No. 19 West Virginia women turn back Texas 68-65
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. (AP) — Tynice Martin scored 23 points, Kysre Gondrezick added 21 to rally No. 19 West Virginia to a 68-63 win over Texas on Sunday, running the Mountaineers’ winning streak to nine.
Martin and Gondrezick combined to score 20 of 21 West Virginia points in the fourth quarter with Gondrezick making the plays to put the Mountaineers in the lead in the final minute and Martin securing the win.
The Mountaineers (13-1, 3-0 Big 12 Conference) led 34-23 at the half with their leaders combining for 21 points, and pushed that to 13 early in the second. Sug Sutton scored the last six points of an 8-0 run to close the third quarter and the Longhorns (9-6, 1-2) took a 48-47 lead.
Texas led by four with less than two minutes to play and was up 61-59 after a Martin free throw at the 1:11 mark. Gondrezick made the first of two free throws at 44 seconds, Kari Niblack grabbed one of her 12 rebounds off the miss and she fed Gondrezick for the go-ahead 3-pointer at 41 seconds.
Gondrezick’s free throw at 25 seconds pushed the lead to 64-61. Sutton made two free throws at 11 seconds and Martin was quickly fouled. She followed up her two makes with a steal and added the clinching free throws. West Virginia was 13 of 19 from the line in the fourth quarter after making 5 of 13 through the first three.
Sutton topped Texas with 18 points. Charli Collier scored 11 and Joyner Holmes snagged 10 rebounds.
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