West Virginia

No. 24/25 Women’s Basketball holds off West Virginia rally for 69-56 win

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Texas led 48-45 in the fourth quarter but surpassed West Virginia by 21-11 in the final third, earning a 69-56 win on the road Wednesday night at the WVU Coliseum.

Sonya Morris scored 12 of their 17 points in the second half and Rori Harmony scored 14 points and added six rebounds, six assists and four steals. Taylor Jones scored 12 points in 6-8 shooting and Shaylee Gonzales scored 11 points. De Yona Gaston scored eight points and grabbed nine rebounds.

After West Virginia cut Texas’ lead to three by 48-45, Gaston started the fourth quarter with a basket and converted a free throw when she was fouled. West Virginia would cut the lead to five at 57-52, but Khadija Faye pulled down an offensive rebound and putback to give Texas a 59-52 advantage with 4:54. The Longhorns turned up the defense in the final quarter Amina Muhammad Make a steal to give Texas a boost.

Texas converted 10-12 free throws in the second half to end the game on the stretch.

Next, the Longhorns (17-6, 8-2) travel to Lawrence, Kan. for a fight against Kansas on Saturday, February 4 at 4:00 p.m. CT.

game notes

Texas improve to 15-0 on the season when they hold an opponent to 59 points or less.

• The Longhorns had 14 offensive rebounds and had a 17-5 lead in second chance points. Texas gave West Virginia just four offensive rebounds.

• Texas overtook West Virginia 39:25. The Longhorns have passed their opponent 17 times in 23 games and are 14-3 in those 17 games.

• The Longhorns have won four straight conference games and held their opponents to 59.5 points in those four games.

• The Texas defense held West Virginia 3-11 (27.3 percent) off the field in the fourth quarter after the Mountaineers shot 10-14 (71.4 percent) in the third quarter.

• Texas held West Virginia to eight points in the second quarter for 16th placeth th time this season they’ve kept an opponent in single digits for a quarter.

• The Longhorns forced 18 turnovers in West Virginia.

• The Longhorns used a 10-0 first quarter lead to take a 13-2 lead, forcing West Virginia to time out.

Shaylee Gonzales scored 10 points on a 4-6 shooting and dished out four assists in the first half. Gonzales has hit double digits for the 16th time this season and has double digits in seven straight games.

Sonya Morris scored 10 points in the third quarter. Morris scored in double digits for 16th placeth time this season with her 17 points.

Rori Harmony achieved double digit scores for 13th placeth times this season and the fifth game in a row. Harmon has provided five or more assists in 15 of their 18 games this season.

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