Wrapped inside a 27-point loss to top-ranked Baylor on Saturday were glimpses of maturity and effort that the Texas women’s basketball team had not shown this season.
At least that was the viewpoint of Longhorns coach Karen Aston, who has criticized her team at times for an inability to sustain effort. This time, Aston thought the 75-48 score did not indicate how competitive Texas looked for roughly 30 minutes of the Big 12 game.
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Texas at Kansas State, 7 p.m., 1300
About this game: Four high school seniors who will join the Longhorns next season have begun their final runs in the state playoffs: 5-foot-11-inch forward Nekia Jones of Beaumont Ozen, 6-4 center Kelsey Lang of The Woodlands, 5-9 guard Brianna Taylor of Spring Dekaney and 6-4 center Lilley VanderZee of Granbury. … Texas defeated the Wildcats 59-40 Jan. 26 in Austin. … Despite a season-high 34 points and 12 rebounds from Brittany Chambers, Kansas State lost to Iowa State 87-71 Saturday in Ames. Chambers recently became the ninth Wildcats player to record more than 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 200 assists in her career. … Kansas State (12-11, 3-8 Big 12) trails the series against Texas 13-11.