The WVU women’s basketball team is making a run and all other teams in its way better watch out. The Mountaineers are storming through the WNIT.
The WVU basketball team earned a commanding 79-51 win against St. Joseph’s in the second round on Sunday at the WVU Coliseum. The first two games have been at home and the women will host a third on Thursday against James Madison.
Against St. Joseph’s the Mountaineers were led by Naomi Davenport who scored 18 points. Kristina King contributed with 15 points. The Mountaineers were also treated to a double-double performance by Teana Muldrow as she scored 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
The WVU basketball team outrebounded St. Joseph’s 32-24 with every player on the roster grabbing at least one rebound to help the cause. West Virginia scored 34 points in the paint and recorded 12 second chance scores. The biggest telling point in this game was the 32 points scored off St. Joseph’s turnovers. The Mountaineers forced 22 total turnovers.
For St. Joseph’s, Chelsea Woods led with 15 points and Alyssa Monaghan added 11. The team received all its scoring from five players. Amanda Fioravnti and Adashia Franklyn both added eight points.
West Virginia performed well on both ends of the floor in this one. The Mountaineers shot 52 percent in the second half to help pull away. After a fairly even third quarter with both teams scoring 18 points, West Virginia dominated the fourth quarter by outscoring St. Joseph’s 24-11.
The WVU basketball team appears to be the most dominant team in the WNIT on either side of the bracket. Even though much of this season was a struggle for the Mountaineers, it definitely proves that the Big 12 is the toughest women’s basketball league in the country. This all prepared the WVU women for a strong run in the WNIT.
James Madison made it to this point by beating East Tennessee State and Radford. JMU went 23-10 overall and only lost two games in conference play.