Senior guard Christal Caldwell recorded 25 points as she paved the way to a 101-26 West Virginia women's basketball exhibition victory over Concord Friday night at the WVU Coliseum.
"Christal has a great pull-up. I think you saw in that one stretch where she scored 10 in a row, that when she gets hot, she can really get going for us," coach Mike Carey said. "I was hoping to get something out of this game, and that has nothing to do with Concord, we didn't improve on things we wanted to improve on. We have to execute a little bit better. We have to get the ball inside a little bit better. But we have to do a better job of reversing the ball, getting it in the paint and making something happen."
The Mountain Lions' Andrea Bertrand hit a three at the 16:49 mark of the opening half to bring Concord within three at 9-6, but the Mountaineers took off on a 32-1 run over the next 12 minutes to put the game out of reach. WVU held a 47-10 lead at the half.
Caldwell was 11-for-16 from the field, recording a pair of threes, while sophomore guard Bria Holmes was the only other Mountaineer in double figures, with 17 points on 50 percent (7-14) shooting. Holmes also grabbed three steals and added six rebounds to her stat line. Junior forward Averee Fields added nine points and 11 rebounds, five of which were on the offensive end. Senior guard Brooke Hampton added another nine points on three treys and dished out six assists in 24 minutes.
Freshman Teana Muldrow added eight points, including a pair of threes, in 10 minutes, and senior Asya Bussie, in her first game back from last season's knee injury, chipped in eight points and five rebounds in 14 minutes. Redshirt-freshman Lanay Montgomery took to the court, after almost two years out of competition, to lead the Mountaineers in rebounding with 12 boards and six points in 17 minutes. Crystal Leary rounded out the top three rebounders with seven rebounds.
WVU shot 55.7 percent (39-70) for the game, while Concord was held to only 18 percent (9-50) from the field. The Mountaineers improved from only 20 percent (3-15) from 3-point range in the first half, to 58.3 percent (7-12) in the second half, closing out the game at 37 percent from beyond the arc. WVU also improved its free throw shooting, missing only one attempt in the second half (7-8), for 52 percent (13-25) from the line for the game.
"We want to be aggressive and score, but we just weren't hitting our shots. When you're not hitting threes, you have to start moving the ball. I was disappointed that we didn't do that," Carey explained. "I've said it all along that this is going to be a foul shooting year. We have to get better at the foul line, without a doubt. Games are going to be won and lost at the foul line."
Concord was led in scoring by Bertrand with 10 points and four rebounds. Guards Jacqueline Kestner and Ashley Brown each chipped in four points.
The Mountaineers officially open the 2013-14 season on Friday, Nov. 8 at 5:30 p.m., as they take on the Ohio State Buckeyes at the WVU Coliseum.