minutes to stretch the lead to 34-21.
Fussell continued her feverish scoring streak following a 27-point output at Texas Tech on Sunday, converting 7-of-8 shots in the first half for 16 points.
Kansas kept the game close, led by seniors Angel Goodrich and Carolyn Davis. Goodrich had 15 in the opening half, including three shots from long-distance, but trailed 47-35 following the first period.
Texas’ 47 points were it’s most in any half in Big 12 play this season. The Longhorns finished the opening frame with six different players scoring at least four points, led by Fussell’s 16 and sophomore forward Nneka Enemkpali’s 11.
Kansas scored the first four points of the second half to cut the lead to eight before Fussell fired back with her third three-pointer of the game to kick-start a 7-0 Texas run to push the lead back to 15. A fast-break layup by Fussell from freshman point guard Celina Rodrigo gave Texas its biggest lead in league play this season at 61-41 with 13:53 remaining.
Kansas would not go away, led by Davis and Goodrich. Goodrich matched a career-high 31 points. Davis and Goodrich combined for 54 points. Kansas only turned the ball over five times in the second half, shooting 47.4% from the field to keep the game within reach.
The Jayhawks cut the lead to six points with 1:14 remaining when McGee-Stafford grabbed a crucial offensive rebound on a Rodrigo missed free throw. An ensuing Kansas foul led to two free throws by McGee-Stafford to push the lead back to eight at the 1:06 mark. Goodrich would score one more three-pointer, but Texas shot 9-of-10 from the free throw line down the stretch to keep the lead.
Texas next plays on Saturday, Feb. 23 in Waco against No. 1/1 Baylor at noon. The game will be broadcast regionally on Fox Sports Southwest.