Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

College Sports

February 16, 2014

No. 13 WVU rallies to beat Horned Frogs

MORGANTOWN — Asya Bussie scored 16 points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked three shots as No. 13 West Virginia held off Texas Christian, 61-57 Sunday.

With the Horned Frogs trailing by three points with 29 seconds remaining, Bussie grabbed a clutch defensive rebound and, after drawing the foul, added a pair of free throws to make it 60-55.

TCU’s Doni-elle Breaux missed a 3-point attempt and the Mountaineers’ Jess Harlee pulled down the defensive rebound and hit the second of two free throws to seal the victory.

The Horned Frogs (14-11, 5-8 Big 12) took an early 19-6 lead as the Mountaineers went 2-for-16 on their initial shots from the field. West Virginia (22-3, 10-2) used a 21-9 run to tighten the TCU lead to 28-27 at halftime.

Bria Holmes scored nine points in the first six minutes after halftime to help West Virginia to a 40-34 edge. TCU tied the game three times after that, but could not overtake the Mountaineers.

Christal Caldwell added 14 points for West Virginia, and Holmes added 13, but the Mountaineers struggled from the field, connecting on just 21 of 58 shots (36.2 percent).

West Virginia forced 14 turnovers and scored 20 points off them, while giving up the ball nine times.

Zahna Medley connected on 5 of 13 3-point attempts and led TCU with 23 points. Breaux added 15 points on 6 of 14 shooting.

The Horned Frogs attempted just three free throws, and made them all. West Virginia went 15 of 22 at the free throw line.

*****

TCU (14-11)

Prince 0-7 0-0 0, Lovings 2-4 0-0 4, Medley 8-18 2-2 23,  Ventress 2-7 0-0 5, Breaux 6-14 1-1 15, Hamilton 1-5 0-0 2,  Bradshaw 2-2 0-0 4, Diaz 2-2 0-0 4, Willie 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-59 3-3 57.

WEST VIRGINIA (22-3)

Fields 3-10 1-2 7, Bussie 5-8 6-8 16, Caldwell 5-15 2-2 14,  Stepney 2-5 0-1 4, Holmes 4-13 3-3 13, Palmer 2-5 0-0 4,  Faulk 0-1 2-4 2, Harlee 0-1 1-2 1, Leary 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-58 15-22 61.

Halftime—TCU 28-27. 3-Point Goals—TCU 8-23 (Medley 5-13, Breaux 2-5,  Ventress 1-3, Prince 0-2), West Virginia 4-16 (Caldwell 2-4, Holmes 2-8,  Fields 0-1, Palmer 0-3). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—TCU 36 (Diaz,  Lovings, Ventress 5), West Virginia 40 (Bussie, Stepney 8). Assists—TCU  11 (Breaux, Medley 3), West Virginia 12 (Bussie 4). Total Fouls—TCU 16,  West Virginia 10. A—6,161.

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