Morgantown, WV (SportsNetwork.com) - Bria Holmes scored 16 points and No. 7
West Virginia withstood a late charge from Kansas to earn a 67-60 victory that
gave the Mountaineers a share of the Big 12 regular-season title.
Asya Bussie and Christal Caldwell added 14 points each and West Virginia
(27-3, 16-2 Big 12) overcame a 38.6 percent shooting night to notch its 10th
consecutive win. The Mountaineers were fresh off Sunday's 71-69 road triumph
at Baylor, a result that ended the Lady Bears' 35-game home win streak against
West Virginia finished tied with Baylor for first place in the conference, but
Baylor holds the tiebreaker based on a better head-to-head mark against the
teams tied for third place -- Texas and Oklahoma State -- and will be the top
seed in the Big 12 Tournament.
Kansas (12-18, 5-13) was dealt a fifth straight loss despite Cece Harper's
game-high 19 points and seven assists. Natalie Knight finished with 17 points.
The Jayhawks owned a four-point lead late in the first half, but West Virginia
closed out the period on a 10-2 run to take a 32-28 advantage into the break.
It was a two-point game with under 14 minutes left, before an 11-3 spurt
capped by Jess Harlee's layup put the Mountaineers up 53-43 nearing the midway
mark of the second half.
West Virginia held a 63-51 lead with just over three minutes to play when the
Jayhawks scored eight straight points, with Knight's triple with 1:59 to go
pulling Kansas within five.
The Jayhawks failed to make a field goal the rest of the way, however, and
Harleee hit 1-of-2 free throws with 40 seconds left after a Kansas turnover
for a 66-58 edge that all but ended the upset bid.
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