AUSTIN, Texas — Redshirt junior guard Tynice Martin scored a season-best 27 points to help the West Virginia women’s basketball team register a 64-58 upset win over No. 12 Texas on Monday night at the Frank Erwin Center.
Martin finished 9-of-18 from the field and added five rebounds, leading the Mountaineers to their biggest win of the season. Senior guard/forward Naomi Davenport chipped in with 15 points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals, while freshman forward Kari Niblack scored 10 points.
WVU (15-5, 6-3) led by as many as 14 but were forced to fend off a late Texas comeback attempt to secure the important road victory. The win marked the Mountaineers’ first in Austin. The Mountaineers scored 24 points off 21 Longhorn turnovers to help secure their third consecutive win and sixth win in seven games.
Joyner Holmes scored a team-high 16 points, shooting 6-of-15 from the floor, and tallied six rebounds for Texas (17-4, 7-2). Jatarie White scored 15 points and also pulled down eight rebounds, while junior guard Sug Sutton recorded 13 points, eight rebounds and four assists.
After falling behind 23-13 after the first quarter, and trailing by 11 at halftime, the Longhorns rallied in the second half — outscoring the Mountaineers 31-26, but it wasn’t enough to complete the come-from-behind victory. Up four with 28 seconds to play, Martin went to the line to split the pair before she added another make at the charity stripe moments later to secure the win.
WVU shot 40 percent from the field in the win, making seven 3-pointers in the process. The Mountaineers were outrebounded 40-27, but had a 24-9 advantage in points off turnovers. Texas got to the free-throw line more times than WVU, but struggled to make shots — making just 36.7 percent of its shooting attempts.