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Texas women end Baylor’s 55-game home winning streak, 85-79

The Lady Longhorns have now won 17 straight games.

NCAA Womens Basketball: Texas at Baylor Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Texas Longhorns women’s basketball head coach Karen Aston finally exorcised one of her greatest professional demons on Monday evening, as her Longhorns defeated the Baylor Bears 85-79 in Waco.

The victory put No. 11-ranked Texas into sole possession of first place in the Big 12 standings and represented an historic occurrence against No. 2-ranked Baylor — the Longhorns hadn’t beaten the Bears since 2010 and Aston had never done so herself.

Moreover, Kim Mularkey’s squads had been the closest thing to UConn in women’s basketball at home over the last several years, avoiding any losses in the Ferrell Center for nearly three years, a stretch of 55 games.

Junior Brooke McCarty led the way for Texas with a season-high 22 points and freshman Joyner Holmes pitched in with a double-double. The emerging star forward also scored four straight points with the game on the line after Baylor surged back with a 25-5 run.

Senior Brianna Taylor then took a charge and scored on a layup with four seconds remaining to secure the victory.

Fans frustrated with the men’s team and interested in watching some quality basketball can check the women out at the Erwin Center at 1:30 p.m. CT on Saturday. Longhorn Network will also carry the game.