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WVU women earn win

Photo courtesy of Dale Sparks WVU’s Blessing Ejiofor pulls downs a rebound in front of Texas Tech’s Khadija Faye Wednesday night in Big 12 action at the Coliseum.

MORGANTOWN –The West Virginia University women’s basketball earned its third Big 12 Conference victory of the season after defeating Texas Tech, 83-78, on Wednesday evening at the WVU Coliseum.

Redshirt senior guard Kysre Gondrezick led the West Virginia scoring attack for the fourth consecutive game by tallying a team-high 19 points. Sophomore forward Esmery Martinez led WVU in rebounding and posted her sixth consecutive double-double, finishing with 18 points and 15 rebounds. Junior guard Jasmine Carson also finished in double figures for the second time in her WVU career, tallying 13 points in nine minutes played.

“(It was a) very sloppy game,” WVU coach Mike Carey said. “Thank goodness for our bench. We scored 30 points off the bench. If we didn’t have that, we would’ve (lost) tonight. We were two steps slow, they were dribble-driving us and getting anything they wanted.

Offensively, we took a bunch of bad shots, wouldn’t reverse the ball. We could’ve kicked it inside all night, but our guards were not patient. They took too many early shots on the shot clock. It wasn’t good. I thought (junior guard) Jasmine Carson came off the bench and did a great job. I thought (redshirt sophomore center) Rochelle Norris came off the bench and played extremely hard. Then she got tired a little bit and started reaching, but I thought she did a good job off the bench too.”

West Virginia shot 32-of-71 (45.1%) and made five 3-pointers. WVU out-rebounded TTU, 44-26.

Texas Tech’s scoring effort was led by Vivian Gray, who tallied a team-high 28 points.

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