The season continues for the WVU women’s basketball team. The Mountaineers beat Bucknell in the first round of the NIT.
The WVU basketball team was afforded the luxury of playing at home and used the familiarity to its advantage in an 83-50 win against Bucknell.
Leading the WVU basketball team, like always, was senior standout Teana Muldrow. She scored 20 points in 28 minutes of play. Muldrow had eight rebounds of the team’s 35 boards. Each player on the WVU basketball team had at least one rebound, even though Bucknell had a total of 36.
West Virginia also received strong contributions from two other seniors, Kristina King and Chania. King scored 13 points and Ray added 12. This group seems to be playing its best right now after a disappointing conference schedule.
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The Big 12 slate definitely prepared the WVU basketball team for the postseason. The Mountaineers are loaded, despite its depth issues. West Virginia appears to be better than any other team in the tournament and this first win helped to prove that as a fact.
There are plenty more ways to improve, as head coach Mike Carey would attest to. But the Mountaineers can hold their head high after playing a great first game. The WVU basketball team shot 50 percent from the field overall and quickly had a double-digit lead in the first quarter. Bucknell, meanwhile, fell behind because of making just 1 of 11 on 3-point attempts. The team shot 22 percent from behind-the-arc in the game after sinking only four in the second half.
For Bucknell, Kaitlyn Slagus had 15 points and Kate Walker added 11. West Virginia forced 23 turnovers which also showed the tenacity of the home team. Another bit of good news is that the Mountaineers will get to stay home for a second game in the postseason.
On Sunday, the WVU basketball team hosts Saint Joseph. SJU is coming off a big win against Seton Hall. SJU had a record of 19-14, but garnered 10 wins in the Atlantic 10.