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Texas Longhorns women's basketball advances to the Sweet 16

Texas fans still have a basketball team to cheer for in the NCAA Tournament.

Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Shaka Smart isn't the only Texas Longhorns basketball coach executing a turnaround in Austin -- women's basketball coach Karen Aston is just further along in her fourth season as her team advanced to the Sweet 16 for a second consecutive year on Monday night when the 'Horns defeated the Missouri Tigers, 73-55, at the Erwin Center in Austin.

Sophomore guard Ariel Atkins led the way with a career-high 22 points, but it was a team effort -- all 13 players saw action, five different players hit three pointers, and the team assisted on 20-of-30 made baskets. With the victory, Texas has won 30 games for the first time since the 2003-04 season under legendary coach Jody Conradt.

"I just can't say enough about how proud I am of this basketball team," said Aston. "I'm excited for our team and looking forward to moving on. I thought we beat a really good team tonight. I thought our defense really took them out of the things that they do best. I'm really, really proud."

Missouri shot only 31.4 percent for the game and started out ice cold, hitting only 3-of-16 attempts during a decisive first quarter that saw Texas race out to a 17-9 lead and never look back.

Overall, the Longhorns dominated in the paint, out-rebounding the Tigers 47-33 and scoring 38 points around the basket compared to only 10 for Missouri. Two blocks by senior center Imani Boyette helped her reach 300 for her career, becoming only the second player in school history to achieve that feat.

Next up is No. 3 UCLA on Saturday at 1 p.m. CT on ESPN in Bridgeport, Conn. The Bruins enter the game on a hot streak, having won 10 of the last 12 games.