CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Freshman forward Kari Niblack recorded her first double-double and led the Mountaineers with 18 points, as West Virginia topped Eastern Kentucky 78-29, its second win over the Colonels this season..
Head coach Mike Carey feared his team might start slow against an opponent it handled less than a month ago, but a 20-2 run in the first seven minutes of the game set the stage for another blowout win. "My biggest concern was we were going to play down," said Carey. "When you beat a team, I think by 40, earlier in the season, then it’s easy to play down. We hit shots, we forced some shots, especially in the second quarter."
Niblack was one of four Mountaineers to finish in double figures. Naomi Davenport, Tynice Martin and Madisen Smith also recorded 10 or more points.
In addition, junior guard Lucky Rudd made her WVU debut. The newly eligible transfer from N.C. State scored eight points, grabbed three rebounds, dished out two assists and swiped two steals in her first appearance.
Watch the full postgame press conference with remarks Carey and Niblack at the top of this page.