Texas, Kansas Collect Wins in Big 12-SEC Women’s Challenge
The Texas Longhorns and the Kansas Jayhawks took the final victories as the Big 12-SEC Challenge concluded on Sunday afternoon.
With the final results, the SEC finished with a 6-4 lead and won the annual showdown between two of the best women’s basketball conferences in the country.
No. 15 Texas (6-1) exacted a 76-60 win over rival No. 17 Texas A&M in College Station. Aliyah Matharu led the Longhorns with 26 points, but the biggest key to victory was Texas scoring 32 points off of Aggie turnovers. Texas should see a bump in the AP Top 25 tomorrow.
Kansas (7-1) shot 50 percent from the field in beating Vanderbilt, 74-67. Holly Kersgieter led the Jayhawks with 16 points, while Taiyanna Jackson and Aniya Thomas added 15 points each.
TCU (3-4) fell to Florida, 63-54. Lauren Heard led the Horned Frogs with 17 points, while Adika Okako added 11 points. The game featured seven different ties and 15 different lead changes.
Oklahoma State (3-4) lost its third straight game, falling to Auburn, 77-66. Lauren Fields led OSU with 20 points, while Taylen Collins had 11 points and Macie James had 10 points.
The SEC won the challenge last season, 7-1. Two of those games were cancelled due to COVID-19. The Big 12 won the challenge last in 2019.
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Big 12-SEC Women’s Challenge Schedule, Results
Wednesday, December 1
No. 16 Kentucky 83, West Virginia 60
Thursday, December 2
No. 20 Georgia 66, Texas Tech 56
LSU 69, No. 14 Iowa State 60
Friday, December 3
No. 1 South Carolina 65, Kansas State 44
Saturday, December 4
Oklahoma 94, Mississippi State 63
No. 5 Baylor 70, Missouri 68 (SEC up 4-2)
Sunday, December 5
Florida 63, TCU 54
Auburn 77, Oklahoma State 66
Kansas 74, Vanderbilt 67
No. 15 Texas 76, No. 17 Texas A&M 60 (SEC wins Challenge, 6-4)
All times central; All rankings from AP Poll