NORMAN, Okla. – The West Virginia University women’s basketball team was unable to hold a 15-point lead and eventually fell, 90-87, in a double overtime loss to No. 19 Oklahoma on Tuesday, at the Lloyd Noble Center.
The Mountaineers (16-8, 4-8) opened the game with a 9-0 run and held a 15-point lead midway through the third quarter. However, Oklahoma (19-6, 10-3) used a 23-11 fourth quarter period to take force of the game to overtime. Both teams traded 11 points in the first overtime, but eventually OU scored four consecutive points late in the second OT to take the victory. Overall, there were 11 ties and 15 lead changes in the contest.
Sophomore Tynice Martin led the Mountaineers with a career-high 35 points, just one shy of tying the sophomore program record of 36 scored by Meg Bulger. Teana Muldrow contributed with her fifth double-double of the season with 22 points and 13 rebounds. Lanay Montgomery finished with 10 points and nine rebounds. Chania Ray and Muldrow each dished out five assists in the setback.
Offensively, WVU shot just 36.6 percent (26-of-71) from the field compared to Oklahoma’s 44.8 percent (30-of-67). Both teams corralled 44 rebounds each. WVU’s 21 turnovers resulted in 29 Oklahoma points, while 17 OU miscues resulted in 17 points for the Mountaineers. West Virginia knocked down 11 three-pointers in the loss.
“It was a good game,” coach Mike Carey said. “Both teams played hard. They executed down the stretch and we didn’t. That was the difference in the game. Tynice (Martin) had a great game. I thought Teana (Muldrow) played well. We just couldn’t get that third and fourth person to step up and play on either end. Give them credit.”
West Virginia sprinted out to a nine-point lead in the first three and a half minutes, which included six points from Martin and buckets from Katrina Pardee and Montgomery. The Sooners were held scoreless for the first six minutes, but fought back to trim the game to 11-8. However, WVU used an 8-3 run to close the period and take a 19-11 advantage at the end of the period.
Montgomery’s putback and Pardee’s two free throws stretched the Mountaineer lead to 12, 25-13, with 5:25 remaining. The Sooners cut the game to eight on a couple of occasions and trimmed the contest to 33-25 at halftime after a Gioya Carter jumper.
Martin opened the third quarter with back-to-back three-pointers to push the WVU advantage to 39-25. Vionise Pierre-Louis’ two consecutive layups sparked a 6-2 Sooner run to trim the game to 10. WVU responded with a Ray three-pointer, while Martin made a jumper and converted the and-one to push the Mountaineer lead to 15 points. West Virginia held a 12-point lead, 56-44, at the end of three.
Oklahoma used a 14-2 run in the fourth quarter and trim the West Virginia lead to 60-53 with 6:39 remaining. The Mountaineers made only one field goal in the fourth quarter and were outscored 23-11 as the game was tied 67-67 at the end of regulation.
Both teams swapped buckets in the overtime period as the Mountaineers and Sooners swapped leads and finished tied at 78-78 at the end of the first OT.
A Wyatt three-pointer and five Sooner free throw makes in the last minute sealed the Oklahoma win. Pierre-Louis led Oklahoma with 33 points and 13 rebounds.
West Virginia returns home to play Oklahoma State in a 6:30 p.m. ET contest on Saturday, Feb. 11. It is the annual Play 4Kay Pink game, and fans are encouraged to wear pink. Admission to Saturday’s contest is free courtesy of WVU Medicine. Fans can print a free ticket online at WVUsports.com.
NOTES: West Virginia lost three consecutive games for the first time since the 2014-15 season … West Virginia is now 8-1 when Martin scores 20 or more points in a game … Teana Muldrow is now 40 points away from becoming the 33rd Mountaineer to join the 1,000-point club ... the double-double is the fifth for Muldrow this season.