West Virginia forward Teana Muldrow (11), Texas center Kelsey Lang, center, and West Virginia guard Alexis Brewer (2) fight for the ball in first half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Big 12 Conference tournament in Oklahoma City, Sunday, March 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

BEVO BEAT Women's Basketball

Quick take: West Virginia 62, Texas 59

West Virginia gained control in the second quarter, outscoring the Longhorns 17-5 in the period

Posted March 5th, 2017

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  • Both teams should earn NCAA bids when the selection committee convenes next Monday

OKLAHOMA CITY — Tynice Martin scored 29 points to lead West Virginia to a 62-59 victory over Texas in a Big 12 Conference Tournament semifinal Sunday at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

WVU (22-10) will play Baylor (30-2) in the Big 12 Tournament championship at 8 p.m. Monday.

Texas (23-8) had a chance to tie the game in the waning seconds but Brooke McCarty’s three-pointer from the right corner rattled off the rim. McCarty led the Longhorns with 13 points.

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West Virginia turned an 10-point deficit in a 31-26 lead at halftime. Second-seeded Texas scored a total of 5 points in the pivitol second quarter.

It was a collective meltdown for the Longhorns, who shot 28 percent in the half.  Joyner Holmes, Freshman of the Year in the Big 12, was nearly invisible, going scoreless while committing 3 fouls.

Martin scored 14 points in the first half to energize the sixth-seeded Mountaineers.

Holmes, though, redeemed herself late in the third quarter, scoring 5 points to help the Longhorns regain the lead, 44-42, heading to the fourth quarter.

Baylor punched its ticket to the conference tournament championship by defeating Kansas State 88-71 behind 24 points from senior forward Nina Davis.

 

 

 

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