The Texas Longhorns defeated the UConn Huskies, 80-68, in a Big 12-Big EAST matchup at the Moody Center in Austin, Texas, on Sunday.
The No. 10 Longhorns (8-0) got an incredible game from guard Rori Harmon, who had a double-double with 27 points. Freshman Madison Booker scored 20 points, Amina Muhammad scored 15 points and Shaylee Gonzales added 10 points.
The No. 11 Huskies (4-2) lost to a Top 10 team on the road for the fifth straight time. Aaliyah Edwards led the Huskies with 22 points, while Paige Bueckers added 13 points.
Here are three thoughts on the game.
Harmon’s Incredible Game
Ask Texas coach Vic Schaefer about guard Rori Harmon and he’ll tell you that she’s the best point guard in the game.
If you watched Sunday’s game you saw his argument.
Harmon was incredible on both ends. She scored 27 points, dished out 13 assists, grabbed five rebounds and had a steal.
Frankly, Harmon has been one of the best all-around players in the Big 12 since she stepped on campus in the Fall of 2021. Last year one could have made an argument that she should have been the Big 12 Player of the Year. If there’s any one area that probably keeps Harmon from getting more recognized nationally is that she’s not a score-first point guard.
But she can score. She’s averaging a bit more than 12 points per game after the win over UConn. And while she may not be among the game’s best 3-point shooters, she does everything else on the floor and does it at a high level.
So high that she could be the Big 12 Player of the Year by season’s end.
Injuries Define Game Again
Last year’s game at UConn was defined by injuries. Paige Bueckers was out for the season. Rori Harmon had been out for a couple of weeks.
This game was the same way. Texas forward DeYona Gaston has missed the entire season with an injury. The Huskies are without Azzi Fudd for the season. UConn was also without Caroline Ducharme and Ayanna Patterson, but they should return.
What women’s college basketball fans would give for this game to be played at full strength. It just won’t be this season.
But, you play with who can play and UConn found itself dominated by the Texas defense, which did what it does. Texas forced 21 turnovers and scored 36 points off those turnovers. That’s how Texas wins game.
Texas Breaks Through
UConn and Texas have been two of the standard-bearer programs in women’s college basketball for a long time. Texas certainly was before UConn ascended in the 1990s.
Sunday was the Longhorns’ 11th meeting against the Huskies. It was the first one they won.
Yes, that was Texas’ first win over the UConn women’s basketball team.
For a program that has a lot of signature wins in its history, that’s a big one for Texas. The Longhorns remained undefeated and likely move further up the Top 10 when the new poll comes out on Monday.
More importantly, as Texas tries to line up a final Big 12 crown, a high seed in the NCAA Tournament and perhaps its first Final Four appearance under Schaefer, games like that will give them the confidence they need to get it done.iframe src=”https://app.e2ma.net/app2/audience/signup/1986400/1964875/” width=”510″ height=”500″ frameborder=”0″>
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