No. 19 Texas sweeps No. 13 Oklahoma 67-45 in Norman

Lindsey Plotkin, General Sports Reporter

The Texas women’s basketball team dominated Oklahoma on the road Saturday, defeating the Sooners 67-45 to take control of the Big 12 standings. 

Texas’ stifling defense proved to be too much for Oklahoma to handle. The Longhorns held the Sooners to their two lowest scoring performances of the season, the first coming during the teams’ previous matchup in Austin when Texas won 78-58. Oklahoma, a team that averages more than 86 points per game and is the second highest scoring team in the country, only shot 27% and only made 15 field goals.

Graduate guard Shaylee Gonzales accounted for five of Texas’ 12 steals, a season high for the BYU transfer. Gonzales also scored 19 points as one of five Longhorns to score in the double figures. 

Junior forward DeYona Gaston recorded her third double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Gaston also blocked three shots and stole the ball twice. 

Junior forward Taylor Jones threw a block party, blocking five shots and matching her season high. Jones was productive on both ends of the court, scoring 10 points. 

Junior guard Shay Holle led the Longhorn’s three-point campaign, making three of four attempted shots from behind the arc for nine of her 11 points. Holle played all 40 minutes and has started the last five games in place of graduate guard Sonya Morris, who is dealing with a leg injury. 

Sophomore guard Rori Harmon controlled the game, scoring 14 points, dishing out eight assists and grabbing seven rebounds. Harmon also made a defensive impact, stealing the ball twice. 

While Texas’ offensive play was important to winning, its defense was the star of the show, forcing 22 turnovers and only allowing one Oklahoma player to score in double figures. 

Oklahoma senior guard Taylor Robertson, who is the NCAA’s all time 3-point leader with 519 career threes, was held to just six points from two made 3-pointers out of seven attempted. 

While Oklahoma outrebounded Texas 41-34 and scored 21 second chance points to Texas’ 11, the Sooners could not create an offensive rhythm.

Texas held Oklahoma to single digits in the second and fourth quarters, the 18th and 19th time they have allowed less than 10 points in a quarter this season. Texas moved to 18-0 when allowing 59 or less points. 

With the win, Texas pulls away from Oklahoma for sole first place in the Big 12 standings but has yet to clinch the regular season championship. Texas (22–7, 13–3) is only ahead of Oklahoma (22–5, 12–4) by one game, and both teams have two must-win games remaining to earn the title. 

Texas will return to the Moody Center on Monday to face Baylor for its final home game of the season.