No. 18 WVU women upset at Texas Tech

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Recee’ Caldwell scored 21 points and Texas Tech had a 17-point lead erased in the fourth quarter but recovered with a 10-2 run to close out a 75-66 upset win over No. 18 West Virginia on Wednesday night.

Ivonne Cook-Taylor added 17 points and Arella Guirantes scored 14. The Red Raiders (11-5, 3-2 Big 12) led 56-39 with 9:41 left before the Mountaineers (14-3, 2-3) scored 10 straight and later tied it at 60-all with 3:02 left.

But Texas Tech never let West Virginia take the lead.

The teams tied again at 62, Caldwell’s 3-pointer made it 65-62 and Teana Muldrow closed the gap to one with a jumper which was as close as West Virginia would get.

“Give Tech a lot of credit,” WVU coach Mike Carey said. “They played harder than we did and wanted the game more than we did. We did come back, but then we relaxed once we tied it up.

“We had two opportunities to score when it was tied and they hit a two on one and a three on the other.”

Lanay Montgomery had 18 points, Tynice Martin scored 17 and Katrina Pardee added 10.

Teana Muldrow led the Mountaineers with 10 rebounds and Chania Ray dished out eight assists.

WVU shot 43.5 percent (27-of-62) from the field and gave up 43.8 percent shooting (28-of-64) to Texas Tech.

The Lady Raiders won the rebound column, 40-32, and scored 18 points off 11 WVU turnovers.

Pardee and Montgomery combined for WVU’s 10-0 run to start the contest. Pardee hit two treys and Montgomery connected on two buckets in the first two and a half minutes. WVU maintained a 19-11 lead at the end of one. Pardee had 10 of WVU’s first 19 points.

A poor-shooting second quarter hampered the Mountaineers. WVU made just 3-of-17 in the frame for season-low 17.6 shooting percentage in a quarter compared to 7-of-14 for 50 percent from TTU.

WVU was scoreless for nearly four minutes, as Texas Tech capitalized with an 8-0 run.

Muldrow’s layup with 24 seconds left in the half, trimmed the deficit to 29-25.

West Virginia again started the third quarter with slow shooting, making just 1-of-8 in the first five minutes. Texas Tech stretched its lead to 14 at the end of the third with a jumper from Zuri Sanders.

West Virginia lost its third of the last four after opening the season with 13 straight wins.

The Mountaineers return home against No. 16 Texas in a 4 p.m. matchup on Saturday.

Saturday’s contest is Superhero Day. Tickets are $1 courtesy of WVUGAME.com.

NOTES: West Virginia’s 17.6 field goal percentage in the second quarter was the lowest of the season for the Mountaineers in the quarter … Mike Carey coached his 900th collegiate game on Wednesday … the series between the Mountaineers and Lady Raiders is now tied at 6-6 … Tynice Martin has reached double-figure scoring in 19 consecutive games.