Longhorns continue hot streak, roll past Mountaineers 67-58

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Freshman Rori Harmon rakes in 20 points in a match against Iowa State on Wednesday night.

Amsal Madhani, Sports Reporter

Trailing 28-26 with 2:46 left in the first half, Texas was looking for a spark to gain momentum heading into the second. With Rori Harmon having the hot hand throughout the first two quarters of the game, it was only right for her to be the one with the ball in her hands to pull away from West Virginia. 

The freshman guard surveyed the defense, looking for an opening to attack. Wasting no time, Harmon saw her opportunity and burst to the rim, looking to create contact. Taking a tough hit, Harmon managed to drain a difficult layup, drawing a foul in the process. 

Harmon hit the free throw, and the Longhorns led the Mountaineers 29-28 with 2:30 left in the half. But the small lead didn’t satisfy Texas, who went on a 10-0 run to end the half and shift momentum onto its side, leading West Virginia 36-28. 

The Longhorns never looked back from that run, maintaining control of the game from that point on and defeating the Mountaineers 67-58 behind another spectacular performance from Harmon. 

Harmon led the team Sunday, scoring 19 points, grabbing eight rebounds and dishing out seven assists. 

Along with Harmon, Audrey Warren stood out in this game with her play defensively. The senior forward was a problem for West Virginia all day as Warren swatted shots relentlessly, recording three blocks. Warren also showed off her quick hands as she recorded two steals in Sunday’s contest. 

It was another spectacular outing on both ends of the court for Texas as it extended the team’s winning streak to four, a significant turnaround from its three-game losing streak in early February. Since then, the Longhorns have scored 65 or more points and have held their opponents to less than 60 points in three of their last four games. 

With just four more matchups left on the regular-season schedule, Texas looks to finish strong in Big 12 conference play and to keep building momentum as it heads into the conference tournament. Currently tied with Oklahoma for fourth in the Big 12, the team will have to continue its hot streak to finish firmly in the top four or to perhaps sneak into the top three before the season ends.

Next up for the Longhorns is a trip to Bramlage Coliseum as they face another conference foe in Kansas State.