WVU finishes non-conference play 12-0, beats Mount St. Mary's 40-17

Published: Dec. 21, 2016 at 10:42 PM EST
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(Courtesy of WVU Athletic Communications)

The No. 13/12 West Virginia University women’s basketball team completed the nonconference slate perfect for the third time in program history with a 77-45 win over Mount St. Mary’s on Wednesday evening at the WVU Coliseum.

West Virginia (12-0) sprinted out to a 19-3 run in the first quarter and never relinquished the lead in the team’s 32nd straight win against nonconference opponents at the WVU Coliseum. The Mount (2-9) trimmed the WVU lead to 10 points early in the second quarter, but the Mountaineers responded with 11 consecutive points to seal the team’s 13th consecutive win at the WVU Coliseum. West Virginia joins the 2010-11 squad (14-0) and the 2002-03 team (11-0) in finishing the nonconference schedule undefeated.

Lanay Montgomery paced the Mountaineers with 16 points and 10 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season. Montgomery finished with five blocks on Wednesday pushing her career total to 273 and passing former teammate Aysa Bussie (270) for second on WVU’s all-time career blocks list. The senior made her first five shots to extend her consecutive field goals made streak to 14, before it ended in the first half. She finished 7-of-9 from the field for 77.8 percent shooting.

Kristina King, the Big 12 Preseason Newcomer of the Year, registered her first double-double at West Virginia with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Tynice Martin added 16 points followed by 14 from junior Teana Muldrow. Chania Ray led the Mountaineers with six assists, while scoring eight points and grabbing six rebounds in 34 minutes.

“The game was ugly,” coach Mike Carey said. “It was slow. As well as we shot the other night in Charleston, we shot just as bad tonight. In the second half, you saw we had the wide-open shots and we weren’t taking the threes because I told them no more three’s for a while. We started attacking.”

Offensively, West Virginia ended the evening with a 47.8 shooting percentage from the field (32-of-67) and scored a season-high 56 points inside the paint. The Mountaineers outrebounded Mount St. Mary’s, 51-31. WVU limited the Mount to 28.8 percent (17-of-59) from the field, marking the 13th consecutive opponent to shoot less than 40 percent. Also, Mount St. Mary’s is the seventh opponent this season to shoot less than 30 percent.

Montgomery made eight of WVU’s first 15 points, as the Mountaineers opened the contest on a 19-3 run in the first five minutes. Mount St. Mary’s finished the period with an 8-4 run of its own, including four points from Katrice Dickson to cut the WVU lead to 23-11.

Mount St. Mary’s Caroline Hummell scored the first bucket in the second quarter. WVU answered with 11 consecutive points. Montgomery tallied six of her 14 first half points and led the team with seven rebounds at the break.

WVU outscored the Mount 22-15 in the third quarter to stretch its lead to 62-32 at the end of the period. The fourth quarter was much closer as the Mountaineers edged Mount St. Mary’s, 15-13. Hummell finished with a team-high 13 points for the Mount.

No. 13/12 West Virginia takes an eight-day hiatus before opening Big 12 Conference action at TCU on Thursday, Dec. 29, in a 7:30 p.m. ET contest in Fort Worth, Texas.

NOTES: The Mountaineers (12-0) closed out their nonconference slate undefeated with a 77-45 win over Mount St. Mary’s (2-9) on Wednesday, marking the third time in program history WVU went undefeated in nonconference … West Virginia holds a 5-0 edge in the series against The Mount … WVU has won 32 consecutive games against nonconference opponents at the Coliseum … WVU matched the 2014 season’s 12-game win streak for sixth all-time … Lanay Montgomery surpassed Asya Bussie for No. 2 on WVU’s all-time career blocks list with 273 … Montgomery’s consecutive made field goal streak halted at 14 in the first half … Montgomery recorded 14 double-doubles in her career and the fifth of the season … Martin has reached double figures in 20 of the last 22 contests, including 14 consecutive … Kristina King recorded her first career-double-double, setting a career high 10 rebounds and tallied 14 points.