The final minute of Texas’ victory over U.C.L.A. was performed from the foul traces. By then, the Longhorns knew they have been headed to the spherical of 16.
Texas, the No. 6 seed, relied on its high-pressure protection to restrict the third-seeded Bruins to 14 factors within the first half and took a 21-point lead. U.C.L.A. couldn’t shut sufficient of that hole within the second half to forestall a 71-62 Texas victory.
The Longhorns will face Maryland, a high-scoring No. 2 seed, on Sunday.
On Wednesday, the Bruins shot 33 p.c whereas Texas shot 51 p.c. Texas was 6 for 17 from past the 3-point arc; U.C.L.A. made simply one in every of its 19 3-point makes an attempt.
Longhorns guard Celeste Taylor led the best way with 24 factors, and level guard Kyra Lambert added 17 factors and 10 rebounds. The Bruins’ Michaela Onyenwere, projected to be a top-10 decide within the W.N.B.A. draft this yr, had 23 factors.
With a wave to the friends and a fast dance, the Longhorns left to arrange for an prolonged keep in San Antonio.