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Carey: Score more points than O.U.

Created on:   Fri, Feb 16, 2018   11:42 PM

Last modified:   Fri, Feb 16, 2018   11:42 PM

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MORGANTOWN — Prior to the first meeting between the WVU women’s basketball team and Oklahoma, in Norman, Mountaineers head coach Mike Carey said that his team needed to defend the perimeter against the Sooners’ four-guard lineup.

After a 76-57 loss, on Feb. 3, it was apparent that WVU did not have a game plan to slow O.U.’s guard play, nor figure out what to do offensively when things weren’t clicking.

Sooners guard Ana Llanusa shot over 50 percent from beyond the arc and finished with a game-high 27 points. Their center, Vionise Pierre-Louis, took advantage of WVU’s second half adjustments, allowing O.U. to get into the lane with dribble penetration and dishing it off to its big. She finished with 13 points and six rebounds.

“We have to score more points than they do,” head coach Mike Carey said Friday. “Last time, they scored more than we did. We gotta defend better, but we’ll see. We just have to play better than we did last time.”

Carey, clearly frustrated with his team’s previous performance against the Sooners, knows the importance of today’s game, which will tip at 3 p.m., at the WVU Coliseum. Sitting at 19-7 (7-7 Big 12), the Mountaineers need more wins to make that NCAA tournament bubble feel a little stronger.

Riding a two-game winning streak, a win over a respectable O.U. (13-12, 8-6) squad will go a long way to feeling more comfortable.

“We’ve been saying that to them for about two weeks,” Carey said. “I think we still need to win two more games and we have four games left.”

After today’s game, WVU will travel to Kansas State, followed by a home game against Oklahoma State and end on the road at Baylor.

The first step is getting past O.U., and it will need a better performance from forward Teana Muldrow than the Mountaineers had the first time around. She finished with just five points while averaging a team-best 19.5 per game.

“They double-teamed her,” Carey said. “Actually, two things happened, Teana didn’t move without the ball or work to get open, and then when she did get the ball, they double-teamed her. She has to be more active and get on the offensive boards more.”

But if Muldrow is double-teamed, others need to step up and knock down shots. Carey mentioned Kristina King has someone who needs to figure out a way to make shots.

Point guard Chania Ray is nursing a sprained MCL, but played Wednesday, against Kansas, though forced to wear a knee brace. She practiced Friday and try to give it a go today.

“We did a walk-through [Thursday] and she went through that,” Carey said. “I’ll practice her and see if we can get her ready.”

Today’s game is WVU’s annual “Play4 Kay” game to raise breast cancer awareness. The Mountaineers will wear pink accents on their uniform, as well as pink shoes, socks and headbands.