WVU Women's Basketball

Mountaineers fall at No. 2 Baylor

WACO, Texas - The West Virginia University women’s basketball team’s three-game Big 12 win streak came to an end on Sunday with a 79-47 loss to No. 2/3 Baylor at the Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas.

The Mountaineers (12-5, 3-3) shot 30.9 percent from the field in the loss, hitting six 3-pointers while shooting just over 50 percent at the free-throw line.

Redshirt junior guard Tynice Martin hit four 3-pointers on her way to a team-high 18 points. Senior forward Naomi Davenport also finished in double figures, adding 10 points and six rebounds, while freshman guard Madisen Smith added 11 points and five assists.

West Virginia had 13 turnovers to Baylor’s eight and was outrebounded 51-28.

A pair of 3-pointers by Martin put the Mountaineers up 6-5 early on. A free throw by Davenport and a fast-break layup from Smith pushed the WVU advantage to four at 9-5 with just under six to play in the first. Back-to-back Baylor buckets then tied the game at 9-9 before a Martin jumper put WVU on top, 11-9, midway through the first.

A 7-0 Baylor run put the Lady Bears in front, 16-11, with 90 seconds to play in the opening frame. Davenport added a jumper to break the WVU drought, but Baylor added another bucket as the Mountaineers trailed 18-13 heading into the second.

Davenport opened the second quarter with a 3-pointer to cut the WVU deficit to three at 18-16. The Lady Bears responded with a trey of their own that started a 7-0 scoring run, putting Baylor ahead 25-16 three minutes into play. Smith hit a jumper to stop the streak, but the Lady Bears countered by scoring 12 straight as the Mountaineers found themselves down 20 at 38-18 with just under three to play in the half.

Martin added a jumper, as did Davenport, but it wasn’t enough to stop the bleeding as the Mountaineers trailed 45-22 at the half.

Davenport again started the scoring with a jumper in the third, but Baylor followed with an 8-0 run for a 53-24 lead with 6:35 to play in the frame. Back-to-back treys from Martin and junior guard Lucky Rudd cut into the deficit, while Smith added another fast-break layup. Rudd got the bucket and the foul, sinking the free throw to cut Baylor’s lead to 18 as WVU trailed 53-35 midway through the quarter.

Smith added yet another layup on the fast break, but Baylor countered with a jumper. Neither team scored across the final 2:25 of the quarter as West Virginia trailed 59-37 through three quarters of play.

The Lady Bears picked up a pair at the free-throw line and added a layup to start the fourth. Freshman forward Kari Niblack hit the free-throw line and came away with a point, which was followed by a 3-pointer from Martin as WVU trailed 63-41 two minutes into the final stanza.

Martin added a layup, but the Mountaineers wouldn’t hit another shot from the field. They went 4-of-8 from the free-throw line to close out the game as Baylor scored eight more to claim the 79-47 victory.

Kalani Brown had a team-high 17 points for the Lady Bears, who move to 15-1 overall and 5-0 in league play.

West Virginia returns home to welcome Texas Tech to Morgantown on Wednesday. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. at the WVU Coliseum with the game to air on AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh
and FSN.

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