PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — West Virginia got back on the winning track Sunday as they came up with a huge comeback win as the Mountaineer women’s basketball team defeated their Big 12 Conference counterparts, the Texas Longhorns in overtime 56-49, as they improve their overall record to 14-2 and their conference record to 3-1.
The first half was the lowest scoring first half that the Mountaineers have seen all season. Just after the first 12-and-a-half minutes of the game, West Virginia was held to just six points. However, despite their early scoring woes they were still down by just five as the score was just 11-6.
Since that time, there were six lead changes to end the first half as the score was just 21-20.
The second half became a completely different story in sorts. Texas began the half with an 8-2 run, led by Texas center Imani McGee-Stafford as she scored six of those points in that run. She would finish the game with a game-high 13 points.
The game would seem to continue to go Texas’ way as they stretched their lead to 45-36 with just less than six minutes remaining.
However, the Mountaineers were not about to go down without a fight as they went on a 12-3 run that was capped off by a three-pointer from guard Taylor Palmer as she cut the deficit to just two as the score was then 48-46. Palmer would finish the game with 10 points.
Then with 14 seconds remaining, West Virginia forward Averee Fields, who led the way with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 steals, made a lay-up to tie the game at 48 as the game went into overtime.
Once the game went into overtime, it was all Mountaineers as they outscored Texas 8-1 as they finally got the victory.
Despite the scoring woes, West Virginia head coach Mike Carey was pleased with his team’s effort off the bench in the win, saying, “Give our girls credit. They’re not gonna quit. The Jess Harlees, the Crystal Learys, and that, them people coming off the bench just play extremely hard and they give us a push.”
West Virginia now goes on the road to face off against Iowa State. Tip-off for that game is set for 8 p.m. on Jan. 15.