No. 16/17 UT Women’s Basketball tops No. 18/19 West Virginia, 73-63

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The Longhorns hold a perfect 6-0 Big 12 record for the first time in program history.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Five Longhorns scored in the double-digits as No. 16/17 Texas Women’s Basketball (12-4, 6-0 Big 12 Conference) triumphed over No. 18/19 West Virginia (14-4, 2-4 Big 12 Conference) inside the WVU Coliseum on Saturday afternoon, 73-63.

With the win, the Longhorns are off to their first 6-0 Big 12 start in program history.

Texas leads the all-times series over West Virginia, 7-5, and has captured the past four meetings.

“It was a terrific road win,” said Texas head coach Karen Aston. “This is a really tough place to play. I have to give this game to our bench. They made the real difference in the game.”

Ariel Atkins

Junior Ariel Atkins and freshman Joyner Holmes both registered a team-high 15 points on the game. Atkins’ 15 points came behind a 6-of-7 effort from the field while also contributing a game-high three steals.

Junior Brooke McCarty totaled 11 points and three assists while sophomore Lashann Higgs added 10 points with four boards and two steals. In her 120th game in the Burnt Orange, Kelsey Lang rounded out the Horns in double figures with 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds.

As a team, Texas shot 50.0 percent (32-64) from the field, marking the second-straight game the Longhorns have shot at or above the .500 mark. West Virginia held a 45.1 shooting percentage (23-51) from the field and a 46.2 percent (6-13) mark from downtown.

West Virginia was led by junior Teana Muldrow with 22 points.

Texas found itself down 2-8 at the 5:40 mark of the opening quarter, but three consecutive layups from Lang tied things at 10. The Mountaineers extended their margin back to five, but the Horns trailed only by one after another Lang bucket closed the first, 17-16 WVU.

The Longhorns went off on a 12-0 run in the second quarter to take control of the lead for the first time in the game, holding West Virginia scoreless until one from the stripe made it 28-18 Texas at the 3:08 mark. It was back and forth from there, but the Horns maintained the 34-25 edge headed into the lockers.

The high-scoring third stanza was highlighted by a 9-0 Texas rally, six points of which came from Holmes, to lead 53-26 with 2:59 remaining in the quarter. The Mountaineers drained their fifth triple of the game to slash into the margin, but a freshman Alecia Sutton layup ended the third, 59-41 Texas.

The Longhorns held a 20-point spread (63-43) after an Atkins layup at the 9:03 mark, but West Virginia proved tenacious in the final quarter as it outscored Texas 22-14. The Mountaineer move was too little too late as the Horns took the game, 73-63.

Next, Texas will return home to host No. 22/25 Oklahoma on Tuesday, Jan. 17. Tip inside the Erwin Center is set for 6 p.m. CT and the game will be carried live on FS1.