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King may return in time to play Iowa State

Created on:   Sat, Jan 6, 2018   11:28 PM

Last modified:   Sat, Jan 6, 2018   11:28 PM

The Dominion Post

MORGANTOWN — Just when the WVU women’s basketball team was set to face one of the top scorers in the Big 12, the Mountaineers may be getting back one of their own.

The 12th-ranked Mountaineers (13-2, 1-2 Big 12), who have lost two straight, practiced Jan. 5 and Jan. 6 with senior forward Kristina King, who missed the last five games with a severe right foot injury.

Before the injury, on Dec. 16, King was one of the Mountaineers’ top players who could scoring in transition and rebound.

She averages 11.9 points and 7.2 rebounds per game.

“We’re going to let her go a little bit [in practice] and we’ll see about the pain,” WVU head coach Mike Carey said. Jan. 6 “will be a big sign of where she’s at. We’ll see if she’s having a lot of soreness and all of that.”

Carey said King’s status for the Jan. 7 2 p.m. game, against Iowa State (7-7, 1-2), at the WVU Coliseum, would be determined at game time. The Mountaineers are 3-2 without her in the lineup.

“With the way our luck is going, she’ll probably be in a cast on Saturday,” Carey said.

More importantly, King’s 6-foot-3 athletic frame is another big body WVU could have available for its rotation.

In Big 12 play, WVU has been out-rebounded, 90-73, while the bulk of the Mountaineers’ boards have come from just four players — Teana Muldrow, Kristina Pardee, Naomi Davenport and Chania Ray.

King’s return could also be a much-needed boost to help defend Iowa State guard Bridget Carleton, who has played a major role in leading the Cyclones to two consecutive wins against WVU.

The 6-foot-1 guard from Ontario, Canada, connected on 4 of 9 from 3-point range and scored 31 points during an 80-55 victory at the WVU Coliseum last season.

She added four more 3s and scored 16 points in Iowa State’s 68-53 win at Hilton Coliseum.

Carleton is fourth in the Big 12 in scoring this season, averaging 18.9 points per game.

“It’s the same old Iowa State” Carey said. “They’re going to play a soft man-to-man and also play some zone. They may play some triangle-and-two or a box-and-one.

“They shoot a lot of 3s. They’re another team that won’t beat themselves. We’ll have to beat them. They’re not going to turn it over a lot, and they’ll be fundamentally sound.”

In looking for its second conference win of the season, WVU will need a better shooting performance. In Wednesday’s 60-52 loss, against Kansas State, WVU fired a season-low 30 percent from the field and was outscored, 18-8, in the fourth quarter.

After watching the film, Carey said WVU still took the right shots, but the Mountaineers just couldn’t make them.

“As poor as the shooting was, we maybe only took two or three bad shots,” Carey said. “They have the green light to take them. Normally, they hit a lot of those, but they just didn’t make them.”

Muldrow, Davenport, Ray and Pardee are all playing at least 30 minutes per game, but Carey said he was not looking at fatigue as a crutch for poor shooting.

“I don’t like giving people an excuse,” Carey said. “I’m going to shoot bad, because I’m tired. Maybe you need to play a little bit harder and fundamentally get your shot on line and go straight up and straight down and follow through.

“That may be an idea of why some of those didn’t go in.”


The Jan. 7 game will be Wellness Day, as well as Family Day.

Fans can attend a free pregame yoga class on the court and will receive free admission to the game with a yoga mat.

As part of Family Day, fans can purchase four tickets and a $15 concession voucher for $25.

General admission tickets are available for $5 or at a cost of $3 for youths/seniors and groups of $10 or more.

Tickets can be purchased at, by calling 1-800-988-4263 or at the Mountaineer ticket office at the Gold Gate of the Coliseum.