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WVU Heads to College Park for NCAA First Round

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The WVU women's basketball team is heading to College Park, Maryland, for the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The WVU women's basketball team is heading to College Park, Maryland, for the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

MORGANTOWN – The West Virginia University women’s basketball team will travel to College Park, Maryland, for the first round on the NCAA Tournament. The Mountaineers enter as the tournament as the No. 6-seed in the Bridgeport Region and will face No.11-seed Elon on Friday at 2:30 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN2.

“We had no idea where we would go. We were told we may host, told we may go to the west coast to south to now Maryland,” said WVU women’s basketball coach Mike Carey. “It was a surprise for us just like everybody else. At least it is close and we should have no trouble getting there.”

This will be the fifth meeting between WVU and Elon. The series dates back to 2011, with WVU holding a 4-0 advantage.

The two last met in 2015 with the Mountaineers earning a 10-point victory. In the win, Lanay Montgomery tallied a career-high 21 points and nine rebounds, and Bria Holmes added 19.

“We played them last year,” said Coach Carey. “I looked at their schedule. Duke only beat them by six. They played against some top-notch teams and they won their last eight games during the season. I don’t know a lot about them. I looked at their record and their nonconference schedule. They played a lot of good teams.”

The Phoenix has won 14 of their last 15 games, and are bringing an eight game winning streak into the tournament. Elon won the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament with a 78-60 win over James Madison and claimed the program’s first NCAA Tournament bid. Lauren Brown scored 17 points in the CAA title victory, and earned the tournament MVP. Brown and Shay Burnett lead Elon, averaging 12 points per game.

The Mountaineers claimed the program’s second Big 12 title two weeks ago in Oklahoma City to earn the automatic bid. In the championship final, WVU knocked off Baylor, ending the Bears streak at six consecutive conference titles.

“When you are playing well like you are, you like to take maybe one or two days off and then keep playing, you don’t want to take a week and a half off, but that’s just what happens,” said Coach Carey. “We have to be ready to play and forget about the Big 12 Tournament, because that means nothing now, and get ready for Elon.”

Tynice Martin played lights out through the Big 12 tournament. She earned the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship Most Outstanding Player, and joined Teana Muldrow on the Big 12 Championship All-Tournament Team. She scored 21 points in the quarterfinal win over Oklahoma, 29 points in the semifinal victory over Texas and 32 points against Baylor.

Martin leads WVU with 18.6 points per game. Muldrow is averaging 10.7 points and a team-high 8.9 rebounds per game.

“I think my team is playing well, and we have players like Tynice, she is playing great basketball right now.  We are playing great team defense and just great team basketball,” Senior center Lanay Montgomery said. “I have faith in my girls that we will go out and play hard. We need to take it one day at a time and get our first win.”

West Virginia is making its 12th NCAA Tournament appearance overall and 10th under Coach Carey. Last season, its road to the Final Four stopped in the second round with an 88-81 loss to Ohio State.

The winner of No. 6-seed WVU vs. No. 11-seed Elon will play the winner of No. 3-seed Maryland vs. No. 14-seed Bucknell on Sunday, March 20.

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