Naomi Davenport scores 16, West Virginia cruises past Kansas State 60-30

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Naomi Davenport notched her fifth double-double of the season as West Virginia cruised past Kansas State 60-30 on Saturday in women’s basketball.

Davenport netted a team-high 16 points and 15 rebounds, adding five assists as well. Tynice Martin just missed a double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds, while Lucky Rudd also finished with 13 points.

Short-handed WVU (15-5, 5-3 Big 12) dominated the rebounding 53-27, shot 40 percent from the field and held K-State to its fewest points since losing to Connecticut in the 2012 NCAA tournament.

“Give the credit to the players,” Mountaineers coach Mike Carey said. “It’s not like we’re really practicing hard right now because we really can’t practice hard right now. They’re staying focused, and they’re coming out and giving everything they have. I’m very proud of them. It takes a lot of heart to do what they’re doing right now.”

Kansas State (13-7, 4-4) shot a dismal 20 percent from the field and finished 0-for-18 from 3-point range.

“You obviously have to look internally to see what your issues are,” K-State coach Jeff Mittie said. “You know, I’ll have to look on film to see how many of the 18 3’s were good looks. I didn’t think they were bad looks, but West Virginia always has a feisty defense.

“They play pretty physical. They do some good things there, and certainly, we couldn’t make anything. We couldn’t even make free throws.”

The Wildcats actually led 9-8 after the first quarter before WVU took control. The Mountaineers pulled away in the third quarter by outscoring K-State 24-10.

K-State didn’t have a single player get double figures.

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