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Kysre Gondrezick Leads WVU Women in Upset Rout of No. 17 Texas, 92-58

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(Dale Sparks/WVU Athletics)

The West Virginia University women’s basketball team dominated No. 17 Texas on Saturday in a 92-58 rout of the Longhorns at the WVU Coliseum in Morgantown.

Senior guard Kysre Gondrezick led the Mountaineers (8-2, 2-2 Big 12) with 24 points while sophomore forward Esmery Martinez had a career-high 19 points to go with a team-high 10 rebounds — her fifth double-double in a row. WVU junior guard Madison Smith chipped in with 17 points and sophomore guard Kirsten Deans scored 12 in the win.

“Needless to say, I thought we really played very well tonight,” WVU coach Mike Carey said. “We were hitting shots. We were passing the ball. I think we ended up with 20-some assists, which is big for us. We were getting out and running. I thought our bench came in when we got in foul trouble and did a great job. So, I was really proud of the bench too.”

After a close first quarter where West Virginia grabbed a 14-18 lead, the Mountaineers started to stretch that lead by outscoring Texas 22-11 in the second quarter. WVU’s defense was even better in the third quarter, holding Texas to just nine points, and the rout was on.

WVU hit on 35 of 62 field goal attempts on Saturday, with six made 3-pointers. The Mountaineers were better than Texas on the glass with a 40-26 rebounding edge.

Joanne Allen-Taylor led the Longhorns (8-2, 2-1 Big 12) with 12 points while Celeste Taylor also hit double figures with 10 points.

WVU next plays on Wednesday when the Mountaineers host Texas Tech. Tip-off between West Virginia and the Red Raiders is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, with the game being streamed on Big 12 Now via ESPN+.

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Tom has spent the last decade as a sports journalist based in West Virginia, most recently as the WVU beat writer for the Charleston Gazette-Mail and with previous stops at the Charleston Daily Mail, the (Fairmont) Times West Virginian and the Daily Independent in Ashland, Kentucky. He was born and raised in Cross Lanes, West Virginia -- where he currently resides -- and is a 2010 graduate of the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Marshall University.

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