Longhorns open conference play 0-5 for first time in school history despite McGee’s strong performance

Evan Berkowitz

By the Numbers: 

0-5: The Longhorns’ record in Big 12 play. They’ve never had such a poor mark to begin conference play —  not in the Big 12 nor the old Southwest conference. The Longhorns fell to Texas Tech, 66-59, despite shooting 49 percent from the field. 

25: Number of turnovers, leading to 27 Texas Tech points.  

20/11: Freshman Imani McGee-Stafford’s stat line. She recorded yet another double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds despite injuring her knee in the second half.

“I was impressed with our freshman tonight,” head coach Karen Aston said. “But we just had too many turnovers. When we didn’t turn it over, our offense was really good.”


First Half: For the second straight game, Texas started piling the turnovers on early. After committing 26 this past Sunday against Oklahoma State, the Longhorns committed 14 in the first half, resulting in 19 of the Red Raiders’ 35 points. Despite falling behind by 14 points in the early stages, Enemkpali led the Longhorns on a 10-2 run to cut the deficit to four with 2:27 remaining. The Longhorns were unable to close the half strong and went to break trailing, 33-27. Enemkpali was perfect from the field, leading the Longhorns with 12 points. Morris of Texas Tech led all scorers with 15.

Second Half: Despite going to the locker room with an apparent knee injury, McGee-Stafford returned stronger than ever and behind her 16 second-half points, the Longhorns cut the deficit to one with just over a minute to go. As the game entered the final minute, Texas Tech’s experience showed as they were able to get stops on defense, force turnovers and hit their free throws down the stretch to secure a 66-59 victory and improve to 3-2 in Big 12 play.