WVU Women Slog To Win Over Radford
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia’s women’s basketball team moved to a perfect 10-0 on the season with a 75-55 win over Radford. The victory was just that, and not much else, as the Mountaineers committed 17 turnovers and struggled to cover Highlander shots from the perimeter. WVU was able to ride its height and interior skill advantage to good effect, as it shot 50% from the field overall and made 25 of its 45 attempts insice the line.
Forward Naomi Davenport led all scorers with 20 points, while teammate Teana Muldrow added 13. That duo combined for a 14-26 performance from the field, in addition to 19 rebounds — 13 by Muldrow. The boards were part of a 45-25 advantage for the Mountaineers.
Still, WVU head coach Mike Carey was less than thrilled with his team’s play.
“We didn’t play with any energy,” Carey said of his team, which did get out to an early double digit lead but then plateaued for much of the contest. “I told them thank Chania Ray. She was the only one who played with any energy.”
Ray had a typically full box score of which her nine points were only a small part. She had eight assists and seven rebounds to go along with three steals.
“She does so much that people don’t notice,” Carey said.
In addition to the middling effort, Carey was also depressed by yet another injury. Kristina King, who started off strongly with 11 points in 15 minutes, suffered a foot injury that sidelined her for the remainder of the game.
“We’ll have to have x-rays and see what the doctors say,” said a visibly distressed Carey, who has already weathered the loss of four other players this year. “If she is out, we’ll have to work other people at different positions.”
For this game, radical position changes weren’t necessary, but King’s absence did cut into Carey’s game play. Noting that WVU couldn’t run much in the way of patterned offense with King out, the Mountaineers scored just 14 points in both the second and third quarters after scoring 23 in the opening ten minutes. WVU dressed just ten players for the game.
Unable to get any inside game going on their end, the Highlanders relied on a perimeter attack, making 11 of 27 attempts from three to keep the game within a 10-15 point margin for most of the middle stages. Radford made just six shots inside the 3-point line, and employed the same drive and ball-side dish to get more than half of their shots away from long distance.
WVU transfer Theresa Ekhelar, who came to the Mountaineers from Ohio State, got her first action in a Mountaineer uniform. She had four points and four rebounds, but was limited to just ten minutes due to four trouble. Whe picked up four, including a pair in the backcourt.
“I’ve told her all I need her to do is play defense and rebound,” said Carey, who noted that she had two quick turnovers, and three overall. “Now, depending on King, that might have to change.”
The begins a busy week for the ladies after a week off from games for final exams. The Mountaineers host Morgan State on Monday and Morehead State on Thursday, then take a week off for Christmas before beginning Big 12 play at TCU on Dec. 28.