Kysre Gondrezick was the X-factor for West Virginia as the Mountaineers took a season-opening victory at home over St. Francis by a score of ___.
While it took some time for her to get started, Gondrezick’s 11 points in the second quarter put her in the leading scorer position by halftime. She never looked back, knotting a total of __ points for West Virginia.
That slow start was across the board for the Mountaineers. St. Francis hung in there for the first quarter, notching the first bucket of the game with a three-pointer from Sam Miller. The Red Flash held onto that lead until the clock wound down in the first quarter, but the Mountaineers would tie it up at the break.
Gondrezick went on her tear in the second quarter, leading West Virginia to outscore St. Francis 23-11 in the period.
West Virginia had to fight for the advantage on the boards, only out-rebounding the Red Flash by a margin of 39-37. They were able to create extra scoring opportunities for themselves, though, maintaining a turnover margin of +10, and scoring 29 points off of them.
The second half was all Mountaineers, as they outscored St. Francis 34-17 en route to the win.
One of the biggest takeaways that Coach Mike Carey had after the game was his experimenting with different lineups.
“We played a lot of people…I’ve got to develop the bench this year, something we didn’t do last year,” he said. “So I’m going to play a lot of people, and I’ve got to find out what’s the best combination.”
With the victory, the Mountaineers move to 1-0 on the year. Next up, they will host Presbyterian at home on Sunday.