2024 Women's NCAA Basketball Tournament

Texas WBB Defeats Drexel Women's Basketball In NCAA Tournament

Texas WBB Defeats Drexel Women's Basketball In NCAA Tournament

No. 1 Texas Women's basketball takes down No.16 Drexel 82-42 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Here's what happened.

Mar 22, 2024 by Deondre Hayes

Texas Women's Basketball advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a 82-42 win over No.16 Drexel. The Lady Longhorns will face the winner of No.8 Alabama vs No.9 Florida St. on March 24. 

This first round matchup marked the first-ever meeting between Drexel and Texas in either programs' history. Texas Women's Basketball will look to take this momentum past the second round,  which is where the Longhorns run ended in the 2023 NCAA Tournament. 

Here's an inside look at the Longhorn's win over Drexel in the first round. 

Drexel vs. Texas WBB Recap

The Lady Longhorns took control of this game early vs. Drexel and never looked back with a final score of 82-42. Drexel started the game strong and were pacing with Texas in the first quarter only being outscored 19-12. 

For the Dragons Amaris Baker got the offense started scoring consecutive layups in response to the Longhorns 9-0 run following tip-off. Baker would hold the game high for Drexel finishing with 10 points on 5-13 FG shooting. 

The game plan for Texas was clear throughout this game with an emphasis to work the ball inside and use the their height and size advantage over Drexel. Texas outscored Drexel 44-18 on points in the paint alone. Leading the charge inside for UT was the trio of Taylor Jones,  Aaliyah Moore and DeYona Gaston. 

All three of these players range from 6-foot-1 to 6-foot-4 while Drexel only has two players above 6-foot on their roster.

At halftime, Texas lead the way 40-20 and would expand the point difference throughout the second half. Shaylee Gonzalez went 3/3 from 3-point FG in the third quarter, she went on to finish the game shooting 5-6 and making UT's only 3-pointers of the game.

Both teams struggled from beyond the arc with Texas shooting 5-10 from 3-point FG compared to Drexel's 3-14 shooting. 

From the middle of the third quarter to the final buzzer the size and athleticism was clearly beginning to wear down Drexel. This was most apparent in the rebounding category where Texas led 51-23, almost half of those being offensive rebounds for Texas, leading to 22 second chance points. 

The Lady Longhorns finished with five players in double figures, here's a look at some of their stats. 

Texas Basketball Star Taylor Jones 

The 6-foot-4 senior forward was dominant from start to finish vs. Drexel here's a look at her final stat line. 

  • 18 points 
  • 7-11 FG shooting 
  • 2 rebounds
  • 4-5 FT

Texas Basketball Star Shaylee Gonzalez 

The 5-foot-10 senior guard made all of UT's 3-pointers in this contest and was a major reason for the Longhorns commanding lead in the third quarter.  Here's a look at her final stat line. 

  • 21 points (Game High) 
  • 8-11 FG 
  • 5-6 3-point FG
  • 2 rebounds
  •  1 assist

Texas Basketball Star Madison Booker

The 6-foot-1 freshman guard played in her First NCAA Tournament Game following her Big 12 Player of the Year season in conference play. Here's a look at her final stat line.

  • 10 points
  • 5-9 FG 
  • 4 rebounds
  • 2 steals  

Who Does Texas Women's Basketball Play In The Second Round ?

Texas will now face the winner of No.8 Alabama vs. No.9 Florida St. on March 24th.

Texas Women's Basketball Stat Leaders 

Here's a look at Texas current stat leaders heading into the NCAA  Women's Tournament.


                                 Name    GP    Pts    Pts/G

  • #35 Booker, Madison    33    559    16.9
  • #44 Jones, Taylor    30    373    12.4
  • #02 Gonzales, Shaylee    34    318    9.4

Three-Point Field Goals

                       Name    GP    3PM    3PA    3P%    3PM/G    3PA/G

  • #02 Gonzales, Shaylee    34    52    143    .364    1.5    4.2
  • #10 Holle, Shay    34    33    87    .379    1.0    2.6
  • #35 Booker, Madison    33    19    60    .317    0.6    1.8


                  Name    GP    REB    AVG/G    OFF    OFF/G    DEF    DEF/G

  • #44 Jones, Taylor    30    196    6.5    64    2.1    132    4.4
  • #23 Moore, Aaliyah    29    168    5.8    55    1.9    113    3.9
  • #35 Booker, Madison    33    159    4.8    26    0.8    133    4.0


                           Name    GP    AST    AST/G

  • #35 Booker, Madison    33    162    4.9
  • #03 Harmon, Rori    12    93    7.8
  • #02 Gonzales, Shaylee    34    91    2.7

Texas Women's Basketball Roster 

Team Roster

                  NAME    POS    HT    CLASS    BIRTHPLACE

  • Madison Booker35    F    6' 1"    FR    Ridgeland, MS
  • Khadija Faye20    F    6' 4"    SR    Dakar, Senegal
  • DeYona Gaston5    F    6' 2"    SR    Pearland, TX
  • Taylor Jones44    F    6' 4"    SR    Forney, TX
  • Aaliyah Moore23    F    6' 1"    JR    Moore, OK
  • Amina Muhammad14    F    6' 4"    SO    Desoto, TX
  • Abbie Boutilier50    C    6' 9"    FR    Flower Mound, TX
  • Tionna Herron8    C    6' 4"    FR    Desoto, TX
  • Jordana Codio13    G    6' 1"    SO    Winter Garden, FL
  • Shaylee Gonzales2    G    5' 10"    SR    Gilbert, AZ
  • Sarah Graves25    G    5' 9"    SO    Keller, TX
  • Rori Harmon3    G    5' 6"    JR    Houston, TX
  • Shay Holle10    G    6' 0"    SR    Austin, TX
  • Gisella Maul21    G    5' 11"    FR    Cedar Park, TX
  • Ndjakalenga Mwenentanda32    G    6' 2"    SO    Sioux Falls, SD

Women's NCAA Basketball Tournament Bracket 

The bracket was announced on March 17. 


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