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WVU Women Beat Oklahoma 90-72 for 1st Big 12 Win of Season

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(photo by Joshua R. Gateley/Oklahoma Athletics)

Oklahoma’s Madi Williams had a day for the record books, but four West Virginia University women’s basketball players scored in double-digits on Sunday as the visiting Mountaineers beat the Sooners 90-72 for their first Big 12 win of the season.

Senior guard Kysre Gondrezick led WVU (7-2, 1-2 Big 12) with 26 points while sophomore guard Kirsten Deans scored 20, sophomore forward Esmery Martinez finished with a career-high 18 points and junior forward Kari Niblack tallied 13 points. Martinez also had a team-high 11 rebounds for her fourth-consecutive double-double.

Williams, meanwhile, set an Oklahoma single-game record with 45 points in the loss to WVU. Gabby Gregory led OU with five rebounds and also chipped in with 13 points.

West Virginia made 35 of 64 shots from the field (54.7 percent) and hit 10 3-pointers in the win. The Mountaineers, led by Martinez, out-rebounded Oklahoma 34-30 and forced the Sooners (3-5, 0-3 Big 12) into 13 turnovers on Sunday.

WVU, which was off for 13 days prior to Sunday’s win, does not play again until Saturday when the Mountaineers are scheduled to host Texas at the WVU Coliseum in Morgantown. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+, with start time to be announced by the Big 12 this week.

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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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