Sophomore guard Bria Holmes paved the way to a 69-37 West Virginia women's basketball victory over Texas Tech, Wednesday, at the WVU Coliseum.
"Bria Holmes came out early, very aggressive, and looking to score," coach Mike Carey said. "She got us going. We played probably the best defense we have in the first half in probably a long time, and I thought Asya Bussie was the key. They kept setting screens, and Asya kept sagging off and helping our guards."
The win extended WVU's win streak to eight games. WVU has won eight consecutive games twice this season, marking the first time in women's basketball program history a team has done so. Texas Tech's 37 points was the fewest points the Mountaineers have allowed in a Big 12 contest.
The Mountaineers (25-3, 14-2) limited the Lady Raiders (6-21, 0-16) to only 14 first-half points, which matched the WVU Coliseum record for fewest points in a half by an opponent. WVU held Texas Tech scoreless for 8:14 of the first half, going on a 13-0 run during that time. A late 12-0 run in the second half extended the Mountaineers' lead to 30-9, before entering halftime with a 33-14 lead.
Holmes had a game-leading 28 point, including a pair of threes, and nine field goals. She single-handedly matched Texas Tech's first-half point total with 14 points in the opening half. Holmes went 9-for-17 from the field, and 8-for-9 from the free throw line. Senior center Asya Bussie added nine points and four blocks, while junior forward Averee Fields chipped in eight points and led all players with 10 rebounds.
The Mountaineers outrebounded TTU, 52-32, which matches a season-high in conference play for WVU. Behind Fields' 10 boards, sophomore guard Darius Faulk pulled down a career-best seven rebounds, and three others had six rebounds.
WVU recorded 22 fast break points, which matches a season-high and is a season-best number for Big 12 play. The Mountaineers also recorded a season-best in league play with 36 points in the paint.
WVU shot 42.9 percent (24-56) from the field, 18.8 percent (3-16) from 3-point range and 72 percent (18-25) from the free throw line, while Texas Tech made 26.2 percent (16-61) of its shots, 33.3 percent (3-9) from 3-point range and 33.3 percent (2-6) from the charity stripe.
Ivonne CookTaylor's 12 points led the Lady Raiders, while Shauntal Nobles and Jasmine Caston had eight and six points, respectively. Nobles also led Texas Tech on the boards with nine rebounds.
The Mountaineers will face No. 6/5 Baylor at 2:30 p.m., Sunday at the Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas. WVU controls its fate, as a win in its final two games would secure a tie with Baylor for the regular-season Big 12 Conference title. Sunday's game will air live, nationally, on Fox Sports 1.
"It's down to a two-game season now. Needless to say, we'd like to have that Baylor game at home. Well, we had them at home and Baylor beat us. Now we have to beat them on their court," Carey said. "We're going to go down there – we have nothing to lose – we're going to go down there, and be aggressive."