WVU Downs High Point for 7-0 Start

  • By Russell Luna
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  • November 27, 2016 07:11 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Four Mountaineers eclipsed double-figures with Tynice Martin’s 21 points leading the way in the No. 19/23-ranked West Virginia University women’s basketball team’s 82-59 victory over High Point on Sunday at the WVU Coliseum.
A high-scoring first quarter saw the Mountaineers hold a slight 28-22 edge. The team built its halftime advantage to 45-31. West Virginia led the entire game and stretched its lead to 25 points in the fourth quarter. WVU improved to 7-0, the program’s best start since the 2010-11 season, and extended its program-record nonconference win streak at the WVU Coliseum to 28. High Point fell to 1-4 on the season.
Martin made 10-of-20 from the field to finish with 21 points, four assists and four steals. The performance was Martin’s third 20-point game of the season and her ninth consecutive game in double-figure scoring.
Lanay Montgomery had a standout performance, registering her second double-double this season and the 11th of her career, with 15 points and 14 rebounds. Montgomery blocked five shots, dished out three assists and snatched two steals in 31 minutes. Teana Muldrow also recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Muldrow and Montgomery became the first duo since Bria Holmes and Montgomery both tallied double-doubles in the win over Marshall last season.
Alexis Brewer matched a season-high with 13 points, while pulling down three rebounds, dishing out two assists and collecting a pair of steals. Chania Ray led the team with eight assists and four steals in 34 minutes of play.
“I thought we looked tired,” coach Mike Carey said after coaching his 500th career game at West Virginia on Sunday. “We didn’t block out, too many turnovers and we didn’t execute. We looked tired coming off that tournament. Still, we have to play hard and be smarter. We didn’t come out with energy, we looked tired.”
Overall, West Virginia made 33-of-66 from the field for 50 percent shooting and held its eighth consecutive opponent to less than 40 percent shooting as High Point shot at a 35.6 percent (21-of-59) clip. From three-point range, WVU connected on 5-of-17 for 29.4 percent compared to HPU’s 5-of-14 for 35.7 percent. The Mountaineers matched a season-high with 20 assists.
Defensively, West Virginia netted a season-high 16 steals and blocked eight shots. The Mountaineers converted 24 High Point turnovers into 27 points. Camryn Brown led the Panthers with 19 points.
West Virginia opened the game to a 9-3 advantage, capitalizing on four early High Point miscues. The Panthers battled back to trim the game to an 11-9 WVU edge after a 6-2 spurt. A Kristina King layup pushed WVU’s lead to 23-10 with 2:11 remaining in the period. HPU closed the period on a 12-5 run to narrow the gap to 28-22. WVU shot a season-high 70.6 percent (12-of-17) from the field in a quarter.
Ray’s three-pointer at 6:30 extended the Mountaineer lead to 14, capping a 9-1 WVU run to open the second quarter. Just a minute later, High Point narrowed the lead to 10 points. However, West Virginia maintained a 14-point cushion with a 45-31 halftime advantage. At halftime, three Mountaineers had reached double figures: Brewer (11), Martin (11), and Montgomery (10). 
Martin and Muldrow combined for 12 of West Virginia’s first 14 points in the third quarter. A jumper by Martin with 5:53 remaining pushed the Mountaineer lead to 23. Katrina Pardee’s jumper gave WVU a 63-43 edge at the end of three. Pardee would finish with nine points.  
WVU scored its first eight points from the free throw line the fourth quarter until a Martin jumper at 5:06. The Mountaineers outpaced HPU 19-16 in the frame to collect their 28th consecutive win at the WVU Coliseum against nonconference teams.
No. 19/23 West Virginia continues its four-game homestand on Wednesday, Nov. 30, in a 6:30 p.m. tilt with Morehead State. All youth in eighth grade or lower, who wear a youth team jersey, will receive free admission.
NOTES: The Mountaineers have now won 28 consecutive games against nonconference opponents in the WVU Coliseum, extending a school record … the win against High Point also stretches the winning streak to eight total games at home … Mike Carey coached his 500th career game at WVU on Sunday … WVU is now 186-46 all-time at home under Carey … Tynice Martin scored 21 points against the Panthers, marking the third time she has scored more than 20 this season and the fifth time in her career … Martin has scored in double-figures in nine straight games and has scored 10 or more points in 15 out of her last 17 … Teana Muldrow scored 12 points, marking her team-leading 33rd career double-figure scoring game … with 13 points, Alexis Brewer tied a season-high … four Mountaineers scored more than 10 points, marking the third time this season that at least four players have scored at least 10 … WVU finished with 20 assists, tying a season-high … with 15 points and 14 rebounds, Senior Lanay Montgomery recorded her 11th career double-double and her second of the season … WVU shot 70.6 percent in the first quarter, which is the highest field goal percentage of any quarter this year … the Mountaineers recorded 16 steals against High Point, the most of the season and the most since they recorded 16 against Fairleigh Dickinson on December 6, 2015 … WVU now has 10 or more steals in five out of seven games this season.