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No. 22 West Virginia Downs Texas Tech

  • By Russell Luna
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  • January 25, 2017 10:25 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Lanay Montgomery and Teana Muldrow combined for 43 points, as the No. 22-ranked West Virginia University women’s basketball team collected an 89-79 win over Texas Tech on Wednesday evening at the WVU Coliseum.
 
The Mountaineers (16-5, 4-5) opened up to a 22-point lead late in the second quarter, before the Lady Raiders (11-8, 3-5) stormed back nailing five three-pointers and outscoring WVU, 31-19, in the third quarter. Texas Tech cut the game to within seven in the final quarter, but West Virginia outscored TTU, 27-24, in the period to collect their 16th victory of the season.
 
Muldrow matched a season-high with 22 points, grabbed nine rebounds and dished out a career-high seven assists. Montgomery followed with 21 points, nine rebounds and three blocks. Chania Ray reached double-figure scoring with 12 points and six rebounds. Tynice Martin finished with 11 points and five rebounds. Katrina Pardee and Alexis Brewer added nine and eight points, respectively.
 
“First of all, give Texas Tech credit,” coach Mike Carey said. “They very easily could’ve not continued to play, but they played hard. They hit a lot of shots tonight. I thought we played an extremely hard first quarter and then in the second quarter not so much. In the third quarter, I don’t know what it is third quarter. I thought Lanay (Montgomery), Teana (Muldrow) our inside players did very well. I thought Alexis Brewer hits some big shots for us and Katrina (Pardee) did, so you know it was a total team effort. We needed that win bad, so I’m just happy we got the win.”
 
Statistically, the Mountaineers shot 53.2 percent from the field (33-of-62) compared to Texas Tech’s 47.6 percent (30-of-63). The Lady Raiders made 13 three-pointers for 54.2 percent shooting, while WVU made 7-of-14 for 50 percent from behind the arc. The Mountaineers connected on 16-of-19 free throws for 84.2 percent. WVU dished out 20 assists, collected eight steals and blocked five shots.
 
West Virginia came out on fire with a 16-2 run to open the game in the first five minutes. Texas Tech made just 3-of-14 in the quarter, as the Mountaineers maintained a 24-8 lead at the end of the period.
 
Texas Tech used three-pointers from Larryn Brooks and Recce’ Caldwell to trim the deficit to 14 points. WVU stretched its lead to 22 with a Montgomery layup at the 1:45 mark, but WVU held a 43-24 advantage at break.
 
To open the third quarter, the Lady Raiders opened by making seven three-pointers in the first six minutes to trim the deficit to 50-43. TTU would outscore WVU, 31-19, in the third quarter and trim the deficit to five points after a pair of Brooks free throws at the 1:43 mark.
 
Montgomery made a layup early in the fourth quarter and converted on the and-one to extend WVU’s lead back to 10. TTU would trim the game to within seven on three occasions, but WVU responded each time to collect the victory. Ivonne CookTaylor led TTU with 19 points in the contest.
 
No. 22 West Virginia visits No. 12/13 Texas in a 4 p.m. ET/3 p.m. CT tilt on Sunday, Jan. 29, in Austin, Texas. The game will be televised nationally on FS1.
 
NOTES: The Mountaineers lead the series 6-5 against Texas Tech … WVU scored 43 points in the first half against Texas Tech, the most scored during Big 12 play this year, since the last 42 points against Oklahoma (Jan. 8) … Texas Tech set an opponent game-high 13 with most three point field goals made this season … Lanay Montgomery recorded her third career 20-point game with 21 points, which was her second this season … Teana Muldrow scored her fourth 20-point game this season and ninth of her career, tying a season-high 22 points … Muldrow recorded a career-high seven assists … Tynice Martin is 43 points away from reaching the top-10 in points scored by a sophomore … Katrina Pardee tied a season-high with three field goals made (3x) last versus East Carolina (Nov. 23).