MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Bria Holmes scored 20 points and Christal Caldwell added 15 as 12th-ranked West Virginia throttled No. 13 Oklahoma State 77-45, holding the Cowgirls to 25 percent shooting Wednesday.
The 32-point win marked the largest margin of victory for a WVU women's team over a ranked opponent in program history, besting a 56-35 victory over then-No. 18 Pittsburgh on Feb. 13, 2008.
"Needless to say it was a big win for us," WVU coach Mike Carey said. "I thought our girls were so focused and came out and played extremely well. We made shots early, we defended early, we rebounded early and we executed early, and were able to get the lead."
The Mountaineers (23-3, 12-2 Big 12) raced out to a 14-0 lead and were never threatened, leading by 18 at halftime and adding an 8-0 run to start the second half on a Caldwell jumper.
Oklahoma State was scoreless the first 4:45 of each half and didn't convert on a field goal for a stretch of 11:23 in the second half.
The Mountaineers also handed Oklahoma State its first loss of the season 71-67 in Stillwater, Okla., on Jan. 4, and this time around were able to force the Cowgirls into 17 turnovers.
"I could sense they were fired up," Carey explained. "I was fired up before the game. I probably gave one of my best speeches. If you want respect, you have to go out and earn respect, and I thought tonight we went out and did that. Give them credit, they just weren't hitting. We were up the lanes, and we were making it tough on them."
Asya Bussie notched her seventh double-double of the year with 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Mountaineers and Taylor Palmer added 10 points and four assists.
Holmes connected on four 3-pointers in reaching 20 points for the fourth time in her career.
Oklahoma State (20-5, 9-5) was led by Tiffany Bias, who scored 10 points on 4-for-13 shooting. As a team, the Cowgirls connected on just 16 of 62 shots and were an even colder 1 of 18 on 3-pointers for a season-low 45 points.
The Mountaineers will next take to the road for a game at Kansas State. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Saturday.
BRIEFLY: West Virginia players sported violet socks and violet shooting shirts for Wednesday's game in honor of senior team manager SeLarra Armstrong, who is fighting Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
"It made me feel so special. It was a shocker," Armstrong said. "It was relief off my shoulders that they were able to win that big."