Balanced scoring leads No. 7 Texas past West Virginia

Last Updated: Sunday, March 04, 2018

(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 12 of 13.

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 Monday night. 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.