MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Another fourth quarter comeback attempt fell short, as the No. 18/19-ranked West Virginia University women’s basketball team dropped a 73-63 decision to No. 16/17 Texas on Saturday in front of 4,118 fans at the WVU Coliseum.
The Mountaineers (14-4, 2-4) were outscored 43-24 in the second and third quarters, as the Longhorns (12-4, 6-0) built up their lead to 22 points. WVU used a 15-1 run over a four-minute span in the fourth quarter to trim the deficit to eight points, 68-60, with 2:13 remaining. However, Texas scored five points in the final two minutes to secure the victory.
led West Virginia with a season-high 22 points, one short of her career-best 23, while grabbing seven rebounds. Senior Lanay Montgomery
registered her seventh double-double of the year with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Other double-figure scorers included 14 points from Tynice Martin
and 12 from Chania Ray
Overall, West Virginia shot 45.1 percent (23-of-51) from the field and surrendered 50 percent (32-of-64) shooting from Texas. WVU made 6-of-13 (46.2%) from behind the arc and held UT to no three-point makes. The Mountaineers won the rebound battle, but were outscored, 48-24, in the paint.
“At least we didn’t quit playing,” coach Mike Carey said. “Give them credit for that in the fourth quarter. This is two games in a row, in the second and third quarter, the same thing. Texas Tech we scored six points in the second quarter and we scored eight here. Give Texas credit they have a lot of athletes.”
Muldrow scored eight of West Virginia’s first 10 points in a five-minute span. The Longhorns stormed back on an 8-2 run to tie the game at 10 with 3:08 remaining. The contest went back-and-forth with WVU holding a 17-16 edge at the end of the period.
Texas utilized an 18-1 run at the end of the first quarter and the first in seven minutes of the second quarter. Muldrow’s free throw at 3:08 snapped the scoring drought. The Mountaineers closed the half with a 7-2 run to narrow the UT halftime lead to 34-25. WVU shot just 16.7 percent (2-of-12) from the field compared to UT’s 42.9 percent (9-of-21). Muldrow led WVU with 16 points.
In the third quarter, the two squads traded the first nine points before Texas went on a 9-0 spurt to extend its lead to 19 points. The Texas advantage stretched to 22 with 6:47 remaining in the contest. WVU used a 15-1 run and trimmed the deficit to eight, but Texas held on for its 10th consecutive win. Joyner Holmes and Ariel Atkins each had 15 points to lead the Longhorns.
West Virginia looks to rebound with an 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT contest at Kansas on Wednesday, Jan. 18. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.
The first Mike Carey Show of the season begins on Monday, Jan. 16. The show airs from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Kegler’s, Morgantown’s most popular sports bar and restaurant. WVU women’s basketball play-by-play voice Dan Zangrilli will serve as host of the show. Fans can listen on WRLF 94.3 FM and WMMN 920 AM in Morgantown/Fairmont, WPDX 104.9 FM and WPDX 750 AM in Clarksburg and WBKW 1070 AM in Beckley. Additionally, the show will air at WVUsports.com and via the TuneIn radio app.
NOTES: After falling 73-63 to Texas, the series between WVU and Texas stands at six games apiece … A season-high 4,118 people attended the matchup between the Mountaineers and the Longhorns … four Mountaineers scored in double-digits against Texas, marking the 10th time this season that four players have scored 10 or more points …Teana Muldrow
scored a season-high 22 points … Muldrow made a free throw in 12 straight games after going 2-5 from the charity stripe … Chania Ray
led the Mountaineers with three assists and has had multiple assists in 20 straight games … Lanay Montgomery
recorded her 16th career double-double and seventh this season with a 12 point, 14 rebound performance against Texas … Montgomery went 5-of-8 (62.5%) from the field and has shot 40% or better in 12 straight games … Montgomery has grabbed a rebound in 92 straight games … Montgomery blocked three Longhorn shots and has recorded a block in 53 of the last 56 games … Tynice Martin
scored 14 points, marking the 20th straight games that she has scored in double-figures … Martin also extended her streak of consecutive games with a steal to 10.