The WVU women’s basketball team went one for two in the Big 12 Tournament, beating Oklahoma State but falling to Texas.
West Virginia was the No. 6 seed, so making it to the semifinals is a solid accomplishment. But with Mike Carey as the head coach, this program always strives for more. Just like on the men’s side, the Big 12 remains one of the toughest conference in college basketball. Playing with the best in the country is a huge task.
West Virginia did hold its own to win a nice opening round game against OSU. That will look good on the NCAA Tournament resume, even though the Mountaineers should have locked up a spot by winning more than 20 games again.
In the win, Naomi Davenport led the way with 21 points and Kristina Pardee added 15 points. The WVU basketball team outrebounded OSU, 39-28, with Davenport grabbing nine boards.
Against Texas, West Virginia started out slow but mounted a strong comeback to make it a game in the second quarter. Davenport led the Mountaineers in scoring again with 17 points. The WVU basketball team was strong on the glass again with 40 rebounds.
However, the Longhorns were stronger as they grabbed 52 rebounds. Jatarie White had a double-double for Texas with 12 rebounds and 11 points. A total of 12 players saw action for Texas, which shows how much depth can play a factor when building a program.
The Mountaineers only turned the ball over nine times, so it was the offensive firepower of the Longhorns that simply wore them down. Texas is a strong team and a consistent top 10 force. Winning a national title is tops on the mind of this Big 12 powerhouse.
West Virginia still has winning on its mind and making it to at least an Elite Eight would make this year a total success. Early exits from the NCAA Tournament are unfortunately common for the Mountaineers, so bucking that trend would be ideal this season.