OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — Determined not to suffer through a second straight subpar game, Bria Holmes put her mind on driving to the basket.
Holmes’ aggression helped save No. 7 West Virginia from a clunky offensive effort Sunday. She scored 23 points and matched the entire Texas team by attempting 14 free throws as the Mountaineers prevailed 67-60 in the semifinals of the Big 12 tournament.
Next up for West Virginia (29-3) on Monday night: A third showdown against regular-season co-champ Baylor (28-4).
Holmes, who missed all five of her 3-pointers against TCU during Friday’s quarterfinal, went 2-of-6 from deep against Texas (21-11) but emphasized more penetration to pressure the Longhorns, who committed 29 fouls.
“I noticed my outside shot wasn’t falling yesterday, so today I decided to attack the basket more,” said Holmes.
Christal Caldwell was pivotal at the line also, going 8-of-8 on her way to 15 points. Taylor Palmer added 10 points off the bench as WVU made 28-of-37 free throws, compared to just 14-of-18 for Texas.
The free-throw discrepancy was crucial as West Virginia shot just 36 percent but managed to win its 12th consecutive game.
“Well, the two games we played Texas before, it was physical, wasn’t pretty, so it doesn’t surprise me this wasn’t a very pretty game,” said coach Mike Carey.
The Longhorns’ committed 18 turnovers and their top inside players, Nneka Enemkpali and Imani McGee-Stafford, combined for only 11 points, less than half their average.
“Our team has a habit of wanting to score off the first pass, and that works sometimes,” said Texas coach Karen Aston. “But then we run up against a team like West Virginia that really takes away our first option and we don’t get to the second option.”
Averee Fields scored only four points but her basket with 2:36 left put WVU up 62-57 after Texas charged back from a 10-point deficit. Fields drew a bang-bang charge foul at the 1:49 mark costing Longhorns guard Empress Davenport a basket and a chance at a three-point play.
Chassidy Fussell led Texas with 15 points but fouled out with 3:49 to go. Nekia Jones finished with 14 points off the bench.
Texas outrebounded West Virginia 41-30 and blocked seven shots.
BIG 12 TOURNAMENT RESULTS
Oklahoma City’s Chesapeake Energy Arena
9 p.m. No. 1 Baylor vs. No. 2 West Virginia
Baylor 65, Oklahoma State 61
West Virginia 67, Texas 60
Oklahoma State 67, Iowa State 57
Baylor 81, Kansas 47
West Virginia 67, TCU 59
Texas 82, Oklahoma 72
Kansas 87, Kansas State 84 (OT)
TCU 75, Texas Tech 59