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Frustration Remains for WVU Women's Hoops

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Seven games. That is all that remains in the regular season for the No. 22 West Virginia University women’s basketball team. After suffering a 80-55 loss to Iowa State on Saturday afternoon, that fact becomes even more frustrating for head coach Mike Carey and the Mountaineers.

“Iowa State came here on our own floor and played five times harder than we did,” Coach Carey said, shaking his head.

With the loss, the Mountaineers fall to 16-7 on the season, and 4-7 in Big 12 Conference action. After starting the season 14-0, things became a bit rocky for WVU, losing seven of its last 10 games.

All the recent losses seem to have the same things in common, lack of focus and energy. The most recent to ISU certainly was no exception.

“You could feel it,” Lanay Montgomery answered when asked if she felt a lack of energy during Saturday's game.

Katrina Pardee echoed the frustration. “We didn’t come out to fight today, and if we keep playing like this, it isn’t going to work out.”

The Mountaineers were down by five at the end of the first quarter thanks to a pair of crucial three-pointers by Pardee. The sophomore had four threes, tying her career-high, and she finished with 16 points.

Iowa State held a nine-point lead at the break, but things would fall apart for West Virginia from there.

The Cyclones shot 51.8 percent from the field compared to WVU’s 29.7 percent.

“The coaches prepared us well for the game. It was just a matter of us going out there and executing and communicating,” Montgomery said, noting that they didn't do well with either.

In past games, it was the lack of play in the second and third quarters that hurt the Mountaineers, and the strong finish in the final 10 minutes that helped them get back in games.

On Saturday, the Mountaineers never got going, regardless of the time on the clock. Lack of focus and energy has been the culprit of recent losses for WVU, and as the games continue, it seems to be those same things that land it a check mark in the loss column.

“It’s all about heart. It’s all about wanting to do it. It’s about West Virginia basketball. This team doesn’t do what we do, they do what they want to do, and the only one to blame is me,” Coach Carey said, adding the only thing to do is head back to the drawing board.

The inconsistency is just as frustrating for the players, who have had their sights set on an NCAA tournament berth since the conclusion of last season.

“If we go out and play hard and play West Virginia basketball, then we are going to win games,” Pardee said. “We know we can beat anybody. It is just a matter of going out there and doing it.”

But not all hope is lost for the Mountaineers. Seven games may be all that is left in the regular season, but that means seven more chances await to get things turned around.

“We need to just keep fighting, can’t give up,” Montgomery said. “We have seven games left, we can still make a run, we just have to come together.”

And the Mountaineers hope to get that run started on Tuesday night with a win at No. 18 Oklahoma.

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