The No. 18 West Virginia women's basketball team went cold at the wrong time, missing five field goal attempts and two free throws over the final 2:26 in a 66-63 to Texas Saturday in Austin, Texas.It was the first road loss for the Mountaineers while Texas remained unbeaten at home.The Longhorns used a 9-1 run late in the second half to erase a five-point deficit and claim a 65-62 lead with 2:50 to go."Texas played harder than we did in the first half," WVU coach Mike Carey said. "We stood around and it cost us down the stretch. We had opportunities and took some bad shots."
Nneka Enemkpali scored 15 points and grabbed 21 rebounds for the Longhorns (13-6 overall, 4-3 Big 12) as Texas held a 46-27 rebounding advantage. Brady Sanders scored 14 for Texas and Nekia Jones had 11.West Virginia's Bria Holmes led all scorers with 18 points while Averee Fields contributed 12 points, eight rebounds, six assists and four steals.The Mountaineers (17-3, 6-2) will host Iowa State at 7 p.m. Wednesday. WVU earned a 73-59 win over the Cyclones in Ames, Iowa, in their first meeting this season.nn
COLLEGE WRESTLING: Wheeling Jesuit took home first place with a score of 132.5 at the West Virginia College Wrestling Invitational Saturday at West Liberty.WVU Tech finished in third place (81.0) and West Virginia finished sixth (65.5).WVU's John Pellegrino won the 125-pound division with a 7-4 decision over West Liberty's Zach Brown and WVU Tech's Bradley Ponchak finished second in the 165-pound class. nn
WVU SPORTS: West Virginia finished in third place at the Youngstown State University College Invitational Friday in Youngstown, Ohio.Youngstown State won the meet with a team score of 149.50, while Duquesne finished second (143). West Virginia registered a team score of 106.50, finishing ahead of Pitt (94).WVU freshman Sydney Scott placed first in the mile with a time of 5:03.45 and senior Stormy Nesbit won the triple jump for the second time in six days with a leap of 12.37 meters.
The West Virginia tennis team fell to Liberty, 6-1, at the Charleston Indoor Racquet Club Saturday.
The Mountaineers (0-2) were led by sophomore Hailey Barrett, who downed the Flames' (3-0) Rebekah Jenkins 6-0, 6-1 in singles, and the freshmen tandem of Oana Manole and Kaja Mrgole, who defeated Valerie Thong and Brittany Yang 6-3 in doubles.The No. 3-ranked WVU rifle team defeated Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) foe No. 11 Memphis, 4690-4655, in Memphis, Tenn. Saturday.
The Mountaineers (8-0, 6-0 GARC) won both guns, out-shooting the Tigers (5-7, 2-3 GARC) 2321-2317 in smallbore and 2369-2338 in air rifle. nn
MARSHALL SPORTS: Marshall's track and field team competed Friday and Saturday in the Gladstein Invitational in Bloomington, Ind.
Herd sprinter Asia Bange finished seventh in the preliminary round of the 60-meter hurdles Friday in a time of 8.80 seconds and qualified for Saturday's final.Loren Dyer finished fifth in the 600 meters (1:37.60) while Shanice Johnson took sixth in the 200 (25.78) to lead Marshall on Saturday.Catika Slay finished ninth (5.50 meters) in the long jump, and the quartet of Kearra Haynes, Johnson, Tianya Hankerson and Dyer (3:55.07) played ninth in the 4x400 relay.Marshall's tennis match with Morehead State, scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, was postponed due to inclement weather. The match has been rescheduled for noon Tuesday at the Huntington Tennis Club.Marshall's swimming and diving team finished with a 1-2 record Saturday afternoon against host Western Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Cumberlands. Herd senior Madison Lawhorn Lawhorn took third in the 200-yard breaststroke and freshman Teel Hartmann finished third in the 400-yard individual medley.