March 03, 2018 08:03 PM
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Ariel Atkins scored 25 points and No. 7 Texas beat Iowa State 81-69 on Saturday in the Big 12 quarterfinals.
Atkins, an All-Big 12 pick, made 10 of 15 field goals and 5 of 6 3-pointers. Jatarie White had 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Brooke McCarty added 12 points and seven assists to help the Longhorns (25-5) advanced to play the Oklahoma State-West Virginia winner.
Emily Durr and Bridget Carleton each scored 25 points for the Cyclones. They lost to Texas for the third time this season.
Texas led 20-17 after the first quarter and started pulling away in the second. The Longhorns held Iowa State to 10 points in the period on 3-for-16 shooting and expanded their lead to 42-27.
Atkins scored 12 points and White had 10 in the first half for the Longhorns, who shot 65.5 percent from the field before the break. White, a 6-foot-4 junior, created problems by making her mid-range shots and made 5 of 6 shots overall in the first half. Carleton scored 14 points in the first half for Iowa State, but her teammates shot 5 for 20.
Durr's layup midway through the third quarter cut Texas' lead to eight, but McCarty came back with a 3-pointer at the other end. The Longhorns led 56-47 heading into the fourth quarter, and Iowa State never really threatened the rest of the way.
Iowa State: The Cyclones improved late in the season, winning five of eight before Saturday's game, and they hung tight for much of this game. Durr is the only senior on the roster, so chances are good that the team will improve next season.
Texas: The Longhorns took another step toward a possible rematch with rival Baylor.
Iowa State: Season likely is over.
Texas: Will play Oklahoma State or West Virginia in the semifinals Sunday.
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Created: March 03, 2018 08:03 PM
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