WVU women’s basketball’s run in the WNIT looked like it was in jeopardy late in Sunday’s game against Villanova, but the Mountaineers buckled down defensively to hang on to win 64-57.
Head coach Mike Carey said his team played its best basketball when it hustled on defense. West Virginia did so in the first half, limiting Villanova to just 19 points, and again late in the game when Villanova mounted a comeback.
“When we needed to get stops, we got stops at the end,” said Carey. “I thought we did a good job at the end getting stops, and then I thought we got to the foul line at the end to hit some foul shots to finish it off.”
Watch Carey’s full postgame press conference below:
Tynice Martin hit two critical shots midway through the fourth quarter to help West Virginia take a one-point lead and turn it into a six-point edge. Martin discussed those shots after the game:
The Mountaineers built a double-digit lead by halftime thanks to sharp shooting by Naomi Davenport, who scored 18 of her game-high 25 points before the intermission:
WVU advances to host Northwestern in the next round of the WNIT. That game will take place Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the WVU Coliseum.