WVU basketball: Women rally to dominate Texas Tech

The WVU women’s basketball team had a great game on Wednesday, perhaps one of its best of the season.

The Mountaineers showed exactly why they should still be considered a national contender with an 82-52 win against Texas Tech at the WVU Coliseum. A 30-point win is exactly what this team needed to fuel itself for a run, here, in the second half of the season.

The win was fueled by an offensive explosion. Katrina Pardee knocked down six 3-pointers and finished with 23 points to lead the WVU basketball team. West Virginia got up early on the Red Raiders and by the end of the first quarter it was a 24-10 advantage by the home team. The Mountaineers never looked back after that.

West Virginia also had strong contributions from its regular scorers as Chania Ray and Teana Muldrow both added 18 points. Naomi Davenport chipped in with 14 points. The Mountaineers and red Raiders both scored 32 points in the paint but the real telling statistic in this one was the points off turnovers.

Texas Tech scored four points off turnovers, while the Mountaineers scored 38 points off turnovers. Mike Carey was certainly pleased with the defensive effort and it’s safe to say even men’s head coach Bob Huggins would be applauding the women who picked up the intensity on the court.

Ray and Muldrow each had four steals and the team forced 30 turnovers while the Mountaineers only had 11 turnovers. Texas Tech actually shot better than 50 percent on field goals, but it only attempted 38 shots. West Virginia shot more than 60 times and put together a 54 percent mark from behind-the-arc.

With the win, the WVU basketball team is now 17-4. The Mountaineers have most certainly locked up a spot in the NCAA Tournament, but with nine games left, it would be best to finish out with more wins than losses.

West Virginia has a tough road ahead with Baylor coming up on Sunday at home. The WVU basketball team also has to play Oklahoma twice.