Down two points to No. 6 Stanford with six seconds remaining, No. 10 Texas relied upon its experience and depth on the road as junior guard Empress Davenport penetrated the lane for a layup to send the game into overtime.
Facing the team that ended top-ranked UConn’s 47-game winning streak in overtime early this week, Texas pulled away late to outlast the Cardinal in the extra stanza, 87-81.
The win marks the first time Texas beat Stanford in Palo Alto, California, since 1981. The Longhorns also ended the Cardinal’s 28-game home win streak at Maples Pavilion.
Texas jumped out to a six-point lead over the Cardinals at halftime but the second half featured a slightly different story. The Longhorns did not score a point for the first 4:35 of the second period. After that, Texas would match Stanford point-for-point — halfway through the second half both teams scored a total of 31 points in five minutes.
But for the first time since the opening half, Stanford took the lead with less than two minutes remaining.
After Davenport’s game tying layup, Stanford tied the game in overtime with less than a minute remaining but junior guard Brady Sanders' jumper gave Texas a lead it would not relinquish. Late points from freshmen guard Brook McCarty increased the lead and secured the victory for the Longhorns.
Texas shot 48.5 percent from the field. Senior forward Nneka Enemkpali led the team in points with 18 but fouled out in the second half. Davenport fouled out in overtime.
The team amassed 30 personal fouls and had five players with three fouls with less than eight minutes left in the second half.
Freshmen guard Ariel Atkins scored 16 points and shot 50 percent from beyond the arc making two. Sanders led the team with 4 assists, while sophomore center Kelsey Lang shot 7 for 12 from the field with 14 points and nine rebounds.
Texas will look to regain energy quickly as it ends its road trip Sunday against the UCLA Bruins at 3 p.m.