|The Mountaineers lead 2-1 in the all-time series with Texas under coach Mike Carey.
|Dale Sparks/All-Pro Photography photo
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia women’s basketball team looks to bounce back from its first league loss to Baylor, as it will face Texas at noon on Sunday, Jan. 12 at the WVU Coliseum.
The Mountaineers (13-2, 2-1 Big 12) have defeated Kansas and Oklahoma State in conference play, while the Longhorns (11-4, 2-1 Big 12) have fallen to Oklahoma State, and took wins from Kansas State and, most recently, Oklahoma in overtime.
The Longhorns were picked to finish fifth in the Big 12 Preseason Poll under second year coach Karen Aston. Texas has five players 6-foot-1 or taller with sophomore center Imani McGee-Stafford standing at 6-foot-7.
The Longhorns are averaging 72.9 points per game, while limiting opponents to only 55.4 points per game, the second-lowest scoring defense in the Big 12. Junior forward Nneka Enemkpali leads all players in scoring and rebounding with 14.1 points and 8.0 rebounds per game.
Senior guard Chassidy Fussell averaged 10.4 points per game and led UT’s 3-point shooting in nonconference play, but suffered a knee injury in her final nonconference outing that has sidelined her for Big 12 play. Fussell’s playing status is day-to-day.
In Fussell’s absence, guards Krystle Henderson and Brady Sanders have combined for 31 of Texas’ 3-pointers. McGee-Stafford averages 9.3 points and 7.1 rebounds per game in all 15 games this season. She also leads UT in blocked shots with 22 this season.
In its last outing, Texas came back from a 12-point halftime deficit to defeat Oklahoma 79-74 in overtime. Senior guard GiGi Mazionyte’s last-possession 3-pointer sent the teams into overtime. UT went on to make 9-of-10 free throw attempts in the OT period to seal the win.
Texas collected 21 total points from the free throw line, shooting 70 percent, in its last outing, while also making 41.5 percent (27-65) from the field. UT also outrebounded Oklahoma 49-31.
WVU and Texas meet for the fourth time in program history Sunday. WVU trails 2-1 in the all-time series, dating back to March 17, 2012. Last season, WVU and Texas split the series at 1-1, each taking a win on their respective home court. In the final regular-season game, Texas defeated WVU 58-45 at the Erwin Center in Austin.
Sunday’s game will be broadcast live nationally on Fox Sports Net with Bob Licht and Brenda VanLengen. Fans can also listen to the game live with Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG online at WVUsports.com, with Jeff Culhane and Meg Bulger on the call.
Sunday’s game is a United Bank Dollar Day with admission only $1 at the gate courtesy of United Bank.