Longhorns continue skid in fourth consecutive Big 12 loss

Garrett Callahan

Texas fell once again in conference play as it gave up a 69-62 loss to in-state rival Texas Tech in Lubbock over the weekend. The Longhorns have now fallen 12 games behind Baylor who sits atop the Big 12 standings.

Led by Chassidy Fussell, the Longhorns were in striking distance of the Red Raiders (19-7, 9-5 Big 12) the whole game but failed to produce a comeback at the end. This loss, which brings the Longhorns to 9-15 on the season and 2-11 in the Big 12, continues the struggles the team has had in Karen Aston’s first season as head coach and increases their losing streak to four. 

Texas got out to a quick start against Tech as Imani McGee-Stafford and Nneka Enemkpali gave their team a 6-0 lead. Except for a quick segment, the Longhorns maintained that lead until more than midway through the first half when the Red Raiders went ahead with 7:01 to go. Texas was held without points for almost seven minutes during that half. 

When the second half started the Longhorns were down 36-27. They held their opponent to just one point in the first seven minutes and took the lead with 13:12 to go in the game. That lead only lasted 18 seconds, however, as a three-pointer from Casey Morris returned the lead to her team, where it remained for the rest of the game.

Fussell led her team with a game-high 27 points but was unable to claim the victory even with McGee-Stafford recording her tenth double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds. 

The Longhorns noted 24 turnovers, nine of which were steals, which turned into 26 points for the Red Raiders. This was costly for Texas as it shot 51.1 percent from the floor but had to spend most of its time on defense. 

Published on February 18, 2013 as "Texas' conference play plagued by another loss".