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WVU women pick up first league victory

NORMAN, Okla. — After 13-day hiatus, the West Virginia University women’s basketball team picked up its first Big 12 Conference win of the season, as the Mountaineers defeated Oklahoma, 90-72, on Sunday afternoon, at the Lloyd Noble Center.

West Virginia was led by redshirt senior guard Kysre Gondrezick, who tallied a team-high 26 points and was one of four Mountaineers to finish in double figures. Sophomore guard Kirsten Deans also tallied 20 points in the win, while sophomore forward Esmery Martinez tallied her fourth consecutive double-double, with a career-high 18 points and team-high 11 rebounds. Junior forward Kari Niblack chipped in 13 points as well.

The Mountaineers shot 35-of-64 (54.7%) from the field and sank 10 3-pointers in the win. WVU out-rebounded OU, 34-30, and forced 13 turnovers.

Oklahoma was led by Madi Williams, who finished with an OU single-game record 45 points. Gabby Gregory also finished with 13 points.

West Virginia returns to Morgantown on Saturday as the Mountaineers welcome Texas to the WVU Coliseum. The opening tip time on Big 12 Now on ESPN + will be announced this week.

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