Mountaineers Fall at Texas Tech

  • By Katie Kane
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  • February 06, 2013 11:24 PM
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LUBBOCK, Texas – The West Virginia University women’s basketball fell 76-63 at Texas Tech, Wednesday.

The Mountaineers (13-9, 5-6 Big 12) had more field goals, 3-pointers, rebounds, steals and assists, but sent the Lady Raiders (17-6, 7-4 Big 12) to the free throw line 42 times, of which they capitalized with a season-high 36 points from the line.

The Mountaineers experienced cold shooting from the start, missing 31 attempts in the opening half, for a mere 18.4 field goal percentage (7-38). The Lady Raiders pulled away from a 9-9 tie with a 7-0 run, to lead 16-9 with 8:01 remaining in the first half. Averee Fields rattled off five points to bring WVU within four at 18-14, but Texas Tech continued with 11 straight points until Christal Caldwell hit a three with under a minute to play in the first half. Texas Tech led 29-17 at halftime, a lead it would never let up.

“We had good looks and missed a bunch of them and we’ve been shooting the ball pretty well,” coach Mike Carey said. “We just looked slow, even when we were pressing them. We were reaching and not moving our feet and it carried over on the offensive side. Give them credit. They drove it right at us and that’s what hurt us.”

A Caldwell jumper with 11:03 remaining in the second half, cut the deficit to five points at 44-39, the closest WVU would come for the remainder of the game. WVU improved its shooting in the second half to 54.5 percent on 18-of-33 shooting to finish the game shooting 35.2 percent (25-71) from the field. Texas Tech finished the game 18-of-46 (39.1%) from the field. WVU made seven threes to Tech’s four.

Taylor Palmer led WVU in scoring with 19 points, including three treys. Caldwell added 15 points and another three 3-pointers. Fields chipped in 12 points, seven in the opening half.

Jess Harlee led WVU on the boards with eight rebounds, helping WVU to a 41-37 rebounding advantage. Caldwell grabbed three steals, while Fields added another pair of steals for nine team steals, helping to force 18 Tech turnovers, while limiting their own to 16.

The Mountaineers recorded 30 fouls to Texas Tech’s 11. WVU only saw the free throw line nine times, converting 66.7 percent (6-9), while Tech made 85.7 percent (36-42) from the charity stripe.

Casey Morris led Tech in scoring with 20 points on 4-of-11 shooting and 9-of-9 from the free throw line. Chynna Brown had 17 points on 6-of-11 from the field, while Kelsi Baker and Monique Smalls each had 13 points. Baker led Tech’s rebounding with eight boards and had three blocks, helping the Lady Raiders to six team blocks.

The West Virginia women’s basketball team will travel to Kansas next for a 3 p.m., matchup on Saturday, Feb. 9 in Lawrence.