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Texas WINS Big 12 Championship

By PassThaBall, 03/12/24, 11:00PM PDT


Kansas City, MO ~ Throughout the NCAA Women's Basketball season, the spotlight has consistently shone on standout freshmen players, notably Audi Crooks from Iowa State and Madison Booker from Texas. Crooks' exceptional performance, averaging close to 19 points per game with an impressive 58 percent shooting rate, has been instrumental in propelling Iowa State to the Big 12 Women’s Tournament. On the other hand, Texas has found its own freshman star in Madison Booker, whose explosive scoring talents were evident in her remarkable 26-point contribution during the championship game.

In the highly anticipated matchup, Texas asserted its dominance with a commanding 70-53 victory over Iowa State. Booker, supported by Aaliyah Moore's 14 points and Shaylee Gonzales' 11 points, spearheaded the Longhorns' offense, leaving little room for the Cyclones to stage a comeback. Texas capitalized on Iowa State's turnovers, converting them into crucial points while maintaining control over the tempo of the game.

Despite Iowa State's valiant efforts to close the gap, Texas remained composed, with Booker delivering pivotal baskets to thwart any potential comeback bids. The victory not only secured Texas its second Big 12 Tournament title in three years but also strengthened its case for a top seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament.

With an impressive record of 30-4, Texas has been in stellar form, winning 12 of its last 13 games, with its sole loss coming against Big 12 regular-season champions, Oklahoma. The triumph in the Big 12 Tournament served as a fitting finale for Texas as it prepares to transition to the SEC next season.

The championship showdown exemplified the talent and resilience of both teams, with Texas emerging as the deserving winners. As they set their sights on the NCAA Tournament and the challenges of the SEC, Texas showcases the depth of its talent and its readiness to compete at the highest level of collegiate basketball.