Aaliyah Moore, Madison Booker lead No. 1 Texas past Alabama

Texas forward Aaliyah Moore (23) is fouled by Alabama forward Essence Cody (21).

Aaliyah Moore racked up 21 points and 10 rebounds and Big 12 Player of the Year Madison Booker added 21 points as No. 1 seed Texas turned it on in the second half to post a 65-54 win over No. 8 Alabama in a Women’s NCAA Tournament Portland 4 second-round game Sunday in Austin, Texas.

The Longhorns (32-4) advanced to the Sweet 16 for the third time in the past four seasons and will play either fifth-seeded Gonzaga or fourth-seeded Utah in the Region 4 semifinals on Friday in Portland, Ore.

Texas led by 10 points heading into the fourth quarter and never let the Crimson Tide get closer than eight throughout the period despite a contentious final three-minute stretch.

Sarah Ashlee Barker led the Crimson Tide with 17 points while Aaliyah Nye added 14 and Loyal McQueen had 12. Alabama (24-10) shot just 33.9 percent from the floor and was 5-of-18 from beyond the arc.

–Field Level Media

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