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Davenport, Pardee lead WVU women past OSU

Created on:   Sat, Mar 3, 2018   11:50 PM

Last modified:   Sat, Mar 3, 2018   11:49 PM

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OKLAHOMA CITY — The WVU women’s basketball team is at it again.

When it looks like the shorthanded Mountaineers have no reason to believe they can win, they find a way to do just that.

The sixth-seeded Mountaineers beat Oklahoma State, 69-60, on March 3, in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 women’s tournament, at the Chesapeake Arena.

The win advances them to face No. 2 seed Texas, at 5:30 p.m. today.

WVU (21-10) began the game exactly where they left off in the 2017 championship game.

Led by Katrina Pardee and Naomi Davenport, the Mountaineers jumped out on the Cowgirls and grabbed a 20-11 lead after one quarter of action.

Oklahoma State (20-10) suffered a big blow in the second quarter when they lost guard Braxtin Miller to a right leg injury.

The freshman had to be carried off the floor and didn’t return the rest of the half.

In Miller, the Cowgirls lost their third-leading scorer and best defender.

However, the Mountaineers had no answer to OSU’s Kaylee Jensen.

The senior center fought through WVU double teams to rack up 16 points on 7 of 8 shooting in the first half.

Yet, WVU took a 42-30 lead into halftime. It could have been considerably more if not for 10 turnovers. That included five from Kristina King.

Midway through the third quarter, Oklahoma State drained back-to-back 3-pointers to close the deficit to seven points.

The Mountaineers turned to Davenport and Pardee again to stop OSU’s momentum. The duo scored eight of the teams next 10 points to close out the quarter and give WVU a 59-46 lead.

Despite her knee being heavily taped, Miller returned to the game for OSU. However, she was running with a noticeable limp.

WVU kept on attacking on both ends of the court. They turned missed shots and deflections on defense into fastbreak points on the offensive end, as it pushed the advantage to 17.

The Mountaineers then went cold from the field and the Cowgirls scored eight straight to close deficit to nine points with two minutes remaining.

WVU finally scored when King putback a missed Davenport shot. The teams exchanged turnovers Teana Muldrow picked up a steal and scored on a fastbreak to put the game away.

Davenport paced the Mountaineers with 21 points and nine rebounds. Pardee added 15 points on 5 of 12 shooting. Muldrow chipped in with 10 points and five rebounds.