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January 6, 2014

Mountaineers rally past No. 11 Cowgirls

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STILLWATER, Okla. —

“Our girls showed a lot of heart. We were down big in the first half and we were down in the second half and our girls fought back,” West Virginia coach Mike Carey said.

West Virginia’s Bria Holmes led the game with 21 points. Asya Bussie dropped in 13 and Christal Caldwell chipped in 12 in the Mountaineer win.

LaShawn Jones led the Cowgirls with 18 points in the loss. Bias and Brittany Atkins both scored 13 points.

The Mountaineer’s pace was too much for Oklahoma State as West Virginia outscored the Cowgirls 16-4 in fast break points.

“I think they were running out pretty good,” Bias said. “We should never get beat like that. Our defense is too good.”

The Mountaineers were also strong in the paint as they beat the Cowgirls 34-22 down low.

“I just got caught switching a lot when I should’ve been down and ready,” Jones said.

Oklahoma State pulled down a whopping 22 offensive rebounds and had 23 defensive rebounds. The Cowgirlsout rebounded West Virginia 45-34.

“They pound the boards,” Carey said.

Oklahoma State will look to recover from the loss as the Cowgirls will travel to Manhattan, Kan., on Wednesday.

“We’ll find out what we’re about right now. It isn’t any indication of who you are or what you are when you’re 12-0. It’s what you do after you have a tough loss and how you’re going to bounce back from that,” Littell said.

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