WVU women’s hoops prepare for talented Texas

MORGANTOWN — After suffering a setback, at Oklahoma, on Feb. 3, the No. 21 WVU women’s basketball faces another test, at 7 p.m. on Feb. 5, when No. 8 Texas visits the WVU Coliseum.

It will be the second meeting this season between the two schools.

Texas defeated WVU, 79-58, in Austin, on Dec. 31.

Texas leads the overall series, 9-6, but the Mountaineers are 3-1 in Morgantown.

Junior guard Naomi Davenport had a team-high 20 points and nine rebounds in the first meeting, as the Mountaineers shot 31 percent in the loss — the team’s second-lowest performance of the season.

Monday will be a matchup of two of the nation’s best in WVU forward Teana Muldrow and Texas forward Ariel Atkins.

The duo was recently announced as two of 10 candidates for the Cheryl Miller Award, presented to the nation’s best small forward.

Both lead their respective teams in scoring and rebounding — Muldrow at 19.9 points and 9.3 boards per game and Atkins at 14.9 and 5.9.

Texas brings a three-game winning streak into the game, while WVU will look to break a two-game skid.

The Mountaineers are coming off a 76-57 loss at Oklahoma on Saturday. Three players finished in double figures, with junior guard Katrina Pardee’s 13 points leading the way. Senior forward Kristina King added 12 points, while Davenport had 11. WVU had a season-low five steals in the loss, and had 22 turnovers.

Tickets for the game are available for a special price of just $1. They can be purchased at WVUGAME.com, by calling 1-800-WVU-GAME or at the Mountaineer Ticket Office, at the Gold Gate of the WVU Coliseum. Student will be admitted for free with a valid student ID.


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