No. 24 West Virginia’s undefeated record and second-best start in program history ended this afternoon in Morgantown, as the Mountaineers fell to the No. 10 Texas Longhorns, 70-49.
The first quarter started with Texas opening a 4-0 lead before Ja’Naiya Quinerly knocked down a second-chance three to put the Mountaineers on the board. Texas had little trouble with West Virginia’s full-court pressure defense, which had been a key factor in the Mountaineers’ undefeated streak heading into this game. The Longhorns held a definite size advantage in this game and were able to capitalize even more as Kylee Blacksten got into foul trouble early in the quarter, but Mark Kellogg’s team refused to roll over. The Mountaineers clamped down on defense, forcing Texas to commit numerous mistakes to close the period down 23-16.
The second quarter opened with Texas’ Aaliyah Moore getting whistled for back-to-back off-ball violations, but the cold-shooting Mountaineers could not take advantage of the mistakes. The Longhorns size advantage continued being an issue for WVU as Texas’ defense forced the Mountaineers outside where they shot 4-of-22 in the half.
West Virginia entered the half down 37-25, marking the first time they’ve trailed heading into the locker room this season.
The second half started with West Virginia’s leading rebounder, Kyah Watson, picking up a second violation to join Blacksten in foul trouble. Texas continued to pour it on as Blacksten picked up two more fouls on illegal screens, extending their lead to 54-32 as the third quarter drew to a close.
The struggles continued into the fourth quarter as Watson, who led the Mountaineers against Cincinnati, was held scoreless until 8:30 remaining. Texas went on to grind out the 70-49 win to give the Mountaineer women their first loss of the season.
WVU scoring leader JJ Quinerly led the Mountaineers once again with 22 points, while Sophomore guard Jordan Harrison added 10.