Women’s Basketball Preview #14/14: In West Virginia

Game 25: #14/14 Texas (18-6, 8-5 Big 12) vs. West Virginia (11-12, 4-9 Big 12)

Sunday, February 20, 2022 – 11:00 a.m. Central
WVU Coliseum (14,000) – Morgantown, W. Va.


GameDay Quick Facts:
• TELEVISION: The game will be televised nationally on ESPN 2. John Brickley (pxp) and Kelly Gramlich (analyst) will lead the action.
• RADIO: 105.3 The Bat broadcasts all UT games on the national network. Craig Way (pxp) will call the action. See TexasSports.com for a list of affiliates offering the game.
• SERIES: Texas leads, 14-10. Last meeting: Texas 73-57 (January 15, 2022; Austin).


Notable:

FORWARD: The No. 14/14 Texas women’s basketball team hits the road this weekend as they travel to Morgantown to take on West Virginia on Sunday (11:00 a.m. CT, ESPN 2). The Longhorns are riding a three-game winning streak entering Sunday’s game, including a dominating 73-48 victory over No. 6/5 Iowa State at home on Wednesday. The Mountaineers are coming off a 74-63 loss to Kansas in their last game.

THE SERIES: Texas and West Virginia will meet for the 25th time overall on Sunday. The Longhorns have a 14-10 advantage over the Mountaineers in the all-time series and are 6-4 in their last 10 meetings. Texas defeated WVU 73-56 at home in their first meeting of the season (January 15).

OFFENSIVE CLICK: Scoring runs and finding consistent shots has been a problem for the Longhorns throughout most of the Big 12 conference schedule, but they’ve started to find a rhythm on offense in their last two games .

With only an outing of more than 70 points in their first 11 league meetings, the Longhorns recorded 78 and 73 points respectively in their last wins over Oklahoma and Iowa State and shot a collective 48.8 % ground. Texas is 12-1 when scoring 70 or more points in a game this season.

WONDERFUL WARREN: Senior Guard audrey warren was in a grove for the last time and settled into her role as the main off-the-bench option for the Longhorns. Over the past three games, the Fort Worth native has averaged 16.3 points per game while shooting 50 percent from the floor. She also continued to make her presence felt defensively in the lead with nine interceptions while averaging five rebounds over the three-game streak.

THE SCHAEFER FORMULA: Longhorn Head Coach Vic Schäfer makes no secret of how his teams have found success over the years. Relentless defensive pressure all over the pitch, attention to detail and limitation of rotations and errors have been incorporated into the identity of his programmes. The 2021-22 Longhorns are no exception to ranking among the best in the nation in several defensive categories. UT currently ranks No. 1 in the Big 12 and No. 32 in the NCAA, holding opponents to just 56.5 points per game. They also lead the league and rank 11th nationally in forced turnovers at 22.2 per game and 6th in turnover margin at 7.04.

SCOUTING THE MOUNTAINEERS: West Virginia has had an up-and-down 2021-22 campaign so far and found itself in a season-ending slump as it dropped its last four contests. At 4-9 overall in the Big 12, the Mountaineers currently sit seventh in the league standings heading into Sunday’s game.

WVU is averaging 67.2 points per game offensively this season while holding opponents at 66.1 per game. West Virginia is led offensively by junior guard KK Deans who ranks 9th in the conference with 14.5 points per game. Esmery Martinez is the teams second-leading scorer averaging 10.5 points per game. She also leads the team on the glass and ranks No. 6 in the Big 12 averaging 8.1 rebounds per game.

NEXT: After Sunday’s game, Texas will remain on the road as they head to Kansas State next Wednesday, Feb. 23, to take on the Wildcats (6:30 p.m. CT, ESPN+) before returning home on Saturday, Feb. 26, to host TCU (7 p.m. CT, NHL).

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