Mountaineers Enter Big 12 Quarterfinals

  • By Katie Kane
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  • March 07, 2014 06:59 PM
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The Mountaineers earned a bye to the Quarterfinal Round as the No. 2 seed after winning a share of the Big 12 Regular-Season title. 
Dale Sparks/All-Pro Photography photo
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.The No. 7 West Virginia women’s basketball team enters the 2014 Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship Quarterfinal Round as the No. 2 seed on Saturday, March 8, at 7 p.m. ET.
Held at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, the Mountaineers will face the winner of the first round game between No. 7-seeded TCU and No. 10-seeded Texas Tech, which takes place Friday at 9:30 p.m. ET.
Coach Mike Carey, who was named Big 12 Coach of the Year, guided the Mountaineers to a 16-2 Big 12 record for a share of the regular-season conference title. WVU enters Saturday’s game on a 10-game win streak and a 27-3 overall record.
WVU swept the home-and-home regular-season series with both TCU and Texas Tech. TCU enters tournament play with a 17-13 overall record, finishing Big 12 play 8-10, while Texas Tech is 6-23 overall and 0-18 in Big 12 play. The Mountaineers lead the series with the Horned Frogs, 6-0, all time, while the series with the Lady Raiders is tied at 2-2.
TCU’s Zahna Medley, who was named to the All-Big 12 First Team, averages 16.4 points per game, with a team-leading 68 threes this season. The last time WVU met with TCU, the Mountaineers took a 61-57 win in Fort Worth, Texas. Medley recorded 23 points, including five threes in that outing, while WVU’s Asya Bussie, who was also named to the league’s first team, led three Mountaineers in double figures with 16 points. The only other Horned Frog to record double figures in the game was Donielle Breaux with 15 points.
WVU has held 20 opponents to 60 points or less this season, including 11-of-18 Big 12 games. The Mountaineers limited Texas Tech to only 37 points in the last meeting between the two schools, the lowest Big 12 point total for WVU and lowest point total for all opponents this season. In that outing, on Feb. 26 in Morgantown, WVU took a 69-37 win. Sophomore guard Bria Holmes, an All-Big 12 First Team selection, led WVU with 28 points, while TTU’s Ivonne Cook-Taylor led the Lady Raiders with 12 points. Texas Tech’s leading scorer is All-Big 12 Second Team selection Amber Battle, averaging 16.2 points per game.
Saturday’s game will air live nationally on Fox Sports Net, and locally, on ROOT Sports. The game will air live free with the Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG online at WVUsports.com, with Jeff Culhane and Meg Bulger on the call. In Morgantown, the game will air live on 100.9 WSZT-FM, in Cumberland, Md., on WCBC-AM 1270, in Parkersburg on WADC-AM 1050 and in Charleston on WSCW-AM 1410 and WJYP-AM 1300.
Tickets for all sessions are available through Ticketmaster by calling 1-800-745-3000.  They can also be purchased at the Chesapeake Energy Arena box office Monday - Friday from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. CT.
Prior to WVU’s game, the Big 12 Conference will host a fan festival from 4-6:30, on Reno Ave., between the Cox Convention Center and the Chesapeake Energy Arena. The Fan Festival will include live music, inflatables, a rock wall, face painting, sport court and the opportunity to get a picture with the Big 12 Championship trophy.