Led by senior guard/forward Naomi Davenport’s fifth double-double of the season, the West Virginia University women’s basketball team defeated Kansas State, 60-30, at the WVU Coliseum on Saturday evening.
K-State’s 30 points were the fewest allowed by WVU in a Big 12 game in program history. The Mountaineers have now won five of their last six Big 12 games and have won four straight at home.
“I just think (you) give the credit to the players. Give the credit to the players,” coach Mike Carey said. “It’s not like we’re really practicing hard right now because we really can’t practice hard right now. They’re staying focused, and they’re coming out and giving everything they have. I’m very proud of them. It takes a lot of heart to do what they’re doing right now.”
Davenport had a team-high 16 points and 15 rebounds, adding five assists as well. Redshirt junior guard Tynice Martin just missed a double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds, while junior guard Lucky Rudd also finished in double figures with 13 points.
WVU (15-5, 5-3) outrebounded the Wildcats 53-27 and finished the game shooting 40 percent from the field and 33.3 percent beyond the arc.
A defensive battle to start, a 3-pointer from Martin helped WVU to a 5-4 lead midway through the first quarter. K-State tied things up, then took a 1-point lead at the free-throw line before the teams continued to trade buckets. Freshman forward Kari Niblack, who finished with eight points, went 1-for-2 at the free-throw line to end the quarter with the Mountaineers down one at 9-8.
The Mountaineers started the second quarter on an 8-0 run, grabbing a 16-9 lead on back-to-back fast-break layups by Davenport. She drew the foul on the second and hit the free throw, making it a 9-0 run for a 17-9 lead with 6:35 to play in the half.
K-State scored on back-to-back possessions to cut the WVU lead to four at 17-13 before Martin hit a free throw and a jumper to put the score up to 20-15 with 2:54 to play in the second. Following K-State free throw, Davenport added two more buckets and the Mountaineers held the Wildcats scoreless to take a 24-16 lead at the half.
Each team hit a shot from the field to start the third quarter, K-State hit the free-throw line then added a jumper to cut the WVU lead down to six at 30-24 four minutes into play. Rudd added a 3-pointer and freshman guard Madisen Smith hit the charity stripe for a pair to bring the Mountaineer advantage back to double digits at 35-24.
That would start an 18-0 run that carried the Mountaineers through the rest of the quarter. Rudd and Davenport drained back-to-back 3-pointers at the end of the streak as West Virginia led K-State 48-26 through 30 minutes of play.
Senior center Theresa Ekhelar opened fourth-quarter scoring with a layup, as the Mountaineers added 12 points in the final 10 minutes. After Martin drained a 3-pointer with 5:33 left, West Virginia tacked on three foul shots and would coast to their fifth Big 12 conference win and their 14th overall with the final score at 60-30.
Kansas State shot 11-of-55 (20.0%) from the field, including 0-18 (0.0%) from behind the arc, and 8-of-14 (57.1%) from the line. Kansas State forward Peyton Williams and guard Kayla Goth led the Wildcats in scoring with 8 points each. Williams added 12 rebounds.
WVU travels to Austin, Texas, for a Monday night matchup with No. 12 Texas. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. ET from the Frank Erwin Center and will be shown live on FS1.