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AMES, Iowa (AP) — Ariel Atkins scored a career-high 22 points with 11 rebounds and sixth-ranked Texas beat Iowa State 65-49 Saturday to improve to 9-0 on the road.
Empress Davenport added 13 for the Longhorns (21-1, 10-1 Big 12), who won in Ames for the first time since 2009.
Texas used a 21-9 run midway through the second half to push past the Cyclones (12-10, 4-7), who’ve lost six of seven. But starting guard Brianna Taylor left the game in the third quarter with what appeared to be a left ankle injury.
Jadda Buckley had 19 points to lead Iowa State, which was outrebounded 20-5 on the offensive glass.
Texas travelled to Iowa State last season ranked third — and left with a stunning 59-57 loss.
For about 20 minutes, it looked like the Longhorns were set to suffer another upset in Ames.
Iowa State started play by hitting just four of its first 23 shots. But the Longhorns weren’t much better, shooting just eight of 26 in the first 17 minutes, and the Cyclones were able to keep it at 20-all at the break.
Meredith Burkall gave Iowa State its first lead, 24-22, on a layup with seven minutes left in the third.
The Longhorns’ inability to hit easy baskets reached its lowest point early in the second half, as they missed four of them in one possession.
But the shots started falling for Texas late in the third, and Celina Rodrigo’s 3 put the Longhorns ahead 43-39 heading into the final quarter.
A 3-point play by Atkins and a Brooke McCarty layup made it 57-47 Texas with 3:50 left.
Seanna Johnson scored 16 points for the Cyclones, who were just 3 of 16 on 3s.
Texas: Taylor, who had six points and three rebounds, had to be helped off the floor…The Longhorns only loss came at home on Jan. 17, when they were blasted by No. 4 Baylor 80-67. … Imani Boyette is on pace to become the first player in school history with 1,000 career points and rebounds and 200 blocks. She had eight rebounds but was held scoreless.
Iowa State: The Cyclones are 1-6 since center Bryanna Fernstrom abruptly left the team. … Iowa State had two assists and eight turnovers in the first half. Texas wasn’t much better, giving it away 10 times to go with six assists.
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