MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The No. 13/14-ranked West Virginia University women’s basketball team shot a season-high 59.7 percent from the field and improved to 10-0 in a 91-33 victory over USC Upstate on Saturday evening at the WVU Coliseum.
West Virginia opened the contest on an 11-2 run and never trailed. The Mountaineers used a 21-0 scoring spurt in the third and fourth quarters to pick up their 31st consecutive win over a nonconference opponent at the WVU Coliseum. WVU’s 12th straight win at the Coliseum ranks seventh all-time, while the 10-game win streak is tied for the 10th longest in program history. Saturday’s win also tied the Mountaineers second-best start in program history, matching the 10-0 start in 2002-03. USC Upstate’s 33 points were the lowest for a Mountaineer opponent since Georgetown was limited to 32 in 2012. The Spartans fell to 4-6 on the season.
Senior center Lanay Montgomery
recorded her fourth double-double of the year with 16 points and 10 rebounds. She blocked four shots and made 8-of-9 from the field for an 88.9 shooting percentage. For a second consecutive game, Kristina King
matched season-highs with 16 points and nine rebounds in 19 minutes. Teana Muldrow
finished with 15 points, six rebounds and five assists. Additionally, Tynice Martin
eclipsed double-figures for a 12th consecutive game with 14 points.
finished with nine points and led WVU with seven assists and four steals. Sophomore Katrina Pardee
also tallied nine points in the contest.
“I thought we moved really well against their zone and then when they went man, we started going one-on-one and not moving the ball,” coach Mike Carey said. “Overall, it was good to get everyone in the game.”
West Virginia made 37-of-62 from the field for a season-high 59.7 percent shooting. The shooting mark was the highest since shooting 64.4 percent against Youngstown State on Dec. 16, 2012. The Mountaineers won the rebound battle, 49-23, and outscored the Spartans, 54-14, in the paint. West Virginia limited its 11th consecutive opponent to less than 40 percent shooting as USC Upstate made just 14-of-59 for 23.7 percent. WVU dished out 24 assists and collected 14 steals in the victory.
Pardee scored West Virginia’s first seven points as the Mountaineers opened the contest to an 11-2 lead. Montgomery also added eight points and blocked two shots in seven minutes in the opening quarter. USC Upstate was limited to eight points, marking the 12th quarter this season WVU has held an opponent below double-figure scoring in a period.
Six of the first eight points were scored by the USC Upstate to start the second quarter. Montgomery, King and Pardee sparked a 10-3 Mountaineer run. West Virginia closed the half with a 42-19 lead and shot a season-best 63.3 percent from the field in the opening half.
Muldrow made four of West Virginia’s first six points in the second half, all of which came from the charity stripe. The Mountaineers closed the third quarter on a 14-point run to extend the margin to 45 points.
WVU added seven more consecutive points to stretch the lead to 79-26 with 7:40 remaining. A layup from Vanessa Agrusa snapped the 21-0 run, but WVU added 13 more points in the quarter for its largest margin of victory win of the season. Brittney Delva led the Spartans with 12 points.
No. 13/14 West Virginia visits Charleston, West Virginia, next Saturday, Dec. 17, to play Longwood in a 4 p.m. tilt at the Charleston Civic Center. Fans can purchase tickets online through Ticketmaster or by visiting the Charleston Civic Center Box Office.
NOTES: With the win against USC Upstate, WVU matched its second-best start to a season with 10 consecutive wins… USC Upstate’s 33 points were the lowest scored for a Mountaineer opponent since Georgetown’s 32 on March 4, 2012 … the Mountaineers have now won a program-record 31 consecutive games at the WVU Coliseum against nonconference opponents … WVU’s 10-game win streak is tied for 10th all-time and the 12-game win streak at the WVU Coliseum is seventh all-time … WVU shot 63.6% from the field in the first half, the highest field goal percentage in the first half of any game this season … the Mountaineers shot a season-high 59.7 percent from the field, the highest percentage since scoring on 64.4 percent of their shots against Youngstown State in 2012… the WVU defense held USC Upstate to score 10 or less points in three quarters, marking the ninth game and 14th quarter this season that they have held an opponent to score less than 10 in a quarter … after scoring a game-high 16 points, Lanay Montgomery
has now scored in double-figures in five games this season … Montgomery also blocked four shots, marking the 45th time in the last 48 games that she has recorded a block … Montgomery got her team-leading fourth double-double of the season, and her 13th career double-double … With a nine rebound performance, Kristina King
has grabbed five or more rebounds in eight of the 10 games this season … King also scored 16 points, matching a season-high … After scoring 14 points, Tynice Martin
has now scored in double-figures in 11 straight games and 18 of her last 20 contests … Four Mountaineers scored in double figures, marking the seventh game that three or more players have scored in double figures.