West Virginia overwhelms Oklahoma
OKLAHOMA CITY – Behind the onslaught of Tynice Martin and Teana Muldrow, the West Virginia Mountaineers overwhelmed the Oklahoma Sooners 82-58 in the quarterfinal round of the Big 12 Women’s Basketball Tournament at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday.
Martin led the Mountaineers with 21 points on 7-of-20 shooting with three free throws but Muldrow had the more efficient game with 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting and 2-for-2 on the free throw line with eight rebounds.
“We started on defense today and we just kept it going,” Martin said. “We kept our foot on the pedal and that’s pretty much it. I didn’t know that I was going to shoot well tonight. I didn’t know how I was going to play but I kept my energy high along with the team and, you know, we played well.”
The Sooners lost by 24 points despite out-rebounding the Mountaineers 34-31. The Sooners shot 18-of-54 from the floor including 4-of-16 from the three-point arch. Meanwhile, the Mountaineers shot 55.9 percent.
This was the third meeting between the two teams in the quarterfinal round of the tournament, with Oklahoma winning both times. The third time went so poorly for the Sooners that head coach Sherri Coale felt the need to publicly apologize.
“I have been coaching a long time,” Coale said, “and I don’t think that I’ve ever had a team take the floor and appear to be as ill-prepared or as unmotivated as we appeared tonight and it’s hard to understand and I’m disappointed by it.”
With a 22-9 record, the Sooners were already a lock for the NCAA Tournament. However, back-to-back losses by 20 points or more going into the first round is concerning.
“We didn’t win 22 game this year by accident,” Coale said. “So we’ll take this time in the next two weeks and find a way. If I had an exact answer for you then we wouldn’t be having this conversation right now, but we will figure it out. That’s what we’re paid to do.”
This is West Virginia’s first victory over a higher seed in the Big 12 tournament. The Mountaineers will take on Texas in the semifinal on Sunday. The Longhorns defeated Oklahoma State 71-60 with four players scoring in the double-digits.