OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — West Virginia hasn’t lost its mojo at the Big 12 women’s tournament.
Behind 21 points and nine rebounds from Naomi Davenport, the sixth-seeded Mountaineers led wire-to-wire in knocking off No. 3 seed Oklahoma State 69-60 on Saturday night.
Katrina Pardee added 15 points and four steals as West Virginia (21-10) pulled off an upset reminiscent of last year when it stunned three straight higher-seeded teams to win the tournament. Mike Carey’s team may is even more desperate this time after finishing the regular season with an 8-10 record in the Big 12.
“It’s win or go home,” said WVU senior point guard Chania Ray. “We’re always underestimated, but we did it to ourselves.”
Krista King had 12 points and seven rebounds, while Teana Muldrow scored 10 for WVU, which will meet league runner-up Texas in Sunday’s semifinal.
Kaylee Jenson’s 20 points led Oklahoma State (20-10), which figures to receive an NCAA at-large bid.
The Cowgirls, after winning both regular-season meetings, trailed 21-11 after one quarter and 42-30 at the half.