Mountaineers Begin Two-Game Road Swing


By Katie Kane for WVUsports.com
January 21, 2014 11:09 AM
Senior guard Taylor Palmer led WVU with 19 points, including three 3-pointers the last time WVU played Texas Tech.
Dale Sparks/All-Pro Photography photo
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. The No. 18 West Virginia women’s basketball team travels to Texas for a two-game road swing, starting with a 7:30 p.m. ET tip with Texas Tech on Wednesday, Jan. 22.
 
The Mountaineers are 16-2 overall and 5-1 in Big 12 play. WVU is undefeated in road play, going 6-0, and enters Wednesday’s matchup on a three-game win streak. In their last outing, the Mountaineers defeated Oklahoma, 77-63, at the WVU Coliseum.
 
Sophomore guard Bria Holmes leads four Mountaineers averaging double figures, with 13.9 points per game. Holmes has the most field goals made (89) and has collected 34 threes this season. Senior center Asya Bussie averages 13.1 points per game and leads WVU in rebounding with 7.3 boards per game. Senior guards Christal Caldwell and Taylor Palmer round out the top four scorers with 12.3 and 11.1 points per game, respectively.
 
Texas Tech is currently 6-11 overall and still in search of its first Big 12 Conference win, as it is 0-6. The Lady Raiders lost four starters from last season’s squad that went 21-11 and 11-7 in Big 12 play.
 
The Lady Raiders are led in scoring by junior guard Amber Battle with 18.4 points per game and 18.3 points per Big 12 game. Battle shoots 48.2 percent (120-249) from the field, including 11 threes. She leads the Lady Raiders in rebounding with 8.0 boards per game and shoots 69.3 percent (61-88) from the free throw line.
 
Redshirt-freshman Minta Spears averages 9.1 points per game, while freshman guard Marina Lizarazu averages 6.2 points per game. Spears leads all players with 24 threes, while Lizarazu leads the team in assists with 54. Senior forward/center Shauntal Nobles is TTU’s second-leading rebounder with 6.1 rebounds per game.
 
As a team, Texas Tech averages 60.9 points and 37.1 rebounds per game. The Lady Raiders are coming off an 82-56 loss at Oklahoma State. Battle led all players with 21 points, while Nobles pulled down 10 rebounds.
 
WVU and Texas Tech meet for the third time in program history Wednesday. WVU trails 2-0 in the all-time series with Texas Tech. Last season, WVU dropped the initial game in Morgantown, 77-73, on Jan. 22, 2013, and fell 76-63 in Lubbock on Feb. 6, 2013.
 
The Mountaineers travel from Lubbock to Austin for a 4 p.m. ET tip with Texas on Saturday, Jan. 25. Fans can listen to both games live with the Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG online at WVUsports.com and on WRLF-FM 94.3 in Fairmont, with Jeff Culhane on the call.



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