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Mountaineers dominate TCU, advance to Big 12 Quarterfinals

The WVU women’s basketball team cruised to victory Thursday night as they beat TCU 68-48 to advance to the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Tournament.

The West Virginia women’s basketball team cruised to victory Thursday night as they beat TCU 68-48, to advance to the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Tournament.

The No. 7 seeded Mountaineers got off to a bit of a slow start as they turned the ball over four times in the first two minutes of the game. The Horned Frogs jumped out to an early 4-1 lead, but the Mountaineers would go on a 16-1 run to end the first quarter and they never looked back. Junior forward Esmery Martinez played limited minutes in the quarter due to some early foul trouble.

TCU shot 1-for-9 from the field in the first quarter with nine turnovers, while WVU shot 7-for-17 from the field in the quarter. 

The Mountaineers began the second quarter on a 10-2 run as they jumped out to a commanding 27-7 lead. WVU took a 34-11 lead into the half with Jayla Hemingway leading the way with nine points, while Madisen Smith and JJ Quinerly each had seven. TCU went into the half having made just 3 field goals the entire half and shooting 0-9 from three.

By the end of the third quarter, West Virginia had a 51-29 lead as they continued to pour it on the Horned Frogs. At the end of the quarter, TCU was up to 20 turnovers at that point and that was a big factor in this one.

The Horned Frogs opened up the fourth quarter on a 11-2 run, cutting the deficit to 13 as they trailed 53-40. Lauren Heard struggled from the field all game long but with 5:32 remaining, she scored point number 2,000 in her college career as she made two free throws.

The Mountaineers would go on a 15-8 run to close out the game, beating TCU by a final score of 68-48. Smith led the way for WVU as she finished the game with 19 points and three rebounds. Quinerly had a strong game as well as she finished with 16 points and seven rebounds.

TCU’s leading scorer was Okako Adika, who finished the night with 17 points. Heard finished with 14 points.

WVU finished the game shooting 26-for-63 from the field and 7-for-16 from three. TCU ended the night shooting 14-for-51 from the field and just 2-for-19 from beyond the arc.

The Mountaineers will take on Iowa State in the quarterfinals Friday night.

Photo by: WVU WBB Twitter

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