COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Longhorns coach Gail Goestenkors knew that losing 11 consecutive games to rival Texas A&M had weighed heavily on her team.

“It was actually a gorilla,” she said laughing after Texas beat the Aggies 76-71 on Wednesday night.

Chassidy Fussell scored 22 points to help the Longhorns end their skid. The Longhorns (11-4, 1-2 Big 12) were up 72-71 with 2:03 left when Cokie Reed missed a short jumper. She got the rebound and converted a layup to make it a three-point game.

“That was huge,” Goestenkors said. “We talk about offensive rebounds in close games determining the outcome. The determination she had to put that shot in was big.”

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After Adrienne Pratcher missed a jumper on the other end, Texas secured the victory -- its first in the Big 12 this season.

“This was one of our goals, to finally beat A&M,” Texas senior Ashley Gayle said, who scored a career-high 17 points on her 22nd birthday. “Everyone was in attack mode.”

Texas A&M (10-4, 1-2), the defending national champions, lost at home to an unranked opponent for the first time since a setback to Nebraska in February 2005.

“[The Longhorns] were hungry and they used those last 11 games as motivation,” Texas A&M guard Sydney Carter said, who scored a game-high 25 points. “They played to win. This is a learning process for us. We’ll get on the practice court and do what we can to fix those problems.”

Texas A&M coach Gary Blair shook his head at his team being outhustled.

“We’re getting everybody’s best, and we knew that going in,” Blair said. “We’re a proud national champion, but that was last year. These rings don’t mean much when I’ve got [opposing coaches] saying, `Hey, that’s last year. Bring it on, what do you have?’ We have to practice better, not longer.”

UT outscored A&M 40-24 in the paint, and 20-9 on the fast break.

“I’m proud of our team for the way it stood together,” Goestenkors said. “We just found a way. We’ve got great seniors, and they were determined we weren’t going to leave here without a win.”

The Aggies are set to join the Southeastern Conference next season, and Texas has said it’s not interested in playing A&M in any sport for the foreseeable future as nonconference opponents. The teams are scheduled to meet for a last time in Austin on March 4.

“The fact that they’re defending national champions and with this being the last matchup at A&M -- it made everyone more focused,” Gayle said.