MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Junior forward Teana Muldrow
led the No. 17/16-ranked West Virginia University women’s basketball team with 16 points, as the Mountaineers fell, 91-56, to No. 2/2 Baylor on Wednesday at the WVU Coliseum.
The game remained near-even with an 8-7 BU lead for the first four minutes, but a 10-0 Baylor run later in the quarter stretched the Lady Bear advantage. West Virginia (13-2, 1-2) trimmed the contest to 21 points in the third quarter, but Baylor (14-1, 3-0) maintained the lead to collect its 12th consecutive win.
Muldrow made 6-of-11 from the field and paced WVU with 16 points and led the team with seven rebounds. Lanay Montgomery
eclipsed double-digits with 11 points, while grabbing four rebounds and blocking four shots. Tynice Martin
tallied 11 points for her 17th consecutive double-figures scoring contest. Junior Chania Ray
finished with nine points, a game-high eight assists and six rebounds.
“Give Baylor credit. They’re the real deal. I watched a lot of games on TV of other conferences and I think they have as much talent as anybody in the country, if not more, so give them a lot of credit they keep throwing players at you,” said coach Mike Carey. “I thought Lanay Montgomery
went at their post. I was happy to see that. I thought Chania Ray
competed and I thought at times Teana (Muldrow) competed.”
Offensively, West Virginia was limited to 31.1 percent shooting (19-of-61) from the field and 38.5 percent (5-of-13) from behind the arc. Baylor shot at a 44.2 percent clip (34-of-77) from the field and 41.7 percent (5-of-12) from three-point range. BU won the rebound battle, 60-30, and outscored WVU, 46-26, inside the paint.
Ray’s jumper with 5:49 left in the first quarter trimmed the Baylor lead to 8-7. However, the Lady Bears answered with 10 consecutive points to take an 18-7 lead. WVU finished the period with a 7-2 run of its own, trailing 20-14 at the end of one quarter.
In the second quarter, Baylor jumped out to a 10-1 run before Muldrow’s layup ended the drought at the 4:11 mark. The Lady Bears held a 42-27 halftime lead.
BU opened the second half on a 13-3 run. WVU’s Muldrow scored nine consecutive points, including two free throws to trim the deficit to 21 points. However, Baylor capped the quarter with an eight-point spurt to hold a 72-43 advantage. WVU held BU to its lowest point total of the game, 19, in the fourth quarter. Kalani Brown led the Lady Bears with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
No. 17/16 West Virginia remains at home on Sunday, Jan. 8, with a 4 p.m. matchup against No. 20/24 Oklahoma. Sunday is Family Day. Fans can purchase four tickets and a $15 concession voucher for $25. Tickets can be purchased online at WVUGAME.com
or by calling 1-800-WVU GAME.
NOTES: The 91-56 loss to the Lady Bears marks the first time that WVU has lost a game in the WVU Coliseum since falling to Baylor on January 30, 2016, snapping a 14-game home win streak … Teana Muldrow
scored her seventh straight double-digit game … Muldrow netted her 100th career three-pointer in the third quarter … Muldrow ranks No. 14 on the career three-point field goal list with 101 … with a team-leading four blocked shots against Baylor, Lanay Montgomery
has now blocked a shot in 50 of the last 53 games, including 10 straight … Montgomery extended her streak of at least one rebound in a game to 89 with a four rebound performance … Tynice Martin
scored 11 points, marking the 17th straight game that she has scored double figures … at least three Mountaineers scored in double-digits for the 12th time this season … after dishing out a game-high eight assists against Baylor, Chania Ray
has now had multiple assists in 17 straight games … Baylor scored 91 points on the Mountaineers, the most that WVU has allowed since giving up 96 to Ohio State on December 22, 2014 … the Mountaineers allowed Baylor to get 60 rebounds, the most since surrendering 62 to Marshall on February 16, 1998.