WVU women down No. 21 Oklahoma

MORGANTOWN – Christal Caldwell scored 24 points as the West Virginia women’s basketball team downed its second-consecutive ranked opponent with a 82-63 win over No. 21 Oklahoma on Sunday at the Coliseum.

The Mountaineers (13-8, 5-5 Big 12) trailed 22-11, when a Bria Holmes’ jumper sparked a 23-5 WVU that put WVU ahead 34-27 at intermission.

The Sooners (16-5, 6-3 Big 12) came out of the break shooting as a Morgan Hook three made it a 3-point game, 39-36, with 17:36 left to play. The Mountaineers responded with a 13-4 run over the next six minutes to create a double-digit deficit once again, 52-40. OU recorded five consecutive points to cut the lead to seven at the 11:08 mark, 52-45, the closest it would come for the remainder of the game.

Caldwell led WVU in scoring for the 10th time this season with her season-high point total, 15 of which came in the opening half. Bria Holmes matched her career best with 17 points, while Jess Harlee, also off the bench, chipped in 12 points. Holmes and Harlee helped WVU’s bench to its largest production in Big 12 play this season, totaling 40 bench points to OU’s five. Ayana Dunning rounded out WVU’s four double-figure scorers with 11 points.

Dunning and Harlee were each one rebound shy of a double-double with nine boards apiece and each recorded three steals. WVU out-rebounded the Sooners 46-42 and used 13 team steals to help force 17 OU turnovers. The Mountaineers limited their own turnovers to a season-low 10.

Entering the game, OU’s Aaryn Ellenberg led the team in scoring as she averaged 20.9 points per conference game, and was held to only 12 points. Joanna McFarland and Hook co-led the Sooners in scoring with 14 points, while McFarland added a game-leading 16 rebounds for a double-double. The Sooners led the league from beyond the arc, shooting 39.2 percent entering the game, and was held to 22.7 percent on 5-of-22 from 3-point range.

The Mountaineers will hit the road for a pair of games this week, starting at 8 p.m., on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at Texas Tech. WVU will close out the week with a 3 p.m., game at Kansas on Saturday.

Kent State 57, Ohio 55

ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio University women’s basketball team endured a furious Kent State comeback on Sunday afternoon, as the Bobcats fell to the visiting Golden Flashes by a final score of 57-55. Ohio held a four-point lead with 75 seconds remaining, but Kent State scored six points during the final 25 seconds to escape with the victory.

Kent State (3-18, 1-7 Mid-American Conference) ended the game outscoring Ohio (5-15, 0-8 MAC) by a 31-13 margin over the final 13:30 of the contest.

Ohio connected on 22-58 field goals to shoot 37.9 percent. The Golden Flashes hit 24 of their 51 shots to operate at a 47.1 percent clip.

The Bobcats out-rebounded the Golden Flashes by two (37-35) and forced Kent State into 24 turnovers, a number of which came via senior forward Tina Fisher establishing good position on the floor and taking multiple charges. Ohio was also very efficient in moving the ball, assisting on 15 of its 22 made field goals.

Marshall 55, Memphis 54

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. After starting the Conference USA schedule 0-6, Marshall women’s basketball picked up its first league win, taking down Memphis 55-54 on Sunday in the Cam Henderson Center.

The Thundering Herd is now 7-13 (1-6 C-USA) for the season and the win breaks an eight-game losing skid. The Tigers dropped to 13-9 (4-4 C-USA) with the loss.

“Boy, it’s long overdue,” said head coach Matt Daniel. “This league the scores aren’t getting out of the fifties and we knew it was going to be a dogfight. We beat a good team tonight and I feel like we played our tails off again played our hearts out.”

Three-point accuracy was a catalyst to the Herd win as 10 of the 21 made field goals came from behind the three-point arch. The 10 made three-pointers ties a season-high that was previously set in a win against Jackson State. Before the Jackson State win, Marshall had not had 10 made three-pointers since the 2007 season.