LAWRENCE, Kan. - Lanay Montgomery and Teana Muldrow each recorded a double-double in the No. 24/23-ranked West Virginia University women’s basketball team’s 62-51 victory over Kansas on Wednesday evening at Allen Fieldhouse.
West Virginia (15-4, 3-4) led by 12 points in the second quarter. However, Kansas (6-12, 0-7) fought back with a 13-3 run to open the third quarter and take a 35-34 lead with 4:06 left in the period. A Tynice Martin trey with 48 seconds remaining in the third, gave WVU the 39-37 go-ahead lead. The Jayhawks trimmed the game to three early in the fourth, but the Mountaineers made 12 free throws in the final 45 seconds to secure the win; giving Kansas its 25th consecutive Big 12 loss.
Montgomery etched her eighth double-double this season with 15 points and 13 rebounds, while blocking six shots. Muldrow inked her fourth double-double this season with 12 points and a career-high 15 rebounds, while dishing out out a team-leading six assists. Martin netted a team-high 21 points, including 9-of-12 from the charity stripe.
West Virginia shot 36.8 percent (21-of-57) from the field and held Kansas to 27.6 percent shooting (16-of-58). The Jayhawks were the 14th WVU opponent to shoot less than 40 percent from the field this season. The Mountaineers won the rebound battle, 52-32, and outscored the Jayhawks, 28-20, inside the paint. WVU outscored KU, 18-6, in second-chance point opportunities. Kansas forced 25 Mountaineer turnovers, but only converted 13 into points.
“Give Kansas a lot of credit. They played hard,” coach Mike Carey said. “It wasn’t a pretty game, a lot of turnovers. I don’t understand it, but give them credit. I thought in the fourth quarter Lanay Montgomery and Teana Muldrow did a good job on the boards. That really helped us get some easy ones and then we hit some foul shots down the stretch.”
Montgomery and Martin combined for West Virginia’s first 10 points to open the game in the first five minutes. WVU added 10 more points to finish the period and led 20-10 at the end of one.
Kansas opened the second quarter on a 7-2 run. KU’s Jessica Washington hit a three-pointer and made two free throws to trim the deficit to 28-24. Chania Ray drained a trey as time expired in the half, putting the Mountaineers up 31-24. WVU shot 44.8 percent (13-of-29) from the field and held KU to 30.0 percent shooting (9-of-30).
In the third quarter, the Jayhawks started a 13-3 run and took a 35-34 lead with a McKenzie Calvert 3-pointer with four minutes remaining. However, Martin responded with a trey with 39 seconds left to give WVU a 39-37 edge at the end of three.
Muldrow’s back-to-back layups stretched the Mountaineer lead to 47-40 with 6:10 remaining in the contest. The Mountaineers connected on 12 free throws down the stretch to secure their third Big 12 win this season. Washington finished with a game-high 24 points for the Jayhawks.
No. 24/23 WVU visits No. 2 Baylor on Saturday, Jan. 21. The game is slated for a 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT tipoff in Waco, Texas, and is televised on ROOT SPORTS Pittsburgh/FOX Sports Net.
NOTES: West Virginia is 15-1 this season when outrebounding its opponent … the Mountaineers are 7-4 all-time against Kansas in the series … Tynice Martin’s 21 points led WVU … the Mountaineers are 8-0 all-time when Martin scores 20 or more points … Montgomery registered her eighth double-double this season, while Muldrow netted her fourth … with Kansas shooting 27.6 percent from the field, the Jayhawks became the 14th Mountaineer opponent this season to shoot less than 40 percent from the field in a contest ... Since Feb. 1, 2015, West Virginia is 6-0 in its next game after losing back-to-back games.