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WATCH: Coach Carey, Mountaineers React to 73-54 Win over Kansas

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Per WVU Communications: Four Mountaineers reached double-figure scoring, as the West Virginia University women’s basketball team closed out the regular season with a 73-54 win over Kansas on Senior Night at the WVU Coliseum on Monday.

A free throw early in the first quarter gave Kansas (8-21, 2-16) a lead for 12 seconds, but the Mountaineers would use a 15-3 run from there to take a double-figure lead for the remainder of the contest. WVU extended its lead to 29 in the third quarter, but KU outscored the Mountaineers, 16-11, in the final period.
 
West Virginia (20-10, 8-10) registered its 11th 20-win season under 16th-year head coach Mike Carey and a school-record four consecutive seasons of 20 or more victories. The Mountaineers finish sixth in the Big 12 Conference regular season and will be the No. 6 seed in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship. The four-day tournament begins on Friday, March 3, and lasts through Monday, March 6, at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. West Virginia will face No. 3-seed Oklahoma on Saturday, March 4, in a 9:30 p.m. ET/8:30 p.m. CT matchup. The game will be televised on the FOX Sports Networks.
 
Tynice Martin finished with a team-high 17 points, while grabbing six rebounds. Teana Muldrow became the first Mountaineer since Korinne Campbell in 2010 to record a double-double in three consecutive games after scoring 15 points and grabbing a game-high 11 rebounds. Junior Kristina King knocked down 6-of-7 from the field and finished with 13 points and five rebounds. Chania Ray eclipsed double-figures with 11 points, while grabbing five boards and distributing a game-best five assists.
 
Prior to Monday evening’s game, the Mountaineers honored seniors Lanay Montgomery and Desiree Rhodes. Montgomery, a Pittsburgh native, finished with nine rebounds and seven points. Her nine rebounds moved her fourth all-time with 898 career rebounds. Rhodes, a native of Aurora, Illinois, made her first career start at WVU and completed the night with two rebounds and an assist.
 
“Good to get a win for the seniors’ in the last game,” Carey said. “I thought we played a lot better in the first half than we did in the second half, but that’s the story of our season. Sloppy with the basketball, gave up second chance points. When we go to tournament time, if we have that many turnovers and give up that many second chance points, we won’t win a game. Looks like right now we’re going to play Oklahoma, so it’s not going to be an easy game.”
 
Offensively, West Virginia shot 48.3 percent from the field (28-of-58) and made 70.0 percent (14-of-20) from the free throw line. WVU won the rebound battle, 44-33, and dished out 11 assists and blocked six shots. KU was limited to 29.5 percent (18-of-61) from the field and 18.8 percent (3-of-16) from three-point range.
 
The Mountaineers opened up the contest with a 15-4 lead, which included an 11-point run over a stretch of three minutes. King added five consecutive points in a minute to push the West Virginia edge to 20-6 at the 1:37 mark. Muldrow’s two layups to end the quarter gave WVU a 24-10 lead.
 
King added two more buckets to open the second quarter and West Virginia used an 11-2 run to take a 26 point lead. The Mountaineers held a 41-18 lead at the half, their largest in Big 12 play this season. Muldrow paced the team with 17 points and seven rebounds.
 
After remaining scoreless in the first half due to foul trouble, Montgomery responded with five of WVU’s first 12 points. A six-point run stretched the Mountaineer lead to 27 after a three-pointer from Martin at the 5:55 mark. Kansas closed the half with 12 points in the final four minutes of the third quarter to trim the deficit to 24.
 
In the fourth quarter, six points from KU’s Jayde Christopher and Chayla Chesadle trimmed the Mountaineer lead to 22. KU would outscored WVU by five in the stanza. The Jayhawks’ Jessica Washington led all scorers with 18 points.
 
West Virginia opens action at the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship on Saturday, March 4, at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The Mountaineers are the No. 6-seed and will take on No. 3-seed Oklahoma in the 9:30 p.m. ET/8:30 p.m. CT game.
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