After knocking off back-to-back ranked opponents, No. 13 Texas looks to keep the pressure on in the tight race for the Big 12 title when it visits lowly Oklahoma State on Saturday.
The Longhorns (16-7, 9-3) pushed their winning streak to three with impressive victories over then-No. 13 Texas Tech on Sunday and 18th-ranked Kansas State on Wednesday. Texas is tied with Iowa State and Texas Tech for second place in the Big 12, one game behind conference-leading Baylor, with four games to play.
On Wednesday, Jamie Carey scored 21 points and Heather Schreiber added 14 as the Longhorns held off a late rally and won 64-60 for their seventh victory in eight games. Texas, which split two meetings with Baylor this season, hosts Colorado and Oklahoma before wrapping up the regular season at Texas A&M on March 2.
“It continues to be a wild race, and it’s long from over,” Texas coach Jody Conradt said. “I picked Kansas State to win the league because they didn’t have to go through the South Division twice. At this point, Baylor is sitting at top and someone is going to have to catch them and reel them in.”
The Longhorns used long-distance shooting to beat the Wildcats, going a season-best 10-of-17 from 3-point range.
“Kansas State had a great zone tonight and they are so well-coached,” Conradt said. “What a game! At times, we didn’t get the ball movement we needed, but that said, we came out with the win and it shows that our team is playing hard right now with much more confidence.”
Texas should be able to take advantage of struggling Oklahoma State (7-15, 2-10), which has had little success against conference foes this season and fell 63-42 at Texas on Jan. 13.
Oklahoma State dropped to 0-6 against teams currently ranked in the Top 25 with Wednesday’s 90-56 defeat at No. 19 Iowa State.
Destanie Sykes led Oklahoma State with 14 points, Nina Stone scored 12 and Devry McDonald had 11, going 3-for-4 from 3-point range.
Stone, a senior guard, leads the Cowgirls with 15.5 points per game. Freshman guard Taleesha Conder is the only other Oklahoma State player averaging double figures in scoring with 10.7 points per contest.
Sophomore forward Tiffany Jackson paces the Longhorns with 17.3 points and 8.7 rebounds. She had 20 points and six steals in the first meeting with Oklahoma State as Texas ended a two-game conference losing streak.
The Longhorns lead the series 17-3 and have won 10 straight against the Cowgirls.