Texas uses second-half surge to beat Kansas St 75-64

Texas' Lashann Higgs (10) drives the ball past Oklahoma's Ana Llanusa (22) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Norman, Okla., Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Garett Fisbeck)
By  | 

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) -- Lashann Higgs scored 26 points and No. 8 Texas used a big run to start the second half to beat Kansas State 75-64 on Sunday.

Even with leading scorer Brooke McCarty having a rough shooting day as she scored just nine points, the Longhorns (13-1, 4-0 Big 12) had enough to beat the Wildcats.

Kansas State (9-6, 1-3) took the early advantage holding the Longhorns to 12 points on 26 percent shooting in the first quarter.

Texas would have many chances to take the lead but didn't take advantage until Higgs hit a corner three at the 2:23 mark of the second quarter to give the Longhorns their first lead of the ballgame. On the next possession, Rellah Boothe would come back and surprise everybody with a three-pointer of her own.

Meanwhile, the Wildcats struggled to generate offense as they went scoreless in the last 3:19 of the 1st half.

Kayla Goth scored 17 points on 6 of 17 shooting in the loss for the Wildcats.

BIG PICTURE

Kansas State could not pick up back-to-back victories against ranked opponents but do manage to frustrate the Longhorns with their zone defense in the 1st half. However, the second half of the ballgame saw the Longhorns show their resolve and toughness as they put away the Wildcats with turnovers and athletic fast-break offense. A win like this is a good sign for the Longhorns as they have even tougher opponents like Texas and Baylor down the road.

UP NEXT

Texas: The Longhorns travel to face TCU on Wednesday

Kansas State: The Wildcats travel to face Iowa State on Wednesday.