The WVU women’s basketball team took one on the chin against Texas on Monday at the WVU Coliseum.
The Mountaineers really could be one of the best teams in the Big 12. But the Longhorns truly are the best team in the Big 12. This is one of the best teams in the country and they showed why that is the case on Monday.
Texas earned a 73-55 team against the WVU basketball team behind a strong defensive effort. West Virginia was limited to a 31 shooting percentage, despite making 50 percent on 3-pointers. The Longhorns held the Mountaineers to single digits in the second and third quarters.
The WVU basketball team did hold a one-point advantage at the end of the first quarter, but basically went cold after that. The Mountaineers failed to put together any sustainable runs. There were two players that reached double figures as Naomi Davenport scored 14 points and Teana Muldrow added 12.
For Texas, Jatarie White scored 18 points and Ariel Atkins added 17. The lead changed three times and the score was tied twice, but all that happened early on. The Longhorns really had control of this one for most of the way.
Texas had 17 second-chance points and12 fast-break points, compared to just eight second-chance points and two fast-break points for the Mountaineers. Texas held a 44-34 rebounding advantage. For the WVU basketball team, all eight players who were in the game grabbed at least one rebound. Kristina King had a total of seven for the Mountaineers.
With the loss, the Mountaineers are now 17-7 on the year, though the setback now has them at 5-7 against other Big 12 teams. The WVU basketball team plays again on Saturday at Texas Tech. The women beat the Red Raiders by 30 points a week ago.
Texas Tech is the worst team in the conference. With an overall record of 7-15, the Red Raiders are on a four-game losing streak. Their lone conference win is against Kansas.