Leading Texas to an 81-69 win over TCU on Wednesday night, Rory Harmon made history.
Harmon scored 17 points, handed out 11 assists and grabbed 10 rebounds in a 12-point win. The last triple-double recorded by Longhorn was Ashley Fontenette’s 17 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds against UT-Pan American on December 8, 2010. Ellen Bayer (1990) and Edwina Brown (1998 and 2000) are responsible for other triple-double performances in school history.
Harmon’s triple-double was the first for a Big 12 player this basketball season. At the national level, 15 players recorded 16 triple-doubles.
Harmon was close to Fontenette’s feat in the last week. She dropped four rebounds to a triple-double in a 96-53 Texas A&M-Commerce rout on December 28. Then last Saturday she had 15 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds against Kansas State. On Tuesday, Harmon was named Big 12 Partner of the Week.
After defeating Kansas State 87-41, Harmon was asked when she was going to hit that elusive triple-double.
“I’m trying,” the sophomore point guard replied.
Harmon again narrowly missed a triple-double in Fort Worth. Although Harmon had 19 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in in-game statistics, Harmon officially recorded 17 points, 11 assists and 9 rebounds in postgame statistics. After checking, it was found that Harmon made 10 rebounds.
This story by Harmon helped Texas to their eighth win in a row. The Longhorns are now 11-4 and 2-0 in conference play. Texas heads to Oklahoma State (10-4, 0-2) on Saturday.
Against TCU (6-7, 0-2), Texas also trailed junior forward DeYona Gaston with 20 points and 16 points with senior defenseman Shaylie Gonzalez. Fifteen points and 13 rebounds enabled UT junior forward Khadija Faye to double-double for the fourth time in six games.