LAS VEGAS -- Chassidy Fussell scored 14 points and Texas (No. 23 AP) beat in-state rival Southern Methodist 91-73 on Saturday in the BTI Classic.
Kathleen Nash added 12 points, Ashleigh Fontenette scored 11 and Chelsea Bass had 10 for the Longhorns (6-3), whose defense virtually shut down SMU (5-4) in the second half. Texas led 42-40 at halftime before pulling away behind its balanced scoring.
Akil Simpson scored 17 to lead the Mustangs, who had won five of their last six. Christine Elliott added 13 points, and Samantha Mahnesmith and Delisha Wills had 12 each.
The Longhorns had lost three of their last four, all to teams ranked in the top 15.