Freshman Rori Harmon shines as Texas takes down No. 6 Iowa State, 73-48

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Freshman Guard, Rori Harmon, defends the ball from an Iowa State basketball player. Texas outperformed Iowa State 73-48 at the Frank Erwin Center on February 16th, 2022.

Amsal Madhani , Sports Reporter

Rori Harmon moved around the floor, looking for a spot to take an open shot. The No. 14 Longhorns led the No. 6 Cyclones 44-30 at Frank Erwin Center with just over three minutes remaining in the third. Texas needed just one more basket in order to fully take control of the game. 

With time winding down on the shot clock, Harmon finally found an opening beyond the arc on the wing. The freshman guard pulled up from deep, hitting nothing but net and increasing the Longhorns’ lead to 17. The crowd roared as the team continued to gain momentum and was beginning to dominate Iowa State. 

That bucket put Texas in the driver’s seat as it never looked back after the play, blocking shots at the other end of the floor and draining tough jump shots to extend its lead. The Longhorns continued their dominance as the game went on, topping the conference-leading Cyclones 73-48 behind the freshman’s masterful performance. 

Harmon had a great all-around game Wednesday night, scoring 20 points, dishing out nine assists, grabbing six boards and recording six steals. She was dominant on both ends of the floor, getting every shot she wanted and using her quick hands to force many turnovers on the other end. 

Along with her spectacular performance, Harmon joined elite company as she became just the seventh freshman player in program history to record 100 assists in a season. 

“It was an honor. I didn’t really see it coming. It definitely crept up on me,” Harmon said. “Yes I made good passes, but my teammates are making the shots, so I have to thank all of them.”

Harmon wasn’t the only one clicking on offense for Texas, however. Audrey Warren shined off the bench. The senior forward scored 16 points and recorded four steals in Wednesday night’s outing. Her consistent two-way play for the Longhorns has led the team to many wins, and against the Cyclones, it was nothing different. 

Head coach Vic Schaefer didn’t realize he hadn’t put Warren into the game until the end of the first quarter when he looked up at the scoreboard and noticed the minutes totals. He made sure to get her into the game immediately.

“Obviously things changed pretty quick,” Schaefer said. “She’s earning her sixth player of the year award that I’m hopeful that she’s going to get. She really changes the game a lot when she comes in.”

The Longhorns held a hot Iowa State team to just 48 points, just a few days after the Cyclones had scored 93 points against TCU. The Longhorns’ defense has started to come together in a big way as they have held their opponents to less than 65 points in their last three outings. 

The team continues to fire on all cylinders, extending its win streak to three with wins over conference rivals Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Iowa State. 

Texas will look to continue this hot streak on Sunday in another conference matchup at WVU Coliseum against West Virginia.