WVU fades late in 73-55 loss to #6 Texas

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MORGANTOWN, W.VA (WDTV) - (WVU game release):

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Despite shooting 50 percent from beyond the arc, the West Virginia women's basketball team shot just over 31 percent overall as the Mountaineers dropped a 73-55 Big 12 contest to No. 6 Texas on Monday at the WVU Coliseum.

Junior guard/forward Naomi Davenport led the Mountaineers with 14 points and grabbed five rebounds, while senior forward Teana Muldrow finished with 12 points. Senior guard Chania Ray dished out a team-high four assists, while senior forward Kristina King led the Mountaineers with seven rebounds.

"We kept cutting it, getting it to single digits," coach Mike Carey said. "We just don't have enough manpower. They're deeper, and they have better players. We don't have enough manpower. It's as simple as that. Simple as that."

The Mountaineers shot 31.1 percent – their second-lowest output of the season. They dropped the battle of the boards, 44-43, and gave up 38 points in the paint while scoring just 12. The Mountaineers fall to 17-6 overall and 5-7 in Big 12 play, while the Longhorns move to 19-4 and 10-2.

WVU got off to a slow start, going scoreless the first three minutes of the game as Texas took the 7-0 lead. Freshman guard Ashley Jones and Muldrow opened the scoring for the Mountaineers as they hit back-to-back 3's to cut the lead to 7-6. Junior guard Katrina Pardee made her first trey of the game as WVU trailed, 10-9, at the first media timeout. Soon after, West Virginia took its first lead of the game on a layup by King. Ray hit the Mountaineers' fifth shot from downtown with 13 seconds as WVU closed the first quarter with the 19-18 advantage.

After the break, the Longhorns used an 11-4 run to take the 31-23 lead with 5:16 left in the half. Following a Davenport three at the 2:52 mark, the Mountaineers were held scoreless as Texas took a 37-26 lead into the locker room at the break

In the third, Davenport made her third trey of the day and added two shots at the charity stripe to cut the lead to eight. After a Texas layup, Ray drained another 3 and Katrina Pardee hit a pull-up shot from the top of the arc to make the score 43-36 with 7:23 to play in the quarter. The two teams traded a pair of buckets as Texas led 47-40 at the media timeout. Texas extended its lead to 12 as WVU went scoreless for two and a half minutes, before Muldrow hit another three to make the score 52-43. A layup by King and a free throw from Pardee made the score 56-46 at the end of the third quarter.

In the fourth, Muldrow scored five of WVU's first seven points to open the quarter, but Texas hit two 3-pointers to keep the lead at nine, 62-53. The Mountaineers hit a trio of free throws, but were held without a field goal for the final 3:51 of regulation, as Texas went on a 9-0 run to win the game 73-55.

Notes: Five different players combined for 10 3-pointers … junior guard/forward Naomi Davenport and senior forward Teana Muldrow each finished one trey shy of their season high with three … it was the fourth time this season WVU has shot 50 percent or better from downtown … earlier in the day, West Virginia dropped out of the AP Top 25 Poll, making the first time this season they played unranked … they received 46 votes in the poll … the Mountaineers went 7-of-10 at the free-throw line, shooting 70 percent or above for the third straight game.