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WVU women claim ‘surreal’ Big 12 basketball crown

Dominion Post photo by Matt Sunday The WVU women’s basketball team reacts to seeing the Big 12 Conference Trophy for the first time as Jess Harlee pulls away its cover. WVU clinched a share of the league title with their 67-60 win over Kansas on Tuesday evening, at the Coliseum.
Dominion Post photo by Matt Sunday
The WVU women’s basketball team reacts to seeing the Big 12 Conference Trophy for the first time as Jess Harlee pulls away its cover. WVU clinched a share of the league title with their 67-60 win over Kansas on Tuesday evening, at the Coliseum.

MORGANTOWN — Taylor Palmer paused for a well-deserved moment of reflection Tuesday night, March 4.

Her No. 7-ranked WVU women’s basketball team had just captured a share of the Big 12 Conference regular-season title with a 67-60 victory against Kansas, on Senior Night, before a riled-up Coliseum crowd of 5,052.

Somehow, in the emotion of the moment, the senior guard found one fitting word to describe the picture-perfect ending to her Coliseum career.

“It was surreal,” Palmer said, after she and her teammates swayed to the sounds of “Country Roads,” cut down the nets and departed the Coliseum floor to Queen’s “We Are The Champions.”

“It was something every college player dreams of: Cutting down the nets.”

It was the only way this remarkable season could end for a Mountaineers team that finished 27-3 overall, 16-2 in the Big 12 in sharing the regular-season title with Baylor (26-4, 16-2), which beat Iowa State, 70-54.

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