Lashann Higgs (10) drives the ball against Canisius forward Sara Hinriksdottir (14) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015, in Austin, Texas. Texas won 92-62. (AP Photo/Michael Thomas)


Women’s Preview: No. 5 Texas at West Virginia

Posted December 29th, 2015


When: 6 p.m. Wednesday

Where: WVU Coliseum, Morgantown, W. Va.

Records: Texas, 11-0; West Virginia, 11-2


Radio: 104.9


Probable starting lineups

24FAriel Atkins
34PImani BoyetteSr.6-711.59.0
1GEmpress DavenportSr.5-97.03.1
11GBrooke McCartySoph.5-411.72.7
2GCelina RodrigoSr.5-65.13.9
30FBreanna StewartSr.6-419.38.6
3FMorgan TuckSr.6-29.31.9
33GKatie SamuelsonJr.5-911.23.3
11GKia NurseSoph.6-09.31.9
4GMoriah JeffersonSr.5-712.72.6



This matchup will be the Big 12 Conference season opener for both teams. Texas, coming off an 83-49 victory over Sam Houston State on Sunday, finished non-conference play with an 11-0 record for the second straight year. Only five UT women’s teams have started 11-0. … Texas piled up a 43-24 rebounding edge against Sam Houston and has out-rebounded 10 of its 11 opponents this season. … Freshman Lashann  Higgs’ eight assists against Sam Houston  were the most by a Texas player this season and the most dished out by a Longhorn since  Brooke McCarty had eight against Oklahoma on Jan. 28, 2015. … The Longhorns’ home opener in Big 12 play comes Saturday against Texas Tech.


Led by Montgomery’s career-high 21 points, the Mountaineers defeated Elon 67-57 Monday to complete their non-conference schedule. Montgomery bested her previous career-high of 15 points, set against James Madison earlier this season. Her perfect 9-of-9 shooting from the field tied six other players for West Virginia’s single-game record for field-goal percentage.  … Since the 2013-14 season, West Virginia has won 24 straight games at home against non-conference opponents. … The Mountaineers also boast an active 13-game win streak at WVU Coliseum that dates back to last season. … Mountaineers coach Mike Carey needs four victories to reach 600 for his career.

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