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OSU pins loss on WVU, seniors

Created on:   Sat, Feb 24, 2018   9:07 PM

Last modified:   Sat, Feb 24, 2018   9:07 PM

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MORGANTOWN — Despite a stellar effort from seniors Teana Muldrow and Chania Ray, the WVU women’s basketball team dropped a 79-69 decision on Feb. 24 against No. 25 Oklahoma State, in front of 4,058 fans inside the WVU Coliseum.

In what may be the final home game for Muldrow, Ray and Kristina King, the Mountaineers (20-9, 8-9 Big 12) were outscored, 47-32, in the second half.

Senior forward Teana Muldrow shot 50 percent from the field, scoring nine points in the fourth quarter and 23 for the game before fouling out. She also added six rebounds and a pair of steals.

Chania Ray scored 14 points of her 16 points in the first half and added three 3-pointers 16 on the day with three 3-pointers and three steals.

Ray also added two assists, which moved her into the top 10 all-time at WVU.

Junior guards Katrina Pardee and Naomi Davenport also finished in double figures with 14 and 10 points. Freshman guard Ashley Jones added three assists, while King had a team-high seven rebounds.

WVU shot 40.3 percent from the field and 61.5 percent from 3-point range. The Mountaineers were outrebounded by the Cowgirls, 40-31, as OSU (19-9, 14-3) used that advantage to score 15 second-chance points. Both teams put up 30 points in the paint.

Threes from Davenport helped WVU to a 10-6 lead midway through the first quarter. Davenport collected a steal and converted the layup down the other end to stretch the Mountaineer lead to seven, 16-9, with 90 seconds to play. Theresa Ekhelar added two more points in the paint before Ashley Jones hit a jumper in the closing seconds for a 20-11 WVU advantage at the end of the first.

Muldrow opened the scoring with a jumper in the second, then grabbed the steal before Pardee pushed the lead into double-digits with a fast-break layup at 26-16. Ray was fouled as made a three, and her 4-point play put WVU ahead by 13 at 33-20 with 5:37 to go in the second. Another trey from Ray made it a 14-point lead at 36-22. However, a 10-1 run by the Cowgirls to close the half cut WVU’s lead to just five at 37-32 at the end of the second.

After an OSU triple opened the scoring in the third, Muldrow got the Mountaineers on the board with a 3-point play to put the lead back at five. OSU’s Loryn Goodwin hit the free-throw line, then added back-to-back layups with Pardee 3-pointer in between to tie the game 43-43 with 7:14 to go in the frame. Goodwin’s second layup started an 8-0 run by the Cowgirls as they took a 49-43 lead before Muldrow hit a jumper to end the run. Pardee hit the free-throw line for a pair, but a late OSU triple had WVU trailing, 56-48 heading into the fourth.

Davenport had the steal and the fast-break layup to start the fourth, then hit the free-throw line for a pair. Back-to-back buckets from Muldrow cut the WVU deficit to six, 62-56, with 5:40 to go. After an OSU free throw, Muldrow drained a 3-pointer to cut the lead to four and added another layup off a pass from Ray to make it a two-point game with WVU trailing 63-61. Pardee hit a three as well, but the Cowgirls countered with a trio of triples for a 12-point advantage with one minute remaining. Pardee picked up two points at the free-throw line, but the Mountaineers would take the loss, 79-69.

WVU wraps up its regular season, at 3 p.m. Monday, when the Mountaineers travel to third-ranked Baylor.