WVU Dishes Out 32 Assists in Win over Longwood

  • By Russell Luna
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  • December 17, 2016 07:18 PM
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The No. 14-ranked West Virginia University women’s basketball team distributed 32 assists in a 107-40 victory over Longwood on Saturday afternoon at the Charleston Civic Center.
A 16-4 run and another 16-0 spurt in the first quarter set the tone for the Mountaineers. West Virginia shot 71.4 percent (25-of-35) in the first half. Although WVU (11-0) cooled down in the second half, the Mountaineers finished the game shooting 56.8 percent (42-of-74) from the field. WVU’s 32 assists on 42 field goals matched 32 assists dished out against Indiana State (Nov. 23, 1984) and Duquesne (Nov. 7, 1984) for second in program history. Longwood fell to 1-7 on the season.
Tynice Martin led the Mountaineers with 21 points for her sixth career 20-point performance. Martin dished out a career-high seven assists and matched a season-high six rebounds. Lanay Montgomery made 9-of-9 from the field and finished with 19 points, eight rebounds and three blocks. Junior guard Teana Muldrow also went a perfect 7-of-7 from the field to finishing the day with 17 points, while dishing out five assists and grabbing four rebounds.
Alexis Brewer eclipsed double figures with a career-high 16 points in 28 minutes. Kristina King rounded out WVU’s double-digit scoring with 11 points, and sophomore Katrina Pardee led the team with a career-high 10 assists and zero turnovers in 21 minutes. Desiree Rhodes paced the team with nine rebounds.
“That was a good crowd for us, and it’s great to come down. I’ve always liked coming down here. The biggest thing I see out of this game is I think we had 32 assists out of 42 goals,” coach Mike Carey said. “That’s good to see. You know a lot of the times when you play and it’s a score like this, a lot of people are going one-on-one and not moving the ball and that type of stuff. It was great to see our team – 32 assists is really good, so that was great to see.”
Saturday’s victory gave West Virginia its 11th straight win, tying for the seventh-longest win streak and second-best start to a season in program history. Longwood became the Mountaineers’ 12th consecutive opponent to shoot less than 40 percent from the field, knocking down just 23.5 percent (12-of-51). West Virginia won the rebound battle, 49-28, and outscored the Lancers, 40-12, in the paint. WVU converted 24 Longwood turnovers into 29 points. WVU’s 107-point performance was the most since tallying 109 against Delaware State on Dec. 18, 2013.
West Virginia opened the game with four different Mountaineers making three-pointers to put WVU up 16-4 with 6:31 left in the first quarter. The team capped a 16-0 run in the first quarter and led 31-8, marking the 15th time this season WVU has limited its opponents to under double-figure scoring in a quarter.
Chania Ray and Muldrow scored six of WVU’s first nine points to extend the Mountaineer lead to 32 points in the second quarter. WVU closed the half on a 13-5 run to take a 62-22 advantage at halftime. The 62 first half points were the most scored since tallying 63 against Coppin State on Nov. 16, 2015.
WVU outscored Longwood 29-12 in the third quarter to hold a 91-34 advantage after three. The Mountaineer defense limited LU to six fourth quarter points, as West Virginia capped its 25th consecutive annual visit to Charleston with a 107-40 victory. Khalia Hall, Jada Russell and Dayna Rouse each scored eight points to lead the Lancers.
The No. 14-ranked Mountaineers conclude nonconference action against Mount St. Mary’s on Wednesday, Dec. 21. Tipoff is slated for 6:30 p.m. at the WVU Coliseum.
NOTES: West Virginia made an appearance in Charleston for a 25th consecutive year … West Virginia’s 71.4 shooting percentage in the first half was the highest of the season … WVU limited Longwood to eight points in the first quarter and six in the fourth quarter, marking 16 times this season that a WVU opponent was held under double-digit scoring in a period … West Virginia’s 62 first half points were the most scored since tallying 63 versus Coppin State on Nov. 16, 2015 … Katrina Pardee’s 10 assists were a career-high, surpassing her previous best of four against Longwood on Dec. 16, 2015 … WVU improves to 11-0, marking the second-best start in program history … Tynice Martin’s seven assists were a career-high … Longwood became the 12th consecutive opponent to shoot less than 40 percent from the field … Longwood is the sixth opponent this season to shoot less than 30 percent from the field ... WVU's 12 three-point field goals are tied for seventh-most in a single-game.