Longhorns down Mountaineers

OKLAHOMA CITY (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 11 of 12.

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.

BIG PICTURE

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.

UP NEXT

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.



 
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