Texas Tops Iowa State for Schaefer’s 100th Win at Texas

The University of Texas Longhorns handily defeated the Iowa State University Cyclones, 81-to-60, in Big 12 Conference women’s basketball.  Four of the five Texas starters scored in double-digits and the fifth starter had 13 rebounds. 

The win was Texas head coach Vic Schaefer 100th at Texas.  Schaefer just passed the 400th career wins threshold as a head coach. 

“So proud of these kids and our team.  Their energy and effort, that fourth quarter, was really special,” said Texas head coach Vic Schaefer.  “If you didn’t have fun at that game tonight you.” ain’t got a pulse. 

Iowa State tested Texas in the first half, leading by three points midway through the second quarter.  Texas then went on a nine-point run on six points from Madison Booker, baskets by Aailyah Moore, Shaylee Gonzales, and DeYona Gaston, and a free throw by Taylor Jones. 

The Cyclones were unable to get any closer that five points in the second half, and were out-scored 23-to-10 in the final frame. 

Schaefer’s coaching trademark is to continue to raise the bar on this team’s performance, culminating with the NCAA tournament. 

“We’re trying to be perfect.  We’re trying to practice perfect, play perfect.  It’s never going to happen, I know it, they know it, but we’re still trying, right,” said Schaefer.  “My frustration tonight in the huddle was mental lapses and things that we’ve gone over in film for two days in a row and three days of practice.”

Booker led Texas with 18 points and 10 assists.  Gonzales also put-up 18 points, followed by Shay Holle with 16 points.  Aaliyah Moore added 12 points and seven rebounds. 

“We’re going to win a lot of games, ya’ll, when our guards (Booker, Gonzales, Holle) are shooting like that, and playing like they played today,” said Schaefer.  

Iowa State was led by center Audi Crooks with 24 points. 

“I though Taylor and De were a great two-headed monster guarding Crooks,” said Schaefer. 

 The Longhorns shot 53% from the field, 33% from distance and 75% from the charity stripe, and out-rebounded the Cyclones 38-to-27.  Texas held Iowa State to one live-ball offensive rebound.    

“These kids are really playing at a high level.  And I’m happy for them,” said Schaefer.  “They’ve worked so hard and I’m so thankful that they’re here at Texas, because I won’t trade them for anybody.”   

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