WVU Clips Eagles to Complete Homestand

  • By Russell Luna
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  • November 19, 2016 04:53 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Three players reached double-figures in the West Virginia University women’s basketball team’s 69-39 victory over Coppin State on Saturday at the WVU Coliseum.
No. 21/25-ranked West Virginia (3-0) opened the game on a 10-0 run, but shot just 33.3 percent (11-of-33) in the opening half. For a third consecutive game, the Mountaineers bounced back and shot over 60 percent (8-of-13) in the third quarter and took command of the contest for the team’s 27th consecutive win at the WVU Coliseum against nonconference opponents. With the loss, Coppin State fell to 0-4 on the year.   
Sophomore Tynice Martin led all scorers with 19 points. Martin connected on six field goals and connected on a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line. The Atlanta native has now made 19 consecutive free throws dating back to the Princeton game on March 18, 2016, last season.
Katrina Pardee finished with a season-high 17 points and registered a career-high six rebounds in 29 minutes. Teana Muldrow tallied 11 points and pulled down seven rebounds for fourth consecutive double-figure scoring game. The junior from East Orange, New Jersey, made 5-of-8 from the field, snatched three steals and blocked two shots.
Lanay Montgomery had her best blocking performance since April 2015, leading the way with seven of WVU’s 14 blocks on the evening. Montgomery also tallied seven points and grabbed seven rebounds. Chania Ray led WVU with eight assists, while grabbing seven rebounds and collecting three steals.
“I expected a lot more from us,” coach Mike Carey said after collecting his 325th career win at WVU. “When we came in here, I said the emphasis on this game is block-outs and turnovers. We gave up 20 offensive rebounds and turned it over 17 times. So without a doubt, we didn’t do what we were trying to emphasize this game.”
Overall, West Virginia shot 40.0 percent (24-of-60) from the field and 21.7 percent (5-of-23) from behind the three-point line. Coppin State became the fourth consecutive WVU opponent to shoot below 40 percent, connecting on just 22.6 percent (14-of-62) from the field and 9.1 percent (1-of-11) from behind the arc. In the rebound column, WVU had the narrow edge, 45-44. The Mountaineers converted 23 Eagles turnovers into 23 points.
West Virginia opened the first quarter on a 10-0 run. However, Coppin State answered with a 7-4 run to close Mountaineer lead to 14-7 at the end of one.
Despite shooting just 25 percent (4-of-16) in the first quarter, the Mountaineers answered in the second quarter by connecting on of 7-of-17 for 41.2 percent. WVU used a 13-0 run over a four minute span to push its lead to 24 points with four minutes remaining in the opening half. Pardee paced WVU with 10 points followed by eight from Martin.
Muldrow connected on nine of WVU’s first 11 points to open the third quarter. West Virginia outscored CSU, 22-14, and held a 55-27 advantage after three periods. The Mountaineers added 14 more points in the fourth quarter to secure their ninth win over Coppin State.
No. 21/25 West Virginia hits the road for this first time this season with the Savannah Invitational from Nov. 22-24, in Savannah, Georgia. The Mountaineers open the regular-season tournament with North Carolina A&T on Tuesday, Nov. 22, in a 7 p.m. contest at the Savannah Civic Center.
NOTES: Tynice Martin has made 19 consecutive free throws dating back to last season … Martin has reached double-figures in 11 of her last 13 games and five consecutive contests … Martin has scored a field goal in 13 consecutive games … Teana Muldrow has scored a field goal in 12 consecutive games and has tallied double-figures in the last four games … Lanay Montgomery has blocked a shot in 27 consecutive games and 39 of the last 40 contests … Montgomery’s seven blocks were the most for her since recording eight against Temple in April 2015 … Katrina Pardee netted a career-high six rebounds and finished two points shy (17) of her career-high 19 … West Virginia has now won 27 consecutive games against nonconference opponents at the WVU Coliseum dating back to 2014 season … West Virginia is now 9-0 all-time against Coppin State … West Virginia has held its last four opponents under 40 percent shooting.