MORGANTOWN, W. Va. (AP) — Sonya Morris scored 17 points, Rori Harmon scored nine of her 14 in the fourth quarter and No. 24 Texas turned back West Virginia 69-56 on Wednesday night to stay on top of the Big 12 Conference standings.
The Longhorns led from the start, running their stretch without trailing to 143 minutes, but it wasn’t until Harmon scored Texas’ last seven points over 2 1/2 minutes that the win was secured. The final margin matched the largest of the game.
With No. 12 Iowa State losing at Kansas State, Texas is alone at the top of the Big 12.
Taylor Jones had 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting for Texas (17-6, 8-2), which held its seven opponents below 60 points. Shaylee Gonzales added 11 points. Harmon had six rebounds, six assists and four steals. Deyona Gaston had eight points and nine rebounds.
The Longhorns had a 39-25 rebounding average and held West Virginia to 3 of 18 behind the arc.
Sarah Bates had 12 points off the bench for the Mountaineers (14-6, 5-4).
Gaston opened the game with a three-point play and after a West Virginia basket the Longhorns ran off 10 straight point, the last four by Jones. But the Mountaineers scored the last six to trail 19-14 after one quarter.
West Virginia scored the last eight points of the third quarter to trail 48-45. The Longhorns led by 13 in the middle of the quarter.
Texas is at Kansas on Saturday when West Virginia goes to No. 20 Oklahoma.
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