No. 8 Texas women rally late to beat No. 20 Oklahoma State 82-79

OKLAHOMA STATE CENTER Kaylee Jensen (center) battles with Texas guard Ariel Atkins (23) and forward Jatarie White (right) for a rebound during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday in Austin.

AUSTIN (AP)— LaShann Higgs scored a career-high 30 points and Brooke McCarty added 21 to help No. 8 Texas rally late to beat No. 20 Oklahoma State on Wednesday night.

Oklahoma State led 77-71 before Texas stormed back behind two big baskets from Sug Sutton on a spinning layup and a 3-pointer from right corner that cut the lead to one.

After Audrey-Ann Caron Goudreau blocked a layup attempt by Mandy Coleman, Higgs and McCarty made four consecutive free throws to give Texas its first lead of the second half with just under 2 minutes left.

Miller got Oklahoma State back within one, Coleman missed a long 3-pointer on the next possession before a driving layup by Higgs put Texas ahead 82-79 with 30 seconds to play.

Braxtin Miller scored 23 points for Oklahoma State (11-3, 2-1 Big 12), and Loryn Goodwin and Kaylee Jensen each had 20 points.

Texas (12-1, 3-0) shot 56 percent and went 12 of 13 from the free throw after not getting to the line until there were less than three minutes left in the third quarter.


WACO (AP)— Natalie Chou had 17 points and hit five of Baylor's 12 3-pointers, Kalani Brown had another double-double and the No. 6 Lady Bears overwhelmed Iowa State 89-49 on Wednesday night.

Six players scored in double figures for Baylor (13-1, 3-0 Big 12), which started the game with a 10-0 run and won its 10th straight. The Lady Bears led by 18 points after the first quarter and had their largest halftime lead ever in a Big 12 game at 52-16.

Brown had 13 points and 11 rebounds for her seventh doubledouble this season. Dekeiya Cohen and Lauren Cox each scored 14 points, while Juicy Landrum and Alexis Morris had 10.


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP)— Peyton Williams scored 22 points with 10 rebounds, Kaylee Page scored seven of her 12 points in the fourth quarter and Kansas State handed No. 12 West Virginia its second straight loss 60-52 on Wednesday night.

The Wildcats (9-5, 1-2 Big 12 Conference), who had lost three straight, the last two to ranked league opponents, scored the last four points of the third quarter to pull within 44-42. Page tied it at 33 seconds into the fourth quarter, and after a Kayla Goth free throw put Kansas State up for good, Page hit a 3 to make it 48-44.



HUNTSVILLE (AP)— Marcus Harris scored 15 points including four 3-pointers in the second half that gave his team the lead for good as Sam Houston State beat Central Arkansas 82-76 in Southland Conference action on Wednesday night, snapping a three-game slide.

The Bearkats (7-8, 1-1) were down 48-36 early in the second half when Harris drained the first of four 3-pointers as part of a 17-3 run that gave them a 53-51 edge with 11:59 to play. A dunk by Jamal Williams capped a 9-4 surge that stretched it to 75-67 with 2:30 left and the Bearkats held on for the win.

Williams finished with 15 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Josh Delaney added 14 points, five rebounds and three assists and Christopher Galbreath Jr. had 11 points and led with 11 rebounds for his sixth double-double this season.


NORMAN, Okla. (AP)— Trae Young fell one rebound short of a triple-double to help No. 7 Oklahoma defeat Oklahoma State 109-89 on Wednesday night.

Young, the nation's leader in scoring and assists, finished with 27 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds. In just his 13th career game, the freshman became the first Oklahoma player to score at least 20 points in 12 straight games.

Freshman forward Brady Manek scored a season-high 28 points and Kameron McGusty added 15 for Oklahoma (12-1, 2-0 Big 12), which won its 10th straight.

NO. 17 KENTUCKY 74, LSU 71

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP)— P.J. Washington scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half, and No. 17 Kentucky held off feisty LSU 74-71 on Wednesday night.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander capped his 18-point night with two free throws with 16 seconds left, and Kevin Knox had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Wildcats (12-2, 2-0 Southeastern Conference), who survived their first true road test this season.


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP)— Braian Angola scored 20 points and C.J. Walker added 18 as 24th-ranked Florida State held off No. 12 North Carolina for an 81-80 victory on Wednesday night.

The Seminoles (12-2, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) led most of the game but almost squandered it as they didn't make a field goal in the last 2:57 and missed their last four free throws.

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