The Longhorns came out of the gate on fire. They went 10-for-10 within the first six minutes to take a 20-12 lead before they missed their first shot. Chassidy Fussell led her team with 16 points in the first half as Texas shot a season-high 76 percent from the floor in just one half. On the other side of the court the Longhorns played solid defense putting pressure on the ball, holding the Jayhawks to just 40.6 percent shooting from the floor. At the 3:26 mark Fussell hit a three-pointer which brought the Texas score to 40, two above the total amount of points the Longhorns had the last time they played Kansas.
While Kansas got out to a hot start with two quick scores, the Longhorns were able to respond with a 7-0 run of their own forcing a Jayhawk timeout. Texas once again used pressure to draw fouls against its opponent which gave it a few extra scoring chances. At the 13:48 mark the Longhorns gained a brief 20-point advantage, their biggest lead in conference play this season. The Jayhawks gave Texas some trouble towards the end of the game as they got to within six points of the Longhorns with just 1:14 left. With Kansas fouling to try and get the ball back, the Longhorns were able to make their free throws and capture the 93-83 victory.
Chassidy Fussell- The junior led her team with 26 points on the night. She made 10 of 12 shots, including 4 of 5 three-pointers, making all the points Texas had from behind the arc. Midway through the second half she left the game after taking an elbow to the head but came back to end the game.
By the Numbers
17- It took Texas less than 17 minutes to grab as many points as it had the last time it played Kansas, a 76-38 loss. A three-pointer by Fussell propelled the Longhorns past that score at the 3:26 mark.
5- The Longhorns finished the game with five players in double-digit points. Fussell, Nneka Enemkpali, Imani McGee-Stafford, Empress Davenport and Brady Sanders all scored over 10 in the game with Fussell leading with 26.
64.6- Texas finished the game with a season-high 64.6 shooting percentage. The team went 31-of-48 while making 4-of-8 three-point attempts. On the other end of the court the Longhorns held the Jayhawks to a 44.3 shot percentage.
The Longhorns now look to Saturday where they will face off once again with the top-ranked team in the nation. They travel to Waco to play Baylor (25-1, 14-0) for an afternoon game. The last time the two teams met was earlier this month when the Bears visited Austin and took the win, 75-48.