In OT battle, Texas falls 70-66 to Kansas

Amsal Madhani, Sports Reporter

After a mid-range bucket from senior forward Audrey Warren, Kansas’ lead was cut to three. Texas was desperate for a stop as the team tried to tie the game in overtime.

Jayhawks guard Chandler Prater had the ball in her hands, ready to put away the Longhorns. Attempting to wind down the clock, Prater gave Texas the least amount of time to hit a shot on the other end of the court.

Finally, the redshirt sophomore pulled up for a three-pointer in hopes of hitting the dagger, but missed the shot. Longhorns’ freshman guard Rori Harmon came down with the rebound and set the team up for a chance to send the game to double overtime.

Texas held the ball for as long as possible to find the best shot to tie the game; however, things didn’t go as planned. The team turned the ball over and was forced to foul to stop the clock.

Jayhawks junior guard Zakiyah Franklin hit all three free-throws from the foul line, putting away the Longhorns 70-66.

It wasn’t the cleanest game for Texas, who turned the ball over 23 times, leading to 18 points going the other way. The Longhorns also sent Kansas to the free throw line 26 times.

Texas also struggled where it typically wins battles on the court. While the Longhorns often win games inside the paint, in Wednesday night’s contest, it was the Jayhawks who dominated 36-14 in the painted area.

In a game with few positives for Texas, Harmon found herself being one of the bright spots for the team. She posted eight points, nine rebounds and seven assists.

The freshman guard continues to prove why she was one of the best signings for the Longhorns this past year with the versatile skill set she brings to the team on offense and on defense.

Along with Harmon, senior guard Joanne Allen-Taylor also played a solid game against Kansas. She put up a team-high 18 points and grabbed five boards for Texas.

Although Allen-Taylor led the team in scoring, she went 2-10 from the three-point line. She and the rest of the team will need to improve in efficiency in order to win more games during the second half of the season.

The Longhorns’ next chance to redeem themselves will be on Saturday as they host West Virginia.