West Virginia Mountaineers
The Horned Frogs enter the season with very high expectations.
Taurean Prince scored 18 points off the bench, Royce O’Neale added 16 and No. 16 Baylor pulled away late to beat No. 18 West Virginia 80-70 on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament.
Devin Williams finished with 14 points and was a big reason No. 20 West Virginia’s inside game showed up this time against Texas in the Mountaineers’ 71-64 win over the Longhorns on Tuesday night.
Nina Davis scored 22 points as the Lady Bears stretched their overall winning streak to 23 games with a 79-51 victory over West Virginia on Sunday.
Breana McDonald scored a career-high 19 points to lead West Virginia to a 78-69 upset victory over No. 24 Oklahoma on Sunday.
The Sooners committed a season-high 22 turnovers, due in large part to West Virginia’s pressure, and never led in an 86-65 loss to the Mountaineers on Tuesday night.
Nneka Enemkpali had 11 points and 12 rebounds, and the Longhorns stayed unbeaten with a tough 61-55 win over West Virginia on Wednesday night.
The usually bounce in West Virginia’s steps was missing, but it was enough for the Mountaineers to beat Texas Tech by a score of 78-67 on Monday night.
Texas A&M and West Virginia enter Monday’s Liberty Bowl knowing plenty about each other, even though they’ve never met.
West Virginia will make its first Liberty Bowl appearance in half a century when it meets Texas A&M on Dec. 29.
Three years ago, the Horned Frogs and the Mountaineers were on their way to defending titles in different conferences. They then joined the Big 12 together.
Bryce Petty got knocked around and struggled to find his targets, Baylor piled up the penalties and the Bears’ undefeated season came to a grinding halt.