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WVU women’s basketball team humbles Hokies, 79-61

Created on:   Sat, Nov 25, 2017   11:18 PM

Last modified:   Sat, Nov 25, 2017   11:18 PM

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MELBOURNE, Fla. — Teana Muldrow recorded her third double-double of the season to lead the No. 11 WVU women’s basketball team to a 79-61 win over Virginia Tech, on Nov. 25.

The Mountaineers’ (6-0) third victory in three days gave them the Island Division title of the Paradise Jam.

The win was WVU’s first over the Hokies since 2004.

Muldrow scored a team-high 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. She averaged 22 points per game in the tourney to earn MVP honors. She also registered five assists and a three blocks on the night.

Chania Ray sunk a season-high five 3-pointers on her way to 17 points. She doled out five assists. She finished 6-of-10 from the field and 5-of-7 from beyond the 3-point arc in joining Muldrow on the all-tournament team.

Naomi Davenport tallied 15 points and eight rebounds to go with three steals. Kristina King finished with 13 points, seven rebounds and a pair of blocks, while Katrina Pardee went 5-for-5 at the free-throw line, scoring
11 points and hauling down six rebounds. She tallied three steals.

WVU tied its season high with nine 3-pointers, shooting 46 percent from the field and 70.6 percent from the free-throw line. The Mountaineers out-rebounded the Hokies, 41-37, and outscored them in the paint, 38-34. WVU limited Tech to 37.1 percent shooting from the field.

Back-to-back treys from Muldrow started things off for the Mountaineers, who used layups from Ray and Davenport to build a seven-point advantage, at 12-5, with 4:36 to play in the first quarter. The Hokies made consecutive layups to cut the deficit to two, but WVU scored eight in the paint to close the first with a
20-14 lead.

The Mountaineers struggled offensively to start the second quarter, as a Muldrow layup was the lone bucket for WVU in the first three minutes, allowing Tech to the slice the lead to two once again, at 22-20, with 6:49 to play. Triples from Ray and Davenport pushed the Mountaineers’ lead to six, at 28-22, before King went off for six in the paint to stretch the advantage to 12, with Ray hitting another trey to make it
41-26 entering the final minute of the first half.

The Hokies picked up a pair at the free-throw line, but WVU held a 41-28 lead at the half.

Tech started the third quarter with a 3-point play, but Ray countered with a trey of her own to keep the WVU lead at 13 early on. A 7-0 Hokie run brought WVU’s advantage down to single digits, at 47-38, with just under eight to play in the third. The Mountaineers once again struck with a 3, as Davenport delivered to push WVU ahead by 12.

Muldrow hit four shots at the foul line before Virginia Tech put up five straight to cut into the WVU lead. Pardee hit two free throws before completing a 3-point play that pushed WVU to a 59-33 cushion with just more than a minute to play in the third. Tech sunk a 3 and added a free-throw, but a Davenport layup gave WVU the 61-47 advantage heading into the fourth.

The Mountaineers scored eight straight to start the final stanza, pushing the lead to 69-47 on a layup by Pardee.

WVU returns to action at 8 p.m. Dec. 3, at No. 19 Texas A&M, as part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge.