STILLWATER, Okla. — Naomi Davenport and Tynice Martin were more than enough for the West Virginia women’s basketball team Wednesday.
Davenport scored 24 points on 10 of 15 shooting and added seven rebounds, while Martin connected on four 3-pointers and scored 22 to lead the Mountaineers past Oklahoma State, 77-54, in front of 1,683 fans at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
The victory puts the Mountaineers (19-6, 10-4 Big 12) into a three-way tie for second place in the conference standings, along with No. 20 Iowa State (20-6, 10-4) and No. 19 Texas (20-6, 10-4).
Baylor leads the Big 12 with a perfect 14-0 conference record.
The Mountaineers had nine 3-pointers as a team and shot 52.7 percent (29 of 55) from the field.
Freshman Kari Niblack led West Virginia with 12 rebounds.
The Mountaineers took control early, running out to a 40-25 halftime lead.
A 3-pointer from sophomore guard Nia Staples made it a 21-point lead, 54-33, midway through the third quarter.
West Virginia’s largest lead was 27 points, coming with 2:49 remaining in the game.
Oklahoma State (13-12, 4-10) was held to just 32 percent (20 of 62) shooting.
Vivian Gray had a team-high 23 points for Oklahoma State.
Martin’s 22 points moved her up to 16th on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,436 points. The 2017 Big 12 tournament MVP needs 49 more to move past former standout Georgeann Wells for 15th on the list.
Freshman guard Madisen Smith had 11 points, her fourth game in double figures this season, and went 4 of 9 from the field, including 3 of 5 from 3-point range.
West Virginia returns home to host Oklahoma at 4 p.m. Saturday, as part of “I Belong” Day at the WVU Coliseum.