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No. 22 West Virginia Falls at No. 12 Texas

  • By Russell Luna
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  • January 29, 2017 06:54 PM
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AUSTIN, Texas  -  The No. 22-ranked West Virginia University women’s basketball team couldn’t overcome a 12-point fourth quarter run by No. 12 Texas, as the Mountaineers fell, 69-54, on Sunday afternoon in front of 4,123 fans at the Frank Erwin Center.
 
There were four lead changes and West Virginia (16-6, 4-6) led by as many as four in the first quarter. WVU had trimmed the deficit to three, 48-45, at the end of the third quarter. However, UT (16-4, 10-0) used a 12-point spurt to push its lead to 15 points. The victory gave Texas its 14th consecutive victory and 10th in Big 12 play.
 
Lanay Montgomery led the team with 11 points and five rebounds after making 4-of-5 from the field. Teana Muldrow also reached double-figures with 10 points in just 12 minutes because of foul trouble. Kristina King paced the team with seven points.
 
“When the game was on the line, they played better than we did,” coach Mike Carey said. “They executed and played harder. We gave up some picks (in the fourth quarter) and gave up some threes to (Brooke) McCarty. I thought she was the key to that 12-0 stretch.”
 
WVU shot 39.1 percent (18-of-46) from the field compared to Texas’ 47.3 percent (26-of-55). The Longhorns won the rebound battle, 35-28, and outscored WVU inside the paint, 28-22. The Mountaineers dished out nine assists and collected seven steals, but UT converted 23 WVU turnovers into 22 points.
 
Foul trouble hampered the Mountaineers in the opening half as Chania Ray, Montgomery and Muldrow were all limited most of the half due to two fouls each.
Muldrow scored six of West Virginia’s first eight points, as the Mountaineers opened the first five minutes with an 8-4 advantage. Texas used its size inside to utilize a 10-2 run and took a 14-10 lead. Alexis Brewer’s trey as time expired at the end of the quarter snapped a three-minute drought and made it at the 14-13 contest.
 
WVU used a Brewer layup and a Pardee trey to take an 18-14 lead at the 8:23 mark. UT’s Kelsey Lang scored a layup and made the and-one to push the Longhorn lead to six with two minutes left in the opening half. Desiree Rhodes’ layup trimmed the West Virginia deficit to 30-26 at the break.
 
Muldrow’s basket early in the third cut the contest to within two. However a 6-0 Longhorn run pushed UT to a nine-point lead. The Mountaineers fought back with a 6-0 run and eventually closed the gap to 48-45 at the end of three.
 
Brooke McCarty’s back-to-back three-pointers and two buckets from Joyner Holmes sparked a 12-0 fourth quarter run to give Texas a comfortable 15-point lead. McCarty finished with a team-leading 15 points for the Longhorns. 
 
The No. 22 Mountaineers take a midweek break before resuming action against Iowa State on Saturday, Feb. 4, in a noon tipoff. Tickets for Saturday’s contest are $1 courtesy of United Bank.  The Coca-Cola Halftime Series will return to the WVU Coliseum, as Tony Hoard and his K9 crew Frisbee dog team will perform a high-flying act at halftime.
 
NOTES: The Longhorns now lead the series 8-5 and are 5-0 in Austin … Lanay Montgomery led in scoring with 11 points, followed by Teana Muldrow with 10 … Anja Martin recorded her first block of the season.