The WVU women’s basketball team has been without its best player this season. Tynice Martin will miss the remainder of the 2018 year.
Last season, Martin was named the Big 12 Most Outstanding Player and led the WVU basketball team in scoring. She brought a unique blend of height and athleticism to the floor and was the type of player that teams love to build around.
Her absence, due to a foot injury, has caused some holes in this year’s WVU basketball team. However, the Mountaineers have been able to deal with this blow and have made the most of being shorthanded. Under head coach Mike Carey, the women made it into the top 10.
And though the Mountaineers have regressed a little bit in recent weeks, they are still built for a deep run in the Big 12 and NCAA Tournaments. The size of the Mountaineers is lacking a bit without Martin but they still usually outrebound their opponents. In Martin’s place, Teana Muldrow has been the go-to source of scoring inside. Muldrow averages 20.7 points per game.
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Even without Martin, other players like Naomi Davenport and Chania Ray have become leaders and hard workers who make the offense run efficiently. Davenport is averaging 16.6 points per game and Ray puts in 10.8 while leading the team in assists.
The good news through all this is that Martin will receive a medical redshirt for missing the season, according to the Charleston Gazette-Mail. She will have two years of eligibility remaining. The WVU basketball team will lose Muldrow, Ray and Kristina King to graduation, but they will still be locked and loaded for the 2019 season and beyond.
With Carey cemented as the legendary head coach, this program will continue to grow. Next season, look for Martin and 6-foot-4 redshirt freshman Krystaline McCune to be a twin towers, of sorts. Not many women work as hard as Katrina Pardee and she will be a top outside shooter in the conference in no time.
Just like the men’s team, there is a lot to be excited for with this squad at the present and in the near future. The women’s basketball team is continually developing a nice, supportive fanbase and there will still be a lot to cheer for in the upcoming years.