Thursday, September 23News That Matters

Texas rolls past U.C.L.A. and into the Sweet 16.

The last minute of Texas’ victory over U.C.L.A. was played from the foul lines. By then, the Longhorns knew they were headed to the round of 16.

Texas, the No. 6 seed, relied on its high-pressure defense to limit the third-seeded Bruins to 14 points in the first half and took a 21-point lead. U.C.L.A. could not close enough of that gap in the second half to prevent a 71-62 Texas victory.

The Longhorns will face Maryland, a high-scoring No. 2 seed, on Sunday.

On Wednesday, the Bruins shot 33 percent while Texas shot 51 percent. Texas was 6 for 17 from beyond the 3-point arc; U.C.L.A. made just one of its 19 3-point attempts.

Longhorns guard Celeste Taylor led the way with 24 points, and point guard Kyra Lambert added 17 points and 10 rebounds. The Bruins’ Michaela Onyenwere, projected to be a top-10 pick in the W.N.B.A. draft this year, had 23 points.

With a wave to the guests and a quick dance, the Longhorns left to prepare for an extended stay in San Antonio.