To say it’s been a rough stretch of play for Texas women’s basketball would be an understatement. After cruising to a convincing 81-66 victory over the Red Raiders on Feb. 9, the Longhorns dropped back-to-back games to Iowa State at home and Kansas on the road. Texas beat both teams earlier in the season.
Head coach Karen Aston’s squad sure needed a pick-me-up going into Saturday night’s game in Lawrence, Kansas. The Longhorns headed into the matchup with the Jayhawks after an 18-point loss at home to Iowa State earlier this week.
Texas’ season keeps going from bad to worse. Head coach Shaka Smart announced that Texas would take on eighth-place Iowa State without junior forward Jericho Sims. In Saturday afternoon’s 81-52 loss to Iowa State, the 11–14 Cyclones took full advantage of Sims’ absence, continually exposing Texas’ rebounding problems and struggles in the paint.
Seven games. That’s the number of games the Texas men’s basketball team has left to prove itself as a tournament team. There are still several opportunities remaining, with games against No. 14 West Virginia at home and a trip to Lubbock to play No. 24 Texas Tech.
After a three-game skid that had head coach Shaka Smart on a molten seat, the Longhorns restored a slight ray of hope in fans by rattling off back-to-back wins over TCU and Iowa State. Then, they lost another close contest to the No. 3-ranked Kansas Jayhawks shortly after.