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WVU women cruise

CANCUN, Mexico — The No. 23 West Virginia University women’s basketball team (5-1, 0-0 Big 12) earned a bounce-back victory on Friday afternoon, as the Mountaineers defeated New Mexico, 73-60, at the Cancun Challenge, at the Hard Rock Resort Riviera Maya in Cancun.

Redshirt junior guard Kysre Gondrezick led the Mountaineers in scoring, with 17 points, and posted her sixth consecutive double-figure scoring performance of the season. Freshman forward Esmery Martinez (15 points) and redshirt freshman center Rochelle Norris (10 points) also finished in double figures for WVU. Martinez also led the team with nine rebounds, while Gondrezick and sophomore guard Madisen Smith tied for the team lead in assists, with three. Martinez also led the Mountaineers with three steals.

A pair of buckets by freshman guard Kirsten Deans and Norris helped WVU stretch its lead to 14, at 41-27, at the half.

New Mexico scored eight points to start the second half, but a layup by Norris and a Gondrezick jumper kept WVU in the lead by 10 three minutes into the third quarter. A fast-break layup by Deans and a 3-pointer from McElroy ignited the Mountaineer offense heading into the media timeout, as WVU lead by 13 with five minutes to play in the third.

Norris scored a layup to get into double figures and Gondrezick added her third three-pointer of the game to finish the third quarter. The Mountaineers held a 14-point lead heading into the final quarter of play.

WVU next competes on Sunday, Dec. 8, as the Mountaineers travel to Starkville, Mississippi, to take on the No. 10/8 Mississippi State at 2 p.m. at Humphrey Coliseum.