Texas Women's Basketball: Takeaways from win vs. Houston

The Texas Longhorns traveled to Houston, Texas, to take on the Houston Cougars Wednesday night. Freshman forward Madison Booker was nominated for National Player of the Year. She showed America why she is considered for the award in the 82-66 win over the Cougars. Here are the three takeaways from the win last night in Houston.

Texas Longhorns forward Aaliyah Moore (23) and forward Madison booker (35) talk to guard Ndjakalenga
Texas Longhorns forward Aaliyah Moore (23) and forward Madison booker (35) talk to guard Ndjakalenga / Aaron E. Martinez/American-Statesman /
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Texas Women's Basketball traveled to Houston to take on the Cougars Wednesday night. It was tightly contested in the first quarter, as the Longhorns only led by one at the end of the quarter.

The Longhorns held the Cougars to nine points in the second quarter as they separated themselves by halftime. Texas Longhorns Women's Basketball Head Coach Vic Schaefer earned his 400th win as the Longhorns won 82-66 against the Cougars. Here are the three takeaways from the win last night against Houston.

Texas Women's Basketball vs. Houston Cougars: 3. Booker could not be stopped tonight

Booker had a night to remember against the Cougars. She finished with 27 points, seven rebounds and four assists. It should come as no surprise she is a candidate for National Player of the Year with those numbers. When Junior guard Rori Harmon tore her ACL, Booker took over at the point guard position and led the Longhorns to a 23-3 record.

Her playing style resembles another player who wore 35 for the Longhorns, Kevin Durant. Booker needs to be on her game with the Iowa State Cyclones coming into town on Saturday.

Texas Women's Basketball vs. Houston Cougars: 2. DeYona Gatson provides offense off the bench

Senior forward DeYona Gatson provided some much-needed offense off the bench tonight for the Longhorns. With 25 minutes of playing time, Gatson scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds. She was one of the difference makers in the game, along with Booker against Houston.

Gatson has played lights out for the Longhorns since she returned from her injury mid-season. The Longhorns will need her on her game when they get to the Big 12 tournament in March.

Texas Women's Basketball vs. Houston Cougars: 1. Schaefer reaches the 400th win plateau

Schaefer got his 400th career win tonight against the Houston Cougars. That is a huge milestone to add to a coach's resume. Schaefer started his collegiate coaching career in 1990 with the Sam Houston State Women's Basketball program.

He then had a couple of associate head coaching jobs with Arkansas and Texas A&M before receiving the head coaching job at Mississippi State. He became the Texas Women's Basketball Head Coach in 2020. Here's a list of his accomplishments over the 400 wins as a Head Coach in Women's Basketball. The Longhorns will return to action on Saturday afternoon as they host the Iowa State Cyclones on ESPN 2.

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