If Junior guard Rori Harmon was in the lineup this afternoon against the No. 10 Baylor Bears, there might have been a different outcome. Harmon's absence in the lineup was noticeable as Texas Women's Basketball looked lost without her. BaylorJunior guard Jada Walker took advantage of that as the Bears upset the Longhorns 85-79 at the Moody Center. Here is a summary of today's game if you missed it.
Texas Longhorns Women's Basketball vs. Baylor Bears: First Quarter
The Baylor Bears would win the opening tipoff and open with a 4-0 run. Senior guard Shay Holle would hit a three to get the Longhorns within one. Texas Women's Basketball Head Coach Vic Schaefer would call an early timeout as the Bears would lead 12-2.
Sophomore forward Amina Muhammad would break the scoring drought with two quick layups. The Longhorns' defense would shut down the Bears late in the first quarter. Senior guard Shaylee Gonzales would knock down a three to bring the Longhorns within ten. Despite the offensive surge by the Bears, the Longhorns would only trail by eight at the end of the first quarter.
Texas Longhorns Women's Basketball vs. Baylor Bears: Second Quarter
Junior Forward Aaliyah Moore would cut the Bears' lead to four early in the second quarter. The Bears would quickly build their lead back up to nine as Texas would ball a timeout. The biggest issue for Texas in the game so far is all the mental mistakes they are making.
During that timeout, Texas decided to crash the glass on offense. It's worked out well for the Longhorns as they cut Baylor's lead to five. Baylor would call timeout after the Longhorns cut their lead to one. Baylor would come out of their timeout and go on a 5-0 run. The Longhorns would trail the Bears by six at halftime. It was a better quarter from Texas but need more energy on defense.
Texas Longhorns Women's Basketball vs. Baylor Bears: Third Quarter
Texas would begin the third quarter with another turnover that led to Baylor scoring on the other end. Booker and Holle would jumpstart the Longhorns offense with back-to-back layups. Both teams have been answering each other's baskets. The Longhorns would trail the Bears by seven midway through the third quarter.
Texas would score out of the media timeout to cut the lead to five. Baylor's transition offense cannot be stopped by Texas today as Senior forward Dre'Una Edwards gets the easy layup. Gonzales's three-point shot would bring the Longhorns within four of Baylor.
Texas Longhorns Women's Basketball vs. Baylor Bears: Fourth Quarter
Baylor would commit an over-and-back foul to start the fourth quarter. Booker would capitalize on the Bear's turnover with a layup. Holle would be left open in the corner as she made the three point shot. Edwards cannot be stopped from behind the arc today as she makes a three-pointer.
Bears Junior guard Jayda Walker is another player the Longhorns don't have an answer for today. Walker is so quick down the floor and hasn't missed a shot in the second half of the game. Gonzales and Holle's exhaustion is starting to show in the fourth quarter. The mental mistakes down the stretch for Longhorns gave them their first loss of the season. The Longhorns would lose to the Bears 85-79 and move to 13-1 this season. The Longhorns will now travel to Lubbock to take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders on Jan. 3.
Texas Longhorns Women's Basketball: Harmon's season-ending injury
I'm sure you all know by now that Junior guard Rori Harmon will be out for the remainder of the season. She wrote a letter to Texas fans about how she tore her ACL at practice earlier this week. It's a setback for the Longhorns' run at a Big 12 title this season. She was the conductor of the offense and made her presence known on the floor. If the Longhorns want to win the title this season, other players must step up and score in her absence. I wish Harmon all the best as she recovers from this injury and hope she makes a big comeback in 2024.