Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

January 19, 2014

Caldwell guides WVU women past Sooners

Staff reports
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

MORGANTOWN — Christal Caldwell paved the way to a 77-63 West Virginia women’s basketball victory over Oklahoma on Saturday at the WVU Coliseum.

The Sooners (11-7, 2-3 Big 12) cut a double-digit deficit down to a tie game at 53-53 with 11:07 remaining, but the Mountaineers (16-2, 5-1 Big 12) responded with a 10-2 run, capped by a Bria Holmes three at the 4:40 mark, leading 65-57.

West Virginia never let up, using a 9-3 run over the final two minutes, while the Sooners missed eight of nine final field goal attempts and turned the ball over twice in the final four minutes.

Entering Saturday’s game, Oklahoma averaged 80.9 points per game and was held to 63 points, its second-lowest point total all season.

Caldwell matched a career best, going 5-for-5 from 3-point range, totaling 23 points, the 11th 20-point outing of her career. Holmes was one point shy of a career best with 21 points, the third 20-point outing in her career.

Linda Stepney surpassed her career-high point total, set previously this week, with 17 points, while also dishing out five assists for the Mountaineers.

Oklahoma’s Aaryn Ellenberg led all players with 28 points, including five 3-pointers, while Sharane Campbell added 11 points.

The Mountaineers return to the court for a two-game road swing, starting on Wednesday at Texas Tech and closing out the week next Saturday at Texas.