AUSTIN, Texas – Danielle Adams scored 26 points and No. 5 Texas A&M beat Texas 68-65 on Sunday, the Aggies' 10th consecutive win over their big rivals.
Texas A&M held the Longhorns to just 17 points in the first half — the second-lowest first-half total in Texas history — then had to hold on as Texas scored 48 in the second to rally.
Adams made two critical free throws with 16 seconds left to put the Aggies ahead 66-59 and put the game out of reach. The Longhorns made two last desperate 3-pointers, the last with 1 second left.
Yvonne Anderson scored 24 points for the Longhorns (17-11, 6-8 Big 12) and sparked the second-half rally before Texas lost its third in a row and fourth in five games.
Tyra White scored 14 for Texas A&M (24-3, 12-2).
Texas desperately needed a win to solidify its chances for making the NCAA tournament as an at-large selection if the Longhorns can't play their way in by winning the Big 12 tournament. Texas is 0-10 against ranked opponents this season and has just two games left to get to .500 in conference play.
In the first half, the Aggies stifled Texas with defense that challenged every shot on the perimeter and denied just about any entry pass the Longhorns looked for. Texas shot just 22 percent from the field in the half and 11 of its first 17 shots were from 3-point range. Pressure from Aggies guards twice forced the Longhorns into shot-clock violations and Texas had 13 turnovers in the half.
Texas A&M would have had a bigger lead if not for its own shooting problems. Adams and White scored at will and the Aggies got 24 of their 32 points in the half in the paint, but A&M otherwise struggled to shoot from any distance longer than about 8 feet.
The start of the second half wasn't much different. Adams scored 10 of the Aggies' first 14 points of the second, easily posting up for layup.
Texas eventually started hitting all the shots it was missing in the first and scored 17 points in 7 minutes. But even then, the Longhorns were struggling to chip away at the lead. When Texas coach Gail Goestenkors was hit with a technical foul, Sydney Carter's two free throws gave Texas A&M a 48-34 lead.
A 20-11 run by Texas, with a rash of turnovers by the Aggies, eventually helped the Longhorns cutting the lead. Texas shot 59 percent in the second half and Kathleen Nash's 3-pointer got Texas within nine.
Anderson scored 10 points in the run and her 3-point play made it 60-54 with 5 minutes left.
Chassidy Fussell's layup with 21 seconds left pulled Texas within five, but Ashley Gayle was whistled for her fifth foul to send Adams to the line for the game-clinching free throws. The Aggies made 10 of 13 free throws in the second half.