Big Run Helps WVU Women Beat Texas in Overtime

MORGANTOWN – The West Virginia women’s basketball team closed out a 56-49 overtime decision against Texas on Sunday afternoon at the WVU Coliseum.

Down 48-40 in the final 3:30 of regulation, a Bria Holmes 3, followed by a Taylor Palmer 3 and an Averee Fields layup sent the Mountaineers (14-2 overall, 3-1 Big 12) into overtime with the Longhorns (11-5, 2-2). Texas was held without a field goal for the final 3:30 of regulation and the entire overtime period, while the Mountaineers went on a 16-1 run during that time.

WVU outscored Texas 8-1 in the OT period as Holmes continued the momentum with a 3 with a little more than a minute in to play. Fields added a final jumper and Palmer converted 3 of 4 from the free throw line to seal the victory. The Longhorns turned the ball over four times and with their only point from the free-throw line in overtime.

The Mountaineers took care of the ball, limiting 13 team turnovers to UT’s 26. West Virginia capitalized on turnovers, earning 23 points off Texas giveaways. WVU was outrebounded by Texas, 49-45, but pulled down 22 offensive boards, which helped in gaining 14 second chance points.

”Overall, all the hustles plays – we won the battles,” Coach Mike Carey said. ”We had 22 offensive rebounds to their 14. We had 14 second chance points to their eight. When you’re not shooting well and you’re not playing well, you have to win the hustle plays, and we did that. That’s two games now that if people watched the game, they would swear up and down we didn’t win. That’s the Oklahoma State game and this game. But give our girls credit, those people come off the bench and play extremely hard. They give us a push.”

Fields and Christal Caldwell co-led the Mountaineers with 12 points each, while Palmer added 10 points off the bench. Caldwell and Holmes each had a pair of threes. Fields, Caldwell and Palmer all pulled down seven rebounds to co-lead WVU on the boards. Fields was instrumental in forcing turnovers as she grabbed four steals.

No. 2 Note Dame 79

Virginia 72

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) – Natalie Achonwa scored a career-high 26 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and No. 2 Notre Dame survived a late challenge by Virginia and beat the Cavaliers.

Kayla McBride added 23 points and five assists for the Fighting Irish (15-0, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), and Jewell Loyd had 17.

No. 3 DUKE 78


DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Richa Jackson scored a season-high 17 points and Haley Peters added 15 to help Duke beat Boston College.

Alexis Jones had 10 for the Blue Devils (16-1, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who picked up the 800th victory in their program’s history.


No. 17 COLORADO 77

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) – Chiney Ogwumike had 34 points and 16 rebounds to lead Stanford over Colorado.

Karlie Samuelson had 17 of her 19 points in the first half for the Cardinal (15-1, 4-0 Pac-12), who improved to 11-4 all-time against the Buffs.



TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Shoni Schimmel scored 25 points, five of them in the final seven minutes to help Louisville hold off South Florida.

Schimmel’s three-point play finished an 11-1 run the Cardinals (16-1, 4-0 American Athletic Conference) used to take control for good after USF (8-8, 3-2) trimmed what had been a 17-point second-half deficit to 49-47. Sara Hammond began the spurt with a 3-point play and finished with 14.



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Jasmine Lister scored 22 points and Christina Foggie added 21 as Vanderbilt upset Tennessee giving the Commodores a very rare win over their in-state rival.



LEXINGTON (AP) – Bria Goss scored 20 points to lead Kentucky to a victory against Missouri.

Goss had a clutch three-point play with 3:34 left that helped the Wildcats (14-3, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) snap a two-game losing streak. It was the 700th victory for the program.

No. 10 S. CAROLINA 72


AUBURN, Ala. (AP) – Tiffany Mitchell scored 18 points to lead South Carolina to a comeback victory over Auburn.

Mitchell had six steals for South Carolina (16-1, 3-0 SEC), which entered the game ranked No. 3 nationally in scoring defense. Freshman center Alaina Coates scored all 14 of her points in the first half and shot 4-for-5 from the field in the victory.

No. 12 LSU 82, FLORIDA 68

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Theresa Plaisance scored 19 points and Danielle Ballard got her first double-double of the season as LSU handed Florida its only conference defeat.

No. 13 UNC 65


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Diamond DeShields scored 25 points and North Carolina’s second half effort brought down Florida State.

Stephanie Mavugna tossed in 13 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for North Carolina (14-2, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference).

No. 21 PURDUE 84

No. 14 PENN STATE 74

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – Courtney Moses scored 25 points and Purdue upset Penn State.

Purdue (11-4, 1-2), which lost its Big 10 opening games to Ohio State and Northwestern was up 46-37 over Penn State (11-4, 2-1) at intermission.

No. 16 NEBRASKA 75


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) – Jordan Hooper scored 22 points and Emily Cady added 19 points and 10 rebounds to help No. 16 Nebraska roll to a win over Illinois.

Hooper is now just 10 points shy of 2,000 in her career. Cady made 6 of 9 from the floor and all six of her free throwsfor Nebraska (12-3, 2-1 Big Ten).



SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Brittany Boyd scored 24 points and hauled in seven rebounds to lead No. 19 California to a win over Utah.

California (12-3, 4-0 Pac-12) opened up an early lead with a 9-0 run capped by a Mikayla Lyles 3-pointer that made it 28-15, and held on to the advantage the rest of the game.

No. 20 N.C. STATE 62


WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – Kody Burke’s 18 points helped lead North Carolina State to a victory over Wake Forest.

Both teams were off the mark shooting following the opening tip with NC State (15-2, 2-1 ACC) leading 20-15 at the end of the turnover ridden first half.



TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) – Adrianne Thomas scored 11 points and hit a key 3-pointer to lift Arizona State to a victory against UCLA.


No. 25 GEORGIA 44

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) – Courtney Walker scored 16 points to lead Texas A&M to its second straight win over a ranked team, beating Georgia.

The Aggies (13-4, 3-0 SEC) took an early lead and never lost it, controlling the boards 50-35 and holding the Lady Bulldogs to 16-for-55 shooting (29 percent). Both teams shot poorly from 3-point range, with Texas A&M hitting just 1 of 10 and Georgia faring even worse, making 1 of 15.