By James Schleicher
AUSTIN, Texas — Led by a hot-handed redshirt junior Tynice Martin, the West Virginia Mountaineers came into the Erwin Center on Tuesday night and upset No. 12 Texas Women’s basketball 64-58.
“It’s a really really tough night for us,” head coach Karen Aston said. “It’s a struggle sometimes for us to score. I think when our best players have a rough night we’ve got a short bench and it’s hard to find a solution for that.”
Aston said that the team’s 21 turnovers played the biggest role in the team’s struggles.
“We had some uncharacteristic turnovers,” Aston said. “Just things that I don’t know really where the ball was going. We were very out of sync as far as our turnovers were concerned...Just trying to do too much.”
Texas (17-4, 7-2 Big 12) held a 9-4 lead early in the first, then West Virginia (15-5, 6-3 Big 12) went on a 14-0 run and it went all downhill from there for the Longhorns.
“I really thought where we got in trouble was how we played the first half defensively,” Aston said. “We let Tynice get going and that kind of gave their whole team confidence.”
Martin’s shooting prowess came to the forefront early in the game when she scored nine straight points to help drive a 14-0 Mountaineer run in the first quarter. Martin lead West Virginia in scoring with a season-best 27 points.