No. 6 Women’s Basketball powers past West Virginia, 73-55

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Ariel Atkins scores 13 points in a critical fourth quarter in Morgantown.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. —  The No. 6 Texas women’s basketball team (19-4, 10-2 Big 12) defeated West Virginia (17-7, 5-7 Big 12) at the WVU Coliseum on Monday night, 73-55.

Junior Jatarie White notched her second career double-double after registering 18 points and 10 rebounds. Senior Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau scored nine points, had 10 rebounds and three blocks. Senior Ariel Atkins was 3-for-4 in three-pointers and tallied 17 points, including 13 in the critical fourth quarter.

Texas shot 48.4 percent from the field, 63.6 percent from the charity stripe and was 40.0 percent in three-pointers. 38 points came from within the paint, 16 off of turnovers, and 17 from second chance opportunities.

The Longhorns held the Mountaineers scoreless until 6:56, when Ashley Jones sank a three-pointer. The next 12 points came from three-pointers with one credited to senior Brooke McCarty and one apiece to WVU’s Teana Muldrow and Katrina Pardee. At the media timeout, Texas was ahead of West Virginia by a single point. After some fast-paced back-and-forth play with the lead changing six times, the period ended with the Mountaineers ahead by a single point, 19-18.

At the beginning of the second quarter, Texas scored five points straight to regain the lead, and stayed ahead for the duration of the game. White was left unguarded to put in an easy basket, forcing a West Virginia timeout. Texas went on a mini 5-0 run spanning 2:27 before WVU’s Davenport hit a three-pointer. Atkins responded with jumper, leading Texas to score an unanswered four points before the end of the half, the scoreboard reflecting 37-26.

Texas went on to score 19 points after the break, but West Virginia held firm, matching the Longhorn’s third quarter effort with 20 points of their own. However, it wasn’t enough to push past the 11-point cushion that Texas had secured at halftime. In the final period, West Virginia’s Kristina King sunk a pair of free throws that brought the Mountaineers within eight, but an Atkins three-pointer a minute later sent the margin back to Texas by 11. White’s double-double came from a jumper at 4:42, Texas leading 64-54. The largest lead of the game came within the final minute, when Atkins sank yet another three-pointer to push the Longhorn’s margin to 18.

Next, the Longhorns return home for a Saturday night contest against the Kansas State Wildcats. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT. The game will be televised on the Longhorn Network and broadcast on 105.3 FM in Austin or at texassports.com/audio.