WVU women’s basketball came alive in the second half of its WNIT opener to pull away from Rider, 83-43.
Despite playing without suspended forward Theresa Ehkelar, West Virginia out-rebounded its opponent 61-31 on the night and shot 39 percent from the floor.
Head coach Mike Carey said that with an even shorter bench, West Virginia’s offensive options were limited, but the Mountaineers eventually got things rolling:
Senior Naomi Davenport recorded a double-double with 23 points and 15 rebounds. She said the team regrouped at halftime because it needed to make a statement:
Freshman Kari Niblack scored 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in just 19 minutes. She was limited by foul trouble, picking up two fouls in the game’s first two minutes.
She discussed her performance after the game:
West Virginia advances to the second round to face the winner of Villanova vs. Old Dominion. That game will tip Sunday at 3 p.m.