Martin’s Career-High 27 Paces WVU Past Howard

  • By Russell Luna
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  • November 15, 2016 09:54 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Sophomore Tynice Martin netted a career-high 27 points to lead the No. 21/25-ranked West Virginia University women’s basketball team to a 95-49 victory over Howard on Tuesday evening at the WVU Coliseum.
Howard senior Te’Shya Heslip’s layup cut the WVU lead to 16-11 with 1:41 remaining in the first quarter. However, West Virginia answered with a 21-0 run that lasted six minutes into the second quarter. The Mountaineers (2-0) tallied 54 of their 95 points in the second half to cruise to their 26th consecutive victory against a nonconference opponent at the WVU Coliseum. Howard fell to 0-2 on the season.
Martin bested her previous career-high of 20 points and became the ninth WVU player to finish perfect from the free throw line with 10 or more points. The sophomore from Atlanta finished the evening 7-of-14 from the field, 3-of-9 from behind the arc and 10-of-10 from the free throw line. She grabbed four rebounds, collected three steals, dished out two assists and blocked two shots in 29 minutes.
In addition to Martin, four other Mountaineers eclipsed double-figures. Junior Chania Ray netted a career-best 17 points, going 7-of-14 from the field, while dishing out five assists and snatching a career-high five steals.
Alexis Brewer connected on a career-best three triples and finished 5-of-9 with 13 points. Big 12 Preseason Newcomer of the Year Kristina King tallied 12 points and corralled six rebounds. Teana Muldrow finished with 11 points, eight rebounds four assists and three steals. Lanay Montgomery blocked a shot for a 26th straight game and registered her third consecutive double-figure rebounding game with a game-high 13 boards. The senior scored seven points, just three shy of a double-double.
“I thought Tynice (Martin) played hard. Lanay (Montgomery) got the rebounds and all that, but we don’t pass well out of the post,” coach Mike Carey said. “I thought that Chania (Ray) did a nice job. I thought Kristina King at times did a nice job. But, we don’t play hard enough. We let people drive from the three-point line, to layups and never got to the ball. It can happen against this team. It can’t happen against a good team, we’re going to get beat. I saw some good things, but we have a long way to go.”
Overall, WVU shot 46.3 percent (31-of-67) from the field and 43.5 percent (10-of-23) from behind the arc. From the charity stripe, WVU knocked down 23-of-29 free throw attempts for 79.3 percent. Howard was limited to 32.0 percent shooting (16-of-15) from the field and 3-of-15 (20.0 percent) from behind the arc. The Mountaineers won the rebound battle, 48-28 and outscored Howard 32-18 in the paint. WVU forced 27 Howard turnovers and converted those into 34 points.
Heslip paced the Bison with 25 points, just seven shy of her career-high set against New Hampshire in 2014.
The Mountaineers struggled in the first quarter shooting just 36.8 percent. With WVU holding on to an 11-9 advantage with 3:28 left in the quarter, Martin finished the quarter by scoring the last seven points. It was jump started by Martin’s steal that lead to a Ray fast break score. From there, Martin hit a three-pointer, made two free throws and connected on a jumper to give WVU a 20-11 edge at the end of the opening quarter.
West Virginia sprinted out on a 17-0 run to push its lead to 26 with 4:01 left in the quarter. However, Howard used a 9-0 run of its own and trimmed the lead to 39-20 at the halftime break. Martin registered a team-leading 15 points at the break, connecting on 8-of-8 from the free throw line. Montgomery pulled down nine rebounds in the opening half, allowing her to pass former teammate Averee Fields (650) for 11th all-time in career rebounding. West Virginia shot 32.4 percent (12-of-37) from the field compared to Howard’s 20.8 percent (5-of-24).
In the third quarter, West Virginia connected on six of its first eight shots to push its lead to 55-30 midway through the period. WVU added 16 more points to cap a 32-point third quarter. The Mountaineers have outscored their competition, 65-32, in the third quarter this season. WVU netted 24 points in the fourth quarter to improve its all-time record to 3-1 against Howard.
The Mountaineers return to action on Saturday, Nov. 19, in a 1 p.m. tipoff against Coppin State at the WVU Coliseum. Admission to Saturday’s contest is free, courtesy of WVU Medicine.  
NOTES: The Mountaineers have won 26 straight home games against nonconference opponents at the WVU Coliseum, dating back to Nov. 24, 2013 … West Virginia holds a (3-1) edge in the series against Howard, winning the last two matchups … with Lanay Montgomery’s 13 rebounds tonight, she passed former teammate Averee Fields for 11th all-time with 655 career rebounds … Montgomery is on a 26-game streak of blocking at least one shot … Tynice Martin led the Mountaineers with 27 points, recording a career high, while setting a season-high of four rebounds … Martin has scored more than 20 points three times in her career and the first this season …  Chania Ray posted a career high of 17 points and five steals in tonight’s game … Alexis Brewer nailed a career-high with three triples made in a game and set a season-high of 13 points, just one point away from matching her career high … Teana Muldrow set a season-high with eight rebounds, a season-high with four assists and three steals … Muldrow has now made six consecutive three pointers dating back to last season … WVU is now 98-7 against nonconference opponents at home dating back to 2002. 

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