MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The West Virginia women dropped out of the AP top 25 on Monday, but No. 6 Texas seems intent on staying a while.
Behind 6-foot-4 center Jatarie White’s 18 points and 10 rebounds, the Longhorns led most of the way and suffocated WVU in the late stages of a 73-55 win at the WVU Coliseum.
Naomi Davenport scored 14 to lead the Mountaineers (17-6, 5-7), who sank 10-of-20 shots from 3-point range but only 9-of-41 inside the arc. Teana Muldrow added 12 points.
West Virginia scrapped to within 62-54 with 6 minutes left before Texas (19-4, 10-2) closed the game on an 11-1 run.
“We kept cutting it, getting it to single digits,” coach Mike Carey said. “We just don’t have enough manpower. They’re deeper, and they have better players. We don’t have enough manpower. It’s as simple as that.”
The Mountaineers were outscored 38-12 in the paint, outrebounded 44-34 and suffered their third straight loss.
Ariel Atkins added 17 points for Texas, which swept the home-and-home season series.
“We quit playing hard and then we came down and took bad shots,” Carey said. “Texas has the mentality and the players to score in bunches. You come down and take a bad shot and don’t get back, they get a lay-up. You come down and get your shot blocked, they get a lay-up. You come down and take a one-on-one shot, they go down and score.
“It was an eight-point game and we started taking bad shots and quit rebounding and playing defense.”