Texas stops WVU women in Big 12 tourney
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Jatarie White scored 11 points to help No. 7 Texas beat West Virginia 68-55 in a Big 12 semifinal on Sunday.
Ariel Atkins, Joyner Holmes and Alecia Sutton each scored 10 points for the Longhorns (26-5), who have won 11 of 12.
Naomi Davenport scored 17 points and Kristina King added 12 for West Virginia (21-11), which was the defending tournament champion.
Texas will play No. 3 Baylor for the title tonight.
Baylor defeated TCU 94-48 earlier Sunday in the other semifinal.
Baylor beat Texas for the tournament titles in 2015 and 2016. The Lady Bears defeated Texas 81-56 on Jan. 25 and 93-87 on Feb. 19 and will enter the championship game on a 27-game win streak.
Texas led 42-28 at halftime behind a defense that held the Mountaineers to 34.4 percent shooting in the second half.
The Longhorns played even better defense in the third quarter. They held the Mountaineers to 4 for 17 shooting to take a 58-40 lead into the fourth.
West Virginia: The Mountaineers are on the NCAA Tournament bubble and could have used a win of this caliber. They have an RPI of 61.
Texas: The Longhorns got the solid win they needed to get their minds right for the matchup with Baylor. They also got the rest they needed — none of their players played more than 26 minutes.
West Virginia: The Mountaineers wait to see if their season will be extended.
Texas: Will play No. 3 Baylor in the Big 12 title game.