MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Asya Bussie produced 16 points and eight rebounds as the No. 13 West Virginia women defeated TCU 61-57 on Sunday in front of 6,161 at the WVU Coliseum, the 10th-largest crowd in the program’s history.

Christal Caldwell added 14 points and three steals, while Bria Holmes chipped in 13 points for the Mountaineers (22-3, 11-2), who won their fifth straight game and remained one game behind Baylor in the Big 12 title chase.

Zahna Medley recorded a game-leading 23 points, including 5-of-8 on 3-pointers for TCU (14-11, 5-8).

Holmes had nine points in first six minutes of the second half to give WVU a 40-34 advantage, but TCU used an 8-2 run to tie the game at 42 with 10 minutes left. The game was tied twice from that point, and the Horned Frogs were within one point twice in the final 2:29, but Bussie and Jess Harlee combined for 3-of-4 final free-throw attempts to seal the win.

“I think it was more of an energy thing in the second half,” coach Mike Carey said. “We got back into the game with defense, getting some steals and getting some run-outs. I thought in the second half, we executed a little better on offense. I told the team after the game that we have to quit doing this. We have to come out ready to play for 40 minutes.”

The Mountaineers made only two of their first 16 shots and trailed 19-6. But despite finishing the opening half shooting only 29 percent, the Mountaineers fought back behind a 21-9 run to trail only 28-27 at halftime.

“We get ourselves into these deep holes and we end up having to fight and come back every game,” Bussie said. “That’s not something we can keep doing. We can’t get into these deep holes—that’s not what top-10 teams do, so I think we still have a lot to prove.”

TCU shot 39 percent from the field, while WVU shot 36.2 percent. The Mountaineers went 15-of-22 at the foul line compared to 3-of-3 for TCU.

“It was a hard-fought game. We came out slow and weren’t scoring, and we were letting them score. But about midway through the first half, we started playing a little bit and buckling down on defense,” Carey said. “In the second half, I thought we came out with a lot more energy.”

WVU forced 14 turnovers with nine steals, earning 20 points off TCU giveaways. The Mountaineers limited their own turnovers to nine.

“Their defensive pressure kind of got to us at times,” said TCU coach Jeff Mittie. “But we wanted the game to get down to the last four minutes and we got that, but they just made a few more plays than we did.

“I liked our kids’ effort. I don’t have any qualms with our effort. I thought we came in and fought like crazy and, for the most, got this game to where I felt it was a winnable game.”

The Mountaineers continue play in the WVU Coliseum on Wednesday as they take on No. 12 Oklahoma State at 7 p.m. WVU won the first meeting 71-67 in Stillwater on Jan. 4.

“We disappointed them on their home floor and came back and beat them in a tough situation,” Caldwell said. “So they’re going to come in here hungry.”


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Comments

  • PeaceMonWVU

    The game Sunday against the Horned Fogs of TCU was a great display of how these Lady Mountaineers perservere!!! You can see the look of determination to win in their eyes!!! You Lady Mountaineers Rock!!! Can't wait for Wednesday's game against Oklahoma!

  • Tim D.

    When's the last time Coach Carey got a raise? Mike has done a great job. Take a few bucks from Dana and reward Mike for producing a fine women's basketball program. Great to see the fans show up.

  • Margaret Davis

    Mountaineer Women's Basketball coverage I could find, YEAH! Now, if you would just replace the Muzak with narration, that would be lovely! Since I haven't been able to find a way to follow the games on the radio, or via computer, I don't know who everyone is - embarrassingly. Even though I can't attend the games, due to physical limitations - so glad to see more people in the stands. Noticed more than a few appeared to be wearing the other team's colors. I wonder how many of our fans travel to away games, when the count is low at home games. However, the players finished strong and it was wonderful that we continue the winning streak - and Mike Carey is great!!

  • WV Proud

    Glad some fans showed up. It is good to see the women get some love. Gooo Mountaineers!

  • EERfan

    Mike Carey is an outstanding coach, and the Mountaineers are lucky to have him. Have always wondered how he would do on the men's side of the game. He'd succeed there too.

  • Mister Man

    One game at a time.

  • Mister Man

    Fantastic job, Mountaineers!!!!!!!!

  • Billy

    Another good win.

  • Dave

    Another hard fought win. This team never gives up. You can't ask for any more than that. Good job so Ladies. Keep it up..

    LET'S GOOOOOOOOOOOOO MOUNTAINEERS !!!!!!!!!!

  • Leroy j Gibbs

    Great job ladies! !! Hope some of your skills and luck rubs off on the men's team

  • jay zoom

    went to the game had a blast. was worried in the first half that they were going to get blown out but they stuck with it and pulled it was a solid performance in the second half..better be ready come Wednesday missed one of my favorites (miss Hampton) she will be back I hope for the tournament. by the way I did not see Oliver Luck there---must of been in the parking lot trying to collect $20.00 for parking.

    • Dr Icare

      Didn't see Ollie? I kinda have a feeling that he wouldn't have been sitting up there in the nose bleed section with you. Don't know if he was there or not but try bringing binoculars to the games. Those usually help you zoom in from long distances away.