AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas Women’s Basketball team took down the West Virginia Mountaineers, 58-45, in the final game of the Big 12 Conference season finale on Tuesday night at the Frank Erwin Center. The win marked the third straight at home to close out the regular season for the Longhorns.
Sophomore forward Nneka Enemkpali recorded her second straight double-double with 16 points and 15 rebounds, leading Texas with 13 this season. Enemkpali and freshman center Imani McGee-Stafford controlled the paint from start to finish, combining for 23 points and 27 rebounds, as the Longhorns outrebounded the Mountaineers, 43-25.
McGee-Stafford added five blocks and in the process broke the UT record for blocks by a freshmanwith 72.
West Virginia (17-12, 9-9 Big 12) led 20-18 in the opening half before Texas (12-17, 5-13 Big 12)went on a 6-0 run over the last 1:27 to give the Longhorns a 24-20 advantage heading into the locker room. Enemkpali led the way with 12 first-half points.
The game was tight throughout the opening eight minutes of the second half before Texas broke the game open with a 12-2 run over a four-minute stretch to take a 50-38 lead. Freshman guard Empress Davenport scored the last seven points of the run.
Davenport matched a season high with 15 points, all coming in the second frame.
West Virginia scored consecutive baskets to get within eight with just over six minutes remaining, but after a trio of Texas free throws, junior Chassidy Fussell and McGee-Stafford would convert inside layups to push the lead and secure the win.
Texas plays in the opening round of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship on Friday March 8 at 6 p.m. against Kansas State. The tournament will be held at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, with the winner of the Texas-Kansas State matchup taking on top seed Baylor on Saturday.