AUSTIN, Texas -- The Texas Women’s Basketball team fell to No. 25/24 Iowa State, 67-48, in Wednesday’s Big 12 Conference contest at the Frank Erwin Center.
Freshman guard Celina Rodrigo scored a career-high 10 points as the Texas guards got off to a hot start. Rodrigo, junior Chassidy Fussell and freshman Empress Davenport teamed up to score the Longhorns’ first 13 points. Davenport scored 13 points on the night, just one point shy of her career-best.
Texas (9-12, 2-8 Big 12) was able to keep the game close throughout the first half due in part to a season-low 14 turnovers throughout the game. With five minutes remaining in the opening frame, freshman guard GiGi Mazionyte got into the scoring column with an inside layup after an offensive rebound by Davenport. Mazionyte then got a steal and dished the ball to Fussell, who put in her own layup to bring Texas within one point at 24-25.
Iowa State (16-5, 7-4 Big 12) used clutch shooting to close out the first half on a 14-0 run to give the Cyclones a 39-24 advantage heading into the locker room. The run was fueled by three-pointers from sophomore guards Nikki Moody and Brynn Williamson, and center Anna Prins, who led all scorers with 14 points at halftime. The Cyclones shot 7-of-13 from beyond the arc in the opening stanza.
Iowa State’s hot shooting continued when Prins stretched the lead to 18 with a three-pointer in the opening minute of the second half.
Davenport and the Texas defense got the Longhorns back into the game over a 12-minute stretch, cutting the lead to seven on a three-pointer by Davenport with seven minutes remaining in the game. During the run, Texas held Iowa State to 0-of-7 from three-point distance. The Cyclones broke out of their slump with back-to-back three-point baskets, which were part of a 12-2 run to put the lead back up to 63-46 with under three minutes to play.
Prins led Iowa State with 19 points and was one of four Cyclones with double-digit scoring efforts on the night.
Texas returns to the Erwin Center Saturday night for another Big 12 matchup with No. 1/1 Baylor. The game will be broadcast at 7 p.m. on LHN.