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    Looking for back-to-back wins, the West Virginia women’s basketball team will welcome the Kansas Jayhawks to the WVU Coliseum on Wednesday for a Big 12 tilt set for 7 p.m. EST.

    In honor of Valentine’s Day, the Mountaineers are offering a two-for-one special on tickets. They can be purchased at WVUGame.com, by calling 1-800-WVU-GAME or at the Mountaineer Ticket Office located the Gold Gate of the WVU Coliseum. The first 500 fans in attendance will receive a Valentine from a Mountaineer. In addition, fans are encouraged to bring a teddy bear to donate to the local police as part of the postgame Teddy Bear Toss.

    Dan Zangrilli and Ayana Dunning will have the call for the Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG. Fans can listen on Jack-FM 100.9 in the Morgantown/Fairmont area, as well as WVUsports.com, the WVU Gameday app, the TuneIn Radio App and various affiliates across the state. Fans can watch the game free of charge at WVUsports.com.

    “We can still meet our goals,” WVU coach Mike Carey said. “We can get where we need to get. We have five games left, and I think we’ve got to at least win two or three of them. Our goals are still there.”

    The Mountaineers (18-7, 6-7) recently snapped a 3-game losing streak with a 74-60 win at Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas, on Saturday. Junior guard Katrina Pardee hit a trio of 3-pointers on her way to a team-high 19 points and tied her career high with four steals.

    Senior forward Kristina King registered her third double-double of the season with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Her 13 boards tied a career high, previously set at Texas A&M on Dec. 3. She is one of four Mountaineers to record a double-double this season. King (3), fellow senior Teana Muldrow (10), junior Naomi Davenport (5) and senior Chania Ray (2) have combined for 20 double-doubles this season. Muldrow is currently third in the Big 12 with 10, while Davenport is tied for sixth with five.

    Muldrow added 18 more points to her resume against the Lady Raiders for a total of 1,607 in her career.

    She moves into ninth place all-time at WVU and needs 34 more points to move into a tie with Liz Repella (2008-11) for seventh. Muldrow also recently moved into 10th on the WVU senior season leaders list with 187 field goals made.

    West Virginia and Kansas meet for the second time this season and the 14th time overall on Wednesday.

    The Mountaineers own a 9-4 advantage in the series. Additionally, WVU has won six straight and nine of the last 10 games against Kansas. The Mountaineers downed the Jayhawks, 74-54, on Jan. 19 at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas. Davenport had 22 points in the win, making four 3-pointers, and was one of four Mountaineers in double figures, as Muldrow had 19, Pardee had 15 and Ray had 12. Ray registered her second double-double of the year with 10 assists as well, while King led the rebounding effort with 12.

    Kansas enters Wednesday’s contest with an 11-13 overall record and 2-11 mark in Big 12 play. The Jayhawks have lost 10 straight, including a 63-59 heartbreaker in overtime to in-state foe Kansas State. KU averages 63.0 points and 38.7 rebounds per game and is shooting 38.7 percent from the field, 28.9 percent from downtown and 64 percent at the free-throw line. Three players average in double-digit scoring for the Jayhawks. Christalah Lyons leads the way at 14.8 points per game, followed by Kylee Kopatich at 13.3 points per game and Brianna Osorio at 11.5 points per game. Austin Richardson leads the rebounding effort with 5.3 boards per game and has a team-best 20 blocks on the season.

    The Mountaineers remain in Morgantown on Saturday to host Oklahoma in a 3 p.m. EST tip at the WVU Coliseum. The team will celebrate its annual Play4Kay Pink Game with free admission courtesy of game sponsor WVU Medicine

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