Texas Women's Basketball took on the Oklahoma Sooners at the Moody Center Wednesday night. There are nights when the defense will not show up, and that's what happened. Sooners Senior forward Skylar Vann recorded a double-double in the 91-87 upset over the Longhorns.
The entire starting five for the Sooners finished with double-digit scoring. Other things led to the loss last night as well. Longhorns Junior forward Aaliyah Moore had a terrible shooting night when they needed her offense. Here are the three takeaways from the loss last night against the Sooners.
Texas Women's Basketball vs. Oklahoma Sooners: 3. Defense
One of the things that led to the upset win for the Sooners last night was the Longhorns' defense. The Sooners had wide-open shots and got to the basket for easy layups. You cannot take a night off on defense in the Big 12 this season.
Big 12 Women's Basketball is a tough conference this season due to all the transfer portal players that joined Big 12 teams. That is one of the reasons why the Sooners were able to pull off the upset on the road against the Longhorns.
Texas Women's Basketball vs. Oklahoma Sooners: 2. Moore's Performance
With Junior guard Rori Harmon out of the season with a torn ACL, the Longhorns needed Moore to step up and provide offense. Moore could not make a basket against the Sooners last night. She went 4-12 from the field and only three out of her six free throws.
Some fans pointed out on social media that her missed baskets were not quality shots. The Longhorns need Moore to be more selective on her shot selection if they want to win the Big 12 this season.
Texas Women's Basketball vs. Oklahoma Sooners: 1. Entire Sooners starting five finished in double digits
The last reason the Longhorns lost was the Sooners starting five finished the game with double-digit scoring. This relates to how bad the Longhorns' defense played last night. If the Longhorns want to win the conference title, they can't allow an entire starting lineup to finish with double-digit scoring. The Longhorns will be back in action at the Moody Center on Saturday Jan. 27 against the Cincinnati Bearcats.