LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com/AP) — Freshman guard Brooke McCarty scored 20 points off the bench and No. 10 Texas dominated the boards to roll to a 75-65 win over UCLA on Sunday.
McCarty made 5 of 9 3-pointers to pace Texas’ offense, and set highs in points, 3-pointers and field goals (7) for her young career.
Ariel Atkins added 14 points for the Longhorns, Kelsey Lang had 12 points and six rebounds and Nneka Enemkpali had 10 points and 12 rebounds for her 22nd career double double.
The Longhorns (3-0) outrebounded the Bruins 50-34, including 20 offensive boards that led to 20 second-chance points.
For UCLA (0-3), Nirra Fields had 19 points and eight rebounds and Kari Korver added 12 points. The Bruins had a higher shooting percentage and more blocks and assists, but couldn’t overcome the rebounding deficit.
Texas clung to a slim 31-30 lead near the end of an up-tempo first half that featured three lead changes, but McCarty hit two 3-pointers in the final 56 seconds to give the Longhorns some breathing room and send them into halftime up 37-32.
Texas pulled away at the start of the second half when Atkins hit back-to-back field goals to spark a 9-2 run. UCLA crawled back within seven at 48-41, but McCarty responded five points during a 7-0 run to stretch Texas’ lead back out to double figures.
The Bruins had one more run in them, as Fields made consecutive 3-pointers to cut the Longhorns’ lead to 68-63 with 3:25 remaining, but Texas didn’t allow another field goal the rest of the way.
UCLA, who faced their second of five ranked opponents through their first 11 games, will host Nebraska on Friday.
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