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February 4, 2013

Caldwell leads Mountaineers past Sooners

MORGANTOWN — Christal Caldwell scored 24 points and freshman Bria Holmes came off the bench to score 17 to lead West Virginia past Oklahoma 82-63 Sunday.

Holmes picked up the scoring load for Taylor Palmer, who got into early foul trouble after scoring 30 points for the Mountaineers (13-8, 5-5 Big 12 Conference) in their 71-68 loss to the Sooners Jan. 2.

Holmes hit four first-half baskets, including three straight, after West Virginia fell behind 22-11. She and Caldwell, who had 15 first-half points, helped the Mountain-eers outscore the Sooners 23-5 in the half’s final 8:39 to lead 34-27.

West Virginia held Oklaho-ma (16-5, 6-3) to 22.7 percent (5 of 22) from 3-point range. The Sooners ranked third in the country at 39.5 percent per game.

Joanna McFarland had 14 points and 16 rebounds for the Sooners. Morgan Hook also scored 14, and Nicole Griffin and Aaryn Ellenberg scored 12 each.

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OKLAHOMA (16-5)

McFarland 4-8 4-5 14, Griffin 4-8 4-5 12, Ellenberg 5-17 1-2 12,  Hook 5-17 3-4 14, Campbell 2-6 2-2 6, Kornet 2-3 0-0 5,  Durrett 0-2 0-2 0, Hartman 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 22-63 14-20 63.

WEST VIRGINIA (13-8)

Fields 0-8 4-4 4, Dunning 5-8 1-2 11, Caldwell 10-26 2-2 24,  Palmer 0-1 0-0 0, Stepney 1-4 1-2 3, Hampton 1-2 0-0 3, Faulk 2-2 0-0 4,  Harlee 4-9 4-4 12, Holmes 7-12 1-2 17, Leary 2-3 0-1 4. Totals 32-75 13-17 82.

Halftime—West Virginia 34-27. 3-Point Goals—Oklahoma 5-22 (McFarland  2-5, Kornet 1-2, Hook 1-6, Ellenberg 1-7, Campbell 0-1, Hartman 0-1),  West Virginia 5-17 (Holmes 2-5, Caldwell 2-8, Hampton 1-2, Stepney 0-1,  Harlee 0-1). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Oklahoma 42 (McFarland 16), West  Virginia 46 (Dunning, Harlee 9). Assists—Oklahoma 8 (Hook 5), West  Virginia 16 (Hampton 5). Total Fouls—Oklahoma 17, West Virginia 19.  A—3,153.

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