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Muldrow scores 27 as WVU pounds Hornets

Created on:   Wed, Nov 15, 2017   12:12 AM

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MORGANTOWN — WVU players, meet Teana Muldrow.

As crazy as it seems — Muldrow is the WVU women’s basketball team’s leading scorer — that was the strategy used by head coach Mike Carey during the 12th-ranked Mountaineers’ 101-47 victory against Sacramento State on Nov. 14, in front of 1,211 fans in the WVU Coliseum.

“During a timeout, I introduced everyone to Teana,” Carey said. “Evidently, they didn’t know her. They didn’t think she could play, so I held introductions.”

After attempting just two shots in the first quarter, Muldrow finished 10 of 13 from the floor and scored 27 points and added 12 rebounds.

It’s the second consecutive double-double for Muldrow to start the season and follows her 30-point game in the season opener.

“When he says things like that, I don’t let it get to my head. I know what kind of player I am,” Muldrow said. “I know what I bring to this team. When my teammates aren’t looking for me, I’ll try to tell them to get me the ball, because opponents are going to flock to me. That’s going to open up shots for [her teammates]. That’s what I try to put in their head.”

For a second straight game, the Mountaineers (2-0) surpassed 100 points and WVU came away with a dominating 55-38 edge on the glass.

Junior forward Naomi Davenport also added her second double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds, Katrina Pardee chipped in 15 points and five assists and Kristina King added 11 points and six rebounds.

Still, Carey has issues with his team. It’s starts with the lack of a bench.

“When we went to the bench, we didn’t execute,” Carey said. “It didn’t surprise me some of them didn’t play well, because they didn’t practice well the last two days.

“I’ve got to find a bench. We held them to four points in the first quarter. Then we get two girls with two fouls and we go to our bench and they score 17 in the second, which is the most they had the whole game.”

WVU shot 39 of 73 (53.4 percent) from the field, but was just 5 of 21 from 3-point range.

Senior point guard Chania Ray added eight points, nine boards and seven assists.

“When I get a lot of assists, it keeps me going,” said Ray, who led the Big 12 is assists last season. “I’d rather get assists than shoot the ball or score a lot of points.”

The last WVU player to score 30 or more points in consecutive games was Meg Bulger, in 2005.

Muldrow challenged the mark. She scored nine points in both the second and fourth quarters and had 27 after making two free throws with 3:14 remaining, but Carey substituted for her.

Guess the introductions worked.

“From that point on, they started getting her the ball a little bit more,” Carey said. “They got to know her a little bit. Introductions can do a lot of stuff for you.”

WVU hosts North Florida, at 5 p.m. Nov. 19, before traveling to Melbourne, Fla., to play Butler in the first round of the Paradise Jam, on Nov. 23.