Montgomery Achieves Historic Feat in Opener

  • By Russell Luna
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  • November 12, 2016 07:45 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Senior Lanay Montgomery’s recorded a historic performance of 17 points and 18 rebounds to pace the No. 22/25 ranked West Virginia University women’s basketball team to a season-opening, 88-38, victory over Charleston Southern on Saturday at the WVU Coliseum.
West Virginia (1-0) sprinted out to an 11-5 lead before Charleston Southern (0-1) cut the game to 11-9 midway through the first quarter. WVU utilized a 12-2 run and held CSU scoreless for a seven minute stretch that lasted late in the second quarter and the first three minutes of the third quarter. The Mountaineers are now 13-3 all-time in season openers under Mike Carey and 29-15 all-time.
Montgomery was one of three WVU players to score 17 points in the contest and did something a Mountaineer had not accomplished in 25 years. The senior from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, connected a perfect 7-of-7 from the field and added 3-of-4 from the charity stripe in 21 minutes. Montgomery’s impressive 17 point and 18 rebound performance was the best for a WVU women’s basketball player since Donna Abbott posted 22 points and 19 rebounds against Rutgers on Feb. 28, 1991. The double-double marked the 10th in Montgomery’s career and she has now pulled down double-digit boards in back-to-back games.
Overall, West Virginia connected on 50.8 percent (32-of-63) from the field and 39.1 percent from behind the arc (9-of-23). The Mountaineers held CSU to just 17.7 percent (11-of-62) shooting, as the Buccaneers became the 17th opponent in WVU program history to only make 11 or less field goals.
“We have a lot of work to do, but it’s good to get that first win out of the way,” said Carey. “We get some more film, so we have a long way to go. There were too many turnovers, gave up too many offensive rebounds, just got out hustled. You know, those are things you just can’t do against good teams, and if we do that against good teams we’ll get beat. Like I’ve always said I don’t coach to score, I coach the game.”
West Virginia outmanned Charleston Southern, 60-31, on the boards and outscored CSU 38-2 in the paint. WVU capitalized with 21 second chance points and 24 points off 16 Buccaneers turnovers.
Junior Teana Muldrow scored 17 points, collected seven rebounds, dished out three assists and snatched a pair of steals. Tynice Martin also eclipsed double figures with 17 points, making 7-of-13 from the field and 3-of-7 from the 3-point line.
Chania Ray distributed a career-high 11 assists – the most for a Mountaineer point guard since Linda Stepney recorded 12 against Saint Francis in Dec. 2014. Ray also registered four rebounds and two steals.
A couple of other Mountaineers reach career highs: Anja Martin tallied a personal-best eight points and Desiree Rhodes corralled a new career-high in 12 boards. Kristina King, the Big 12 Conference Preseason Newcomer of the Year, scored eight points in her WVU debut.
The Mountaineers opened the contest on an 11-5 run before Rachel Burns and Breanna Saunders each connected on layups to narrow the Mountaineer edge to two with 5:22 remaining. West Virginia used a 5-0 run to close the quarter and hold a 16-9 lead.
In the second quarter, WVU opened the period on a 12-2 run, as Muldrow scored in back-to-back opportunities and converted the and-one to put the Mountaineers up 41-13 at the half. Charleston Southern was outscored 25-4 in the second quarter. The four Buccaneer points were the fewest scored by a WVU opponent in a quarter.
West Virginia shot 48.5 percent (16-of-33) from the field compared to 14.3 percent (5-of-35) for CSU. The Mountaineers outrebounded the Buccaneers, 30-18, and dominated the paint 24-2. Montgomery had 11 points and nine rebounds, while Muldrow recorded 12 points. Rachel Burns led CSU with five points at the halfway point.
Martin’s trey at the 3:21 mark in the third gave WVU a 43-point edge. West Virginia coasted from there eventually stretching the lead to 50 points. Burns and Ke’Asia Jackson lead CSU with 10 points each.
No. 22/25 West Virginia continues its homestand against Howard on Tuesday, Nov. 15. Tipoff with the Bison is set for 6:30 p.m. at the WVU Coliseum.
Tickets are priced at just $5 and can be purchased at WVUGAME.com or by calling the Mountaineer Ticket Office at 1-800-WVU GAME. Will Call and all game day ticket sales will take place at the Gold Gate ticket windows only. Fans who have already purchased tickets can have their ticket scanned and enter the Blue, Gold or Country Roads gates.
NOTES: No. 22/25 West Virginia (1-0) opened its 44th season on Saturday with a 88-38 victory over Charleston Southern, the last time WVU won by 50 or more points was against Saint Francis on Dec. 29, 2014…Charleston Southern’s 11 field makes are the 17th time a WVU opponent has connected on 11 or fewer field goals in a game, marking the first time since Longwood made 11 field goals against WVU on Dec. 16, 2015. Montgomery recorded her 10th career double-double today, scoring 17 points, 18 rebounds and seven offensive rebounds, the last time a player scored 17/18 plus was in 1991 by Donna Abbott….Chania Ray posted a career high 11 assists, the most since Bria Holmes’ 10 assists versus Marshall (Dec. 13, 2015)…Alexis Brewer ties her career high of five rebounds…Desiree Rhodes set a career high of 12 rebounds…Tynice Martin ties her career high seven 3FGA…Anja Martin recorded a career-high of eight points…WVU now holds a 10-2 record against Big South competition… the Mountaineers are 29-15 all-time in season openers and have won 10 of the last 11 games to kick off the season…coach Mike Carey holds a 13-3 record in season openers…the Mountaineers are 34-10 in home openers…the WVU women’s basketball team presented the Jack and Janice Redden family an autographed ball as they announced that all of the flood relief proceeds will benefit will go to Rainelle, W.Va.