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WVU women’s basketball team testing Carey’s patience

Created on:   Sat, Nov 18, 2017   11:20 PM

Last modified:   Sat, Nov 18, 2017   11:20 PM

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MORGANTOWN — In need of some bench players, healthy players and some defense, WVU women’s basketball coach Mike Carey sounds like a coach quickly running out of patience.

“It’s hard,” he said. “I tried to do it the other night (in a 101-47 victory against Sacramento State) and I just had to sit down.

“I said in the early going that patience was going to be very important. I’ve got to be honest, the last
10 minutes of that game the other night, I didn’t have a lot of patience.”

The good news: The 12th-ranked Mountaineers (2-0) can score.

Like, historically score.

Missing maybe their top player in Tynice Martin (foot injury), her primary backup in Anja Martin (hip injury) and counting two freshmen and a first-year junior-college recruit among their key players, the Mountaineers are still putting up offensive numbers like never before.

“We can score,” Carey said. “Now, can we score against great competition? That remains to be seen. I know some of them can, because they’ve done it in the past.”

WVU, which hosts North Florida (2-1), at 5 p.m. Nov. 19, averages 101.5 points per game and broke the 100-point mark in each of its first two games.

It’s the first time in school history a WVU women’s team scored at least 100 points in two straight games.

North Florida already surrendered the century mark in its loss. Florida State beat the Ospreys, 109-51, in the first game of the season.

Senior forward Teana Muldrow has been the Mountaineers’ go-to player. Her 28.5 points per game is third in the nation.

Carey’s main concern, though, is the 6-foot-1 Muldrow has done the bulk of her scoring on the inside.

Against better teams, Muldrow and the Mountaineers will be undersized.

“Our guards can score,” Carey said. “Teana, we can move her outside, so I’m not too worried about that. I just don’t know if our [centers] can score, yet. I don’t know if we can defend against size, yet. Those are our biggest concerns right now.”

Junior-college transfer Naomi Davenport has been a boost to the offense in Martin’s absence, averaging 19.5 points and 10.5 rebounds.

“She’s giving us a little more than we expected,” WVU point guard Chania Ray said of Davenport. “That’s great for our team and we have faith that she can keep it going. I hope she keeps playing hard.”

Katrina Pardee and Kristina King combine for nearly 27 points per game.

After the Nov. 19 game, the Mountaineers will travel to Melbourne, Fla., to play in the Paradise Jam, where WVU is expected to face some good tests.

WVU will play Butler, Drexel and Virginia Tech in consecutive days.

“For us to play back-to-back-to-back with not a lot of players is not good this early in the season,” Carey said. “We’ll go see what happens, but I just hope we still have some players for that third game.”