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Foul-plagued West Virginia went deep into its bench on Thursday night, plying little-used guard Darius Faulk in a 76-75 win over Oklahoma.


NORMAN, Okla. — Climbing out of a 14-point second-half against Oklahoma wasn’t even the hardest part for the No. 13 West Virginia women.

Surviving the final 1.6 seconds was.

The Mountaineers prevailed 76-75 at the Lloyd Noble Center on Thursday, winning their fourth straight overall and sweeping the season series from the Big 12 preseason-favorite Sooners.

A crazy finish packed a ton of drama.

After a tipped courtlong pass led to Sooners guard T’ona Edwards being fouled by Taylor Palmer with 0.3 seconds left, Edwards made the first free throw but missed the second attempt that would have tied the game. Still, Oklahoma had a final chance at the game-winner when Sharane Campbell grabbed the offensive rebound and missed a contested putback at the buzzer.

Bria Holmes scored 19 points for West Virginia (21-3, 10-2) and Averee Fields added 12, including the go-ahead basket with 13 seconds left.

“Give Oklahoma credit: They were ready to play the first half and we weren’t,” WVU coach Mike Carey said. “They had all the hustle points, all the points in the paint and all the points on the break. So they out-hustled us big time. I didn’t have our girls ready to play.”

Trailing 48-34 with 17:52 left, the Mountaineers recovered to draw even at 71-all on a free throw by Asya Bussie, who scored all 10 of her points in the second half. Yet Bussie fouled out—as did Oklahoma’s inside tandem of Nicole Griffin and Giyora Carter—leaving the 6-foot-1 Fields to post up the 5-7 Aaryn Ellenberg on the possession that put WVU ahead 75-74.

Oklahoma countered with Morgan Hook’s driving layup, which Jess Harlee blocked and rebounded before passing off to Palmer who was fouled with 1.6 seconds. Palmer missed the front end, but made the final attempt for a two-point lead.

WVU enjoyed its second-best performance from the foul line this season, making 24-of-27. Oklahoma made only 26-for-38, including the crucial miss by Edwards at the end.

“It is easy to go back to those free throws,” Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale said, “and the last kid standing at the line always feels the worst, but there were many before that and there were some in the first half. In a one-point game there are a million things that you could point to that, had you done differently, the outcome would have been different.”

A total of 56 fouls were called in the game, including 30 against WVU, which played 10 players.

“Both teams were in foul trouble the whole game and nobody could really get into a rhythm,” Carey said. “Both teams battled hard and we fought back—very easily could have folded. Any time you can come out with a win, not really play well and didn’t get in a rhythm—you’ll take it.”

The Mountaineers shot 42.9 percent from the field, while the Sooners (15-10, 6-6) managed only nine second-half field goals and shot 38.3 percent for the game.

Bussie and Fields grabbed eight rebounds each, helping WVU to a 40-36 advantage.

The Sooners were led in scoring by Ellenberg’s 18 points, while Griffin had 13 points and nine boards and Carter scored 12.

The Mountaineers return home for a Sunday matchup against TCU.

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  • Spoon

    Always good to win on the road

  • Dave

    Heck of a comeback. That took some valiant effort. These girls give it 100% every night just like the guys do. Congrats Ladies and good job Coach Carey.

  • jwg66

    Always hard to win at the D1 level on the road. Nice to see our girls fight back to get this win. Wish I could see more of their games on TV.... With the new facility & recruiting on the rise, the future is bright.

    • PeaceMonWVU

      Amen to more coverage of WVU women's basketball team in any type of media!!!! Go Mountaineers!

  • wvufan75

    Great Win ! I am really impressed with how this team can pull it together when its obvious they arent having there"A" game. It would be awesome to have both the womens and mens team make the tournament! Ladies have got it locked down now if the guys can keep it up makes for a very exciting month for wvu b-ball!

  • Aaron

    Congratulations to our mountaineers.

    Keep it up and we're looking at a top two or three see in the NCAA's!!!

  • WVcoal

    Wins like this are great confidence builders. Let's go Mounties!

  • leroy j gibbs

    exciting game although we almost gave it away at the end, go lady 'eers!

  • Country Roads

    I watched the Lady Mountaineers play and later I watched it again on replay.Blu33 you are 100% correct on the calling from the officials, they would make a call before it ever happened. The Lady Mountaineers I guess is not going to get a break in the Big12 just like our men's team. Ladies I'm proud of you, I hope you can make it all the way to the NCAA championship. Good game you pulled it out although they officials tried to take it away from you.

  • WV Grad

    Way to go gals! Mountaineer pride. Good coaching, Mike.

  • 4WVUinKY

    Great comeback ladies! U didn't give up & kept fighting back.

  • John

    Good win for the women but Carey was being kind and diplomatic. The referees did not allow any rhythm in the game, they dictated everything in that game. It was very frustrating to watch and explains why I am not a coach. I like how both the men and women's teams keep their composure under frustrating circumstances.

    • blu31

      John: I do have 30 yrs of coaching experience and I thought the officials anticipated a lot of calls that just didn't happen. It was too late then to suck that "tweet" back into the whistle for what they thought was going to be foul. Officials have there bad games too, but generally they get back on track. Not so last night..

  • blugldmn


    Way to go Ladies!

  • jay zoom

    way to go ladies--you made us proud keep it up--you never gave up--great win with many more to come this season even though its winding down see you ladies Sunday. Maybe Mike can show Bobby how its done.

    • Mitch

      @jay zoom,
      Bobby is 4-1 in his last 5 games. I don't think he needs anybody to "show him how it's done".

  • Phil M.

    Keep it up ladies, no let up !! Do not take anybody for granted.

    Good win, now go get another one against TCU.

  • Billy

    Lucky to get the win. A real good team finds a way to win. That is what is making the team special.