Texas women’s basketball wins season opener against UTSA

Jeremy Thomas

Texas women’s basketball overcame a shaky start in its season opener Saturday to pull away in the second half, defeating UTSA, 68-48, in Austin.

The Longhorns started the game with five turnovers and five team fouls within the first 7:01 of the game for a rough beginning to their season. But Texas streaked a 17-0 run over the next six minutes to gain a 16-point halftime lead.

However, with a little over 10 minutes remaining in the game, UTSA cut its deficit to 3 points, as Texas shot just 26.7 percent from the field.

After Texas made six consecutive free throws, the Longhorns secured winning momentum by scoring six points in less than 25 seconds to help seal their first victory of the season.

“I just didn’t think our decision-making was great for a good deal of the game,” Texas head coach Karen Aston said. “We went on a run in the second half that was mostly in part to just going to a smaller lineup and giving them a different look from a pressing perspective and maybe from an energy-level perspective.”

Aston also said her team wanted to score too quickly.

“We were running over people, and we just got into a too big of a hurry,” Aston said. “I’m disappointed in the fact that we have been talking about that and then we get into the game not really thinking.”

Sophomore guard Brianna Taylor led the team with dominant stats. She played 23 minutes and ended the game with 11 points, six rebounds and two assists.

Texas ended the game with 25 team fouls and 23 turnovers.

Sophomore center Kelsey Lang said she needs to learn how to play with multiple fouls to help her team.

“I hope that, with experience, that will come — being smart and not going for blocks that I can’t get,” Lang said.

Texas officials also said junior guard Brady Sanders injured her right hand and is out indefinitely pending an MRI. She’s the third injured Longhorn this season, along with junior center Imani McGee-Stafford and freshman forward Diani Akigbogun, who suffered leg and knee injuries, respectively.

The Longhorns will face No. 6 Stanford in Palo Alto, California, at 8 p.m. Thursday.