MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Finally, the No. 11 West Virginia women can turn their focus back to Baylor.

Bria Holmes pumped in 28 points Wednesday night—at times threatening to outscore Texas Tech single-handedly—as the Mountaineers strolled to a 69-37 victory, their last obstacle before Sunday’s much-anticipated rematch at No. 6 Baylor.

“Bria Holmes came out early, very aggressive, and looking to score,” said West Virginia coach Mike Carey. “She got us going.”

Holmes had two 3-pointers and scored 14 points in the first half, matching the Red Raiders’ team output as WVU built a 33-14 lead.

From there, the Mountaineers (25-3, 14-2) wrapped up an unbeaten February and coasted to their eighth consecutive win overall. Texas Tech (6-21, 0-16) shot just 26 percent, didn’t score at all for the first 8:14 of the game, and its 37 points were the fewest WVU has allowed in a Big 12 game.

“We played probably the best defense we have in the first half in probably a long time, and I thought Asya Bussie was the key,” Carey said. “They kept setting screens, and Asya kept sagging off and helping our guards.”

Holmes went 9-for-17 from the field, and 8-for-9 from the free-throw line. Bussie added nine points and four blocks, while Averee Fields chipped in eight points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Guard Darius Faulk pulled down a career-best seven rebounds as the Mountaineers outrebounded Texas Tech 52-32.

West Virginia’s 22 fast-break points matched a Big 12 season-high, and its 36 points in the paint were a team-best.

Ivonne CookTaylor’s 12 points led the Lady Raiders, while Shauntal Nobles had eight points and nine rebounds.

With two games left in the regular season, the Mountaineers can guarantee themselves a piece of the Big 12 title, though the first step is winning Sunday’s nationally-televised game in Waco.

“It’s down to a two-game season now,” Carey said. “Needless to say, we’d like to have that Baylor game at home. Well, we had them at home and Baylor beat us. Now we have to beat them on their court.

“We’re going to go down there—we have nothing to lose—we’re going to go down there, and be aggressive.”

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  • Dennis

    They pulled the upset at Baylor!! Way to go girls, great job!

  • jay zoom

    way to go ladies rumor has it Carey could be in line as the next coach to replace huggins red it in beer belly magazine. just keep focused on the Baylor game don't be intimidated play your game you'll come out on top. LOVE YOU GIRLS

  • WVU fan in Boston

    Congratulations ladies excellent team work.
    I watched the game online via mountaineer sports network, that's how I keep up with your success, along with Metro News.

    From Boston, Ma

  • Country Roads

    Way to go lady's . I am so proud of you . You all get better with time. Keep winning and you all should be playing as the top seed in the Big 12 tournament...Love you .

  • Phil M.

    Great job ladies keep it going.

    Oh and Independent View don't forget about the women's soccer team, 2013 Big 12 Champs.

    Go EERS !!

  • Billy

    Any news on TV coverage of the Baylor game.

    • Allan Taylor

      I believe it's on FoxSports 1.

  • Independent View

    Thank goodness for the WVU Girls Basketball Team and the WVU Rifle Team--15 times NCAA National Champs.
    Now, if the the football and men's basketball teams could do half as good--well?

  • Aaron

    It will be great to see the Lady Mountaineers in a gam if this magnitude. A win puts all the naysayers vote to rest and propels them into the top 5 in the country.