OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — The No. 7-ranked West Virginia women scuffled with TCU, again, just as coach Mike Carey feared they might.

But behind Asya Bussie’s 18 points and a sizable rebounding margin, the Big 12 regular-season co-champs advanced to the conference tournament semifinals with a 67-59 win Saturday night.

The Mountaineers (28-3), who will face Texas on Sunday, extended their current win streak to 11 games and beat TCU for third time this season. And like the previous two meetings, this one was anybody’s game until the late stages.

That’s because 5-foot-6 guard Zahna Medley scored a season-high 32 points for the Horned Frogs (18-14), who trailed by just a point with 2:21 remaining.

“Let’s give TCU a lot of credit—they came out and played extremely hard,” Carey said. “I knew this was going to be like this. TCU is a tough matchup for us.”

Bussie grabbed 13 rebounds as WVU dominated the glass 42-27. No rebound was more bizarre than one Jess Harlee put back off a missed free throw late in the game when two TCU defenders didn’t budge from their spots along the lane.

“I saw them standing there and they weren’t ready. And I was like, I’m pretty sure this is one-and-one,” Harlee said. “But I’m not sure, so I was just going to follow it, and why not? I went in there and followed it and made the layup.”

Trailing by one with 11:42 remaining, Taylor Palmer made back-to-back 3s, followed by a three-point play from Bussie—part of a 12-2 run that put WVU up 56-47. TCU pulled within 57-56 with 2:21 left before the Mountaineers closed on a 10-3 run, making 6-of-7 mark from the foul line.

Medley made five of her first six shots and had 19 points until Harlee—an All-Big 12 defender—began guarding her. Medley made three of her next 11.

“We knew we had to get stops,” Palmer said. “Jess Harlee came in and she played tremendous on Medley and it got her to slow down a little bit, and that’s when we started to make our run.”

None of Medley’s teammates scored more than six points.

“I’ll tell you what, she was amazing tonight,” TCU coach Jeff Mittie said. “She had a look. I thought we were able to find her a lot of different ways.”

WVU grabbed 20 offensive boards and held a 20-6 edge in second-chance points.

Bussie had her eighth double-double this season, including seven offensive boards. Palmer added 11 points off the bench, including all three of WVU’s 3-pointers, while Christal Caldwell added 10 points.

All-Big 12 guard Bria Holmes and Linda Stepney each encountered foul trouble and played limited minutes in the opening half, which ended 31-all. Holmes finished 0-of-5 from 3-point range and was held to seven points. WVU made only 3-of-15 from deep.

Oklahoma City’s Chesapeake Energy Arena
First round—Friday
Kansas 87, Kansas State 84 (OT)
TCU 75, Texas Tech 59
Oklahoma State 67, Iowa State 57
Baylor 81, Kansas 47
West Virginia 67, TCU 59
Texas 82, Oklahoma 72
3 p.m. No. 1 Baylor vs. No. 4 Oklahoma State
5:30 p.m. No. 2 West Virginia vs. No. 3 Texas
9 p.m. Semifinal winners
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  • pghmountaineer

    Great win for the Lady EErs!
    Let's hope they can do it tomorrow night.

  • Aaron

    I had to mute the game as the announcers have to be Texas home announcers. It became too much to listen to.

  • Mountain Navy

    I was wrong the ladies will be playing on Fox Sports 1.

  • jwg10

    20 O Rebs and 70% FT shooting.... That is really strong. The rebounding on the offensive boards is hard blue collar work but sure goes a long way to win in a close game. Good to see us continuing to pull out W's in the tournament. Now lets hook some horns!

  • Mountain Navy

    The girls will be playing on either NBC sports not sure what time.

  • Mountain Navy

    You would think since the ladies are by far the best WVU has that they would have far more press coverage than they do.

  • PeaceMonWVU

    WVU Ladies, you Rock!!! The Mountaineer Nation is proud of your determination to win! Will be glued to the game today!!! Let's Go Mountaineers!!

  • Aaron

    Outstanding win ladies. Keep 'grinding' it out and avenge another of your regular season losses.

    It's a Great Day to be a Mountaineer.

  • jay zoom

    like I said yesterday "It took ten minutes to post a story after the boys game. But it takes over 3 hours to post the ladies victory. NO RESPECT "NO RSPECT" < figure it out < . anyway this is something the media has done all year.. they deserve more. this game was close all night. but the ladies prevailed. glad to see Brooke play a little. we just might win all the marbles Monday. LOVE YOU LADIES. as for the comment department where are you true mountaineer fans. the ladies deserve more.

    • Mountain Navy

      I have to agree Metro News should be all over this. Along with the university. Just think of all the lady recruits we are going to get the young players we have. WVU women have joined the elite in basketball time to start treating them that way.

    • Aaron

      I agree with Jay. At the risk of offending anyone else at Metro News, their coverage of the ladies leaves much to be desired.

  • Baldeagle

    Don't look ahead, keep focused and beat Texas.
    Great season ladies, keep it going.

  • Dave

    Harlee was everywhere for WVU. Great team effort though by all the girls. Keep it rollin' Ladies. Mountaineer Nation is proud.

    • Mountain Navy

      High School coaches could learn a lot from Mike Carry. It is not always about scoring. Harlee kept them in the game with her intensity and tough defense.

  • Country Roads

    Way to go ladies, it is a joy to watch you play . You all are ( Awesome )