Longhorns Warren, Matharu combine for 43 points in 73-57 win over West Virginia

Ethan Ferguson, Sports Reporter

Following a devastating 4-point loss to Kansas three days prior in overtime, the No. 13 Texas women’s basketball team capitalized on a game the Longhorns needed and defended their home court, taking down West Virginia 73-57 on Saturday.

The 16-point win keeps the Longhorns competitive in Big 12 play at 2-2 and moved their overall record to 12-3.

After starting the game slowly and going 0-for-5 on field goal attempts enroute to an early 10-2 deficit, the Longhorns began hitting their marks, quickly regaining the lead and controlling it for the remainder of the game.

Senior guard Audrey Warren was the spark off the bench that the Longhorns needed, scoring nine points on 3-of-4 shooting in the first quarter. Warren finished the game with 17 points, four rebounds and two steals.

Junior guard Aliyah Matharu led the game in scoring with 26 points on 8-of-16 shooting, just one point away from tying her career high. In addition, Matharu had three rebounds, two assists and a steal.

Freshman Rori Harmon was extremely impactful on defense with five steals. Harmon also facilitated on offense with 11 points and three assists. Despite her 5-foot-6-inch frame, Harmon was able to bring in nine rebounds, all of which came defensively.

Lauren Ebo, the 6-foot-4-inch senior center, was a menace on both ends of the court. She brought nine rebounds, six of which came on the defensive end. Ebo was also aggressive at getting to the foul line where she went a perfect 8-for-8 on the night.

The Mountaineers were forced to deal with early foul trouble and had to sit three of their starters early in the game. The Longhorns capitalized on West Virginia’s foul struggles by shooting a season-best 78.8% from the charity stripe and making 26 free throws in total. West Virginia only made four of seven attempted free throws.

The Longhorns kept control of the ball, limiting their amount of turnovers to just 13, ten fewer than against Kansas on Wednesday.

Next up for the No. 13 Longhorns is a trip to No. 9 Iowa State, who have just one loss and are undefeated in Big 12 play.