LUBBOCK, Texas —
The Texas Tech women’s basketball team didn’t seem to have an answer for senior center Asya Bussie in the No. 18 West Virginia women’s basketball team’s 70-51 win, Wednesday.
“First of all, let me give Texas Tech credit. I knew they were going to play extremely hard here at home. They play hard. They ran a lot of good things and in my opinion (Amber) Battles is as good as any player in the Big 12 so give her a lot of credit also,” coach Mike Carey said. “I thought Asya Bussie was the difference in the game. I don’t think they had an answer for Asya Bussie”
Texas Tech cut a double-digit deficit to nine points, 57-48, with just under five minutes, but WVU responded with a 10-1 run, stretching the lead back out to 18, 67-49, with under two minutes to play.
Bussie finished the night with 19 points, nine rebounds and five blocked shots in 36 minutes to lead WVU in all categories. The Mountaineers (17-2, 6-1) never trailed the Lady Raiders (6-12, 0-7), shooting 48.9 percent (22-45) from the field, 38.9 percent (7-18) from 3-point range and 70.4 percent (19-27) from the free throw line.
Texas Tech improved its shooting in the closing half, making 30.8 percent (16-52) from the field, 33.3 percent (4-12) from beyond the arc and 78.9 percent (15-19) from the free throw line.
WVU held Texas Tech without a field goal for 9:05 of the first half. The Mountaineers pulled away from a 4-4 tie with a 15-2 run to take a 13-point lead, 19-6, with 7:38 until halftime. The Mountaineers sent the Lady Raiders to the free throw line 15 times in the opening half. TTU made 80 percent (12-15) of its attempts. The Mountaineers had a 34-24 lead at halftime.
Christal Caldwell used a layup with 6:34 left in the opening half to record the 1,000th point of her career. Caldwell becomes the 29th Mountaineer in women’s basketball program history, and 11th player under coach Carey to record 1,000 points. Caldwell finished the night with 10 points and eight rebounds. Senior guard Taylor Palmer added 17 points, including four threes.
WVU out-rebounded the Lady Raiders 41-28, outscored TTU in the paint 24-20, and capitalized on second-chance points, 18-11. The Mountaineers turned the ball over 13 times, while the Lady Raiders limited their giveaways to 10.
“We turned the ball over a lot more than we normally do today, so give them credit for that,” Carey said. “Anytime you go on the road and get a 19-point win, we’re happy with that.”
Texas Tech was led in scoring by Amber Battle with 19 points, including six from the free throw line. Jasmine Caston added nine points with a pair of threes. Audrisa Harrison led Texas Tech’s rebounding with five boards.
The Mountaineers return to the court on Saturday as they take on the Longhorns of Texas in Austin.