Women's Basketball defeated by West Virginia, 53-49
Jan. 9, 2013
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The Texas Women's Basketball team dropped a 53-49 decision to West Virginia in a Big 12 Conference game on Wednesday night in Morgantown.
The Longhorns (7-7, 0-3 Big 12) got career efforts from freshmen Empress Davenport (14 points) and Celina Rodrigo (nine rebounds) but were unable to overcome the Mountaineers(9-5, 1-2 Big 12) in the teams' first conference meeting.
UT outrebounded its 11th opponent of the season with Imani McGee-Stafford leading the way. The freshman center had a game-high 13 rebounds, grabbing 10 in the first half. However, Texas shot just 31.7 percent (19-of-60) from the field.
The teams exchanged leads early on until the Mountaineers sparked a 9-2 run to build a lead before the midpoint of the first half. West Virginia was ahead by as many as nine on two occasions before Texas used a 6-0 run of its own to bring the score to 23-20 at the 3:22 mark. The Mountaineers led by six heading into the break.
The Longhorns opened the second half with a 5-0 run and grabbed their first lead in just under 20 minutes of play. Texas held the lead over a nearly seven-minute stretch until West Virginia took went ahead with6:05 left in the game. UT was down just one with 35 seconds on the clock following a pair of made free throws by Davenport but could not convert from the field down the stretch.
Ayana Dunning had 19 points to pace West Virginia and Christal Caldwell added 17.
Texas will host Oklahoma State on Sunday, Jan. 13. The game will be televised nationally by FSN with tip time set for 11:30 a.m.
-Texas is now 0-2 against West Virginia all-time ... the two teams met for the first time in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last season with the Mountaineers winning, 68-55.
-The Longhorns have outrebounded the Mountaineers, 46-39, and have outrebounded 11 opponents this season.
-UT is 0-2 when scoring less than 50 points and 1-3 when shooting under .350.
-Scored a career high 14 points, reaching double figures for the fifth time this season
-Posted her seventh double-digit rebounding effort of the season, leading the team with 13
-Led team from 3-point land with three ... has sank at least three treys in two of the last three games
-Tonight's game marked the fifth time in nine games in which Roberts has made a 3-pointer when each of her made field goals was from behind the arc
-Grabbed a career-high nine rebounds
-Led Texas in assists for the 11th time this season with five
-Returned from a left ankle injury that sidelined her for all 14 preseason games and waw her first two minutes of game action
-Did not travel with the team for tonight's game due to a death in her family