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WVU women best Butler at Paradise Jam tourney

Created on:   Thu, Nov 23, 2017   10:44 PM

Last modified:   Thu, Nov 23, 2017   10:44 PM

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MELBOURNE, Fla. — Teana Muldrow had 18 points, seven rebounds and four assists, Naomi Davenport added 16 points and 15 boards, and No. 11 WVU beat Butler, 75-68, on Nov. 23, in the relocated Paradise Jam.

WVU scored the opening 10 points of the game and held Butler to seven points in the quarter. Davenport had a double-double in the first half with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Butler rallied in the second half to take a 66-65 lead with 2:17 remaining in the game, but back-to-back 3-pointers by Muldrow and Chania Ray gave the Mountaineers a five-point lead. Muldrow sealed it by making four straight free throws.

Ray scored 16 points and had eight assists for WVU (4-0). Kristina King and Katrina Pardee each added 10 points as all five starters finished in double figures.

WVU will play Drexel today and Virginia Tech on Saturday in the Island Division. The tournament was moved from St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands due to damage from Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Whitney Jennings made five 3-pointers and scored 24 points for Butler (3-2), which lost to No. 17 South Florida, 71-55, Monday. Kristen Spolyar added 17 points and three 3-pointers as the Bulldogs were 9 of 17 from distance. Tori Schickel, who entered averaging 19 points per game with Jennings, had 12 points on 3-of-11 shooting and nine rebounds.

NOTES

At least one Mountaineer has had a double-double each game this season. … Davenport recorded her third double-double of the season. … Thursday marked the program’s first-ever win over Butler. … WVU moved to 128-100 all-time in neutral-site contests. … Muldrow led the team in scoring for the fourth time this season and the 19th time in her career. It was her 61st career game scoring in double figures. It was Muldrow’s 50th consecutive game with a made field goal and her 77th game with a rebound. … Ray made a field goal for the 33rd straight game and picked up a rebound for the 40th straight contest.