Mountaineers Roll Past East Carolina

  • By Russell Luna
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  • November 23, 2016 07:20 PM
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SAVANNAH, Ga. - Teana Muldrow’s double-double paced the No. 19/23-ranked West Virginia University women’s basketball team to a 79-47 victory over East Carolina on Wednesday in the Savannah Invitational held at the Savannah Civic Center.
Three extended runs propelled the Mountaineers (5-0) to their fifth victory of the season. WVU used a 10-2 spurt in the first quarter, a 16-2 second quarter run and a 12-1 fourth quarter run to thwart the Pirates. East Carolina fell to 4-2 after being held to a season-low 47 points. West Virginia is off to its best start since finishing the nonconference slate undefeated at 13-0 during the 2010-11 season.
Muldrow, a junior from East Orange, New Jersey, recorded her second career double-double by scoring season-highs with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Wednesday marked a breakout performance for Big 12 Preseason Newcomer of the Year Kristina King. The junior made 6-of-8 from the field and added four free throws for 16 points. King finished second in rebounds with eight.
Tynice Martin etched her seventh consecutive double-figure scoring game with 16 points. She grabbed six rebounds and collected two steals in 34 minutes. Chania Ray dished out four assists to lead WVU. Lanay Montgomery was limited for a second straight game due to foul trouble, scoring four points and pulling down three boards.
“Overall, I was pleased with our team’s effort,” coach Mike Carey said. “Teana Muldrow and Kristina King had a great game for us. They both stepped up and played well. Now, it’s time to get focused and ready for Auburn.”
The Mountaineers made 29-of-60 from the field for 48.3 percent shooting and connected on 5-of-16 from 3-point range for 31.3 percent. ECU was held to 35.8 percent shooting (19-of-53) from the field, becoming the fifth WVU opponent this season to shoot less than 40 percent.
In the rebounds column, WVU outmanned ECU, 41-32, and outscored the Pirates 34-22 inside the paint. For a fourth game this season, West Virginia recorded double-figure steals with 11. WVU converted 21 East Carolina turnovers into 28 points.
West Virginia opened the first quarter on a 10-2 run. ECU would use a 7-3 run to trim the Mountaineer advantage to 13-9. Teana Muldrow added back-to-back buckets to put the Mountaineers up 21-16 at the end of the quarter. 
In the second quarter, West Virginia utilized a 16-2 run and held the Pirates for nearly a five minute stretch. Martin’s layup with 1:08 on the clock gave WVU a 39-25 edge to end the half. Martin led WVU with 12 points and five rebounds at the break. WVU shot 58.1 percent (18-of-31) in the opening half compared to ECU’s 35.5 percent (11-of-31).
East Carolina trimmed the game to 12 points on multiple occasions in the third period. King snapped a three-plus minute scoring drought with five consecutive points. She picked up a steal and used the fast break to score the layup and connect on the and-one. King then hit another layup to extend the Mountaineer lead to 21 points.
WVU used a 12-1 in the fourth quarter capped by a Muldrow three-pointer to push the edge to 30 points.
The No. 19/23-ranked Mountaineers face their toughest test of the season so far, when WVU will play Auburn on Thanksgiving Thursday at 7 p.m. to conclude the Savannah Invitational. Dan Zangrilli will have the call on the Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG, WVUsports.com, TuneIn and the WVU Gameday app.
NOTES: Kristina King scored a season-high 16 points … Teana Muldrow netted season-highs in points (21) and rebounds (10) for her second career double-double … Tynice Martin has now made 30 consecutive free throws dating back to March 18, 2016, which is second-best in program history ... WVU has held its first five opponents to 40 percent shooting or less … the Mountaineers held ECU to a season-low 47 points … West Virginia has registered 10 or more steals in four of five games this season.