Comeback Effort Falls Short at Texas Tech

  • By Russell Luna
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  • January 11, 2017 10:20 PM
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Photo by Mark Strong / Texas Tech Athletic Communications
LUBBOCK, TexasA valiant fourth quarter comeback effort fell short, as No. 18/19-ranked West Virginia fell, 75-66, to Texas Tech on Wednesday evening at the United Supermarkets Arena.
WVU (14-3, 2-3) trailed by 14 at the end of the third quarter. The Mountaineers utilized a 21-4 run over six minutes in the fourth quarter, eventually tying the game at 3:02 with a Lanay Montgomery jumper. Ivonne CookTaylor hit a two to put TTU up 62-60. WVU responded with two free throws from Teana Muldrow to tie the game once again. However, Recee’ Caldwell responded with a three to give the Lady Raiders the go-ahead bucket. TTU (11-5, 3-2) scored eight consecutive points down the stretch to remain undefeated in Lubbock with a 10-0 record.
“Give Tech a lot of credit,” coach Mike Carey said. “They played harder than we did and wanted the game more than we did. We did come back, but then we relaxed once we tied it up. We had two opportunities to score when it was tied and they hit a two on one and a three on the other.”
Montgomery paced WVU with 18 points, while collecting seven rebounds. Tynice Martin finished with 17 points after finishing the first half scoreless and Katrina Pardee added 10 points. Muldrow led the Mountaineers with 10 rebounds and Chania Ray dished out eight assists.
WVU shot 43.5 percent (27-of-62) from the field and gave up 43.8 percent shooting (28-of-64) to Texas Tech. The Lady Raiders won the rebound column, 40-32, and scored 18 points off 11 WVU turnovers.
Pardee and Montgomery combined for WVU’s 10-0 run to start the contest. Pardee hit two treys and Montgomery connected on two buckets in the first two and a half minutes. WVU maintained a 19-11 lead at the end of one. Pardee had 10 of WVU’s first 19 points.
A poor shooting second quarter hampered the Mountaineers. WVU made just 3-of-17 in the frame for season-low 17.6 shooting percentage in a quarter compared to 7-of-14 for 50 percent from TTU. WVU was scoreless for nearly four minutes, as Texas Tech capitalized with an 8-0 run. Muldrow’s layup with 24 seconds left in the half, trimmed the deficit to 29-25.
West Virginia again started the third quarter with slow shooting, making just 1-of-8 in the first five minutes. Texas Tech stretched its lead to 14 at the end of the third with a jumper from Zuri Sanders.
Martin’s 3-pointer trimmed the TTU lead to 10 points with 6:41 remaining in the fourth.  WVU then used a 15-2 run to trim the game to four. Montgomery and Muldrow tied the game on two occasions at 3:41 and 3:01. However, TTU scored eight points down the stretch to win its 10th game at home this season. Caldwell led the way with 21 points.
The Mountaineers return home against No. 16 Texas in a 4 p.m. matchup on Saturday, Jan. 14. Saturday’s contest is Superhero Day. Tickets are $1 courtesy of WVUGAME.com. Fans can purchase tickets online at WVUGAME.com or by calling 1-800-WVU GAME.
NOTES: West Virginia’s 17.6 field goal percentage in the second quarter was the lowest of the season for the Mountaineers in the quarter … Mike Carey coached his 900th collegiate game on Wednesday … the series between the Mountaineers and Lady Raiders is now tied at 6-6 … Tynice Martin has reached double-figure scoring in 19 consecutive games.
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