No. 12/13 Texas Women’s Basketball Handles No. 22/22 West Virginia, 69-54

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The Horns have recorded their first perfect January since 1989.

AUSTIN, Texas – No. 12/13 Texas Women’s Basketball (16-4, 10-0 Big 12 Conference) capped its first perfect January since 1989 as it pushed past No. 22/22 West Virginia (16-6, 4-6 Big 12 Conference) inside the Erwin Center on Sunday afternoon, 69-54.

The Longhorns are now on a 14-win streak and boast their best opening conference record in program history.

Ariel Atkins. Photo from TexasSports.com

Texas leads the all-times series over West Virginia, 8-5, and holds a perfect 5-0 record when the game is played in Austin. Today’s win marks the Longhorns’ second-straight season sweep over the Mountaineers.

“Neither team would probably say it was the best executed game offensively,” said Texas head coach Karen Aston. “I think it had a lot to do with both teams playing competitively defensively. It was really just two tough, defensively minded teams.”

Junior Brooke McCarty led all scorers with 15 points behind a 3-5 effort from downtown. She also tied her season high with six assists. Senior Kelsey Lang totaled 13 points and picked up game highs in both rebounds and blocks with eight and two, respectively.

Sophomore Lashann Higgs lifted the bench with 10 points and a team-high three steals.

As a team, Texas shot 47.3 percent (26-55) from the field while holding West Virginia to a 39.1 shooting percentage (18-46). The Horns outrebounded the Mountaineers, 35-28, and dished out 15 assists.

West Virginia was led by senior Lanay Montgomery with 11 points.

WVU held the early 6-2 edge, but Texas managed to tie things at 10 after a spin-move jumper from Lang. Two straight buckets from Higgs put the Horns on top by four, but the Mountaineers knocked down a triple at the buzzer to cut the lead to 14-13 Texas.

A 5-0 West Virginia push put the Mountaineers on top again, but the Horns responded with a 7-0 spread of their own to take the 21-18 advantage at the media. Texas stayed in control to lead 30-26 at the half.

McCarty led the way for the Horns with seven points and her first triple of the game in the third quarter, but West Virginia used 66.7 shooting percentage (6-9) to make it a one-possession game at the end of the third, 48-45 Texas.

As steady as ever, McCarty knocked down consecutive threes within 41 seconds of each other to put the Longhorns on top by nine (54-45) at the 8:11 mark of the fourth. Texas held WVU scoreless for over five minutes and held the 21-9 scoring edge to narrow in on the 69-54 victory.

Coming up, Texas will travel to Stillwater, Okla. to match up against Oklahoma State on Wednesday, Feb. 1. Tip inside the Gallagher-Iba Arena is set for 7 p.m. CT and the game will be carried live on Fox Sports Oklahoma.