The WVU Women’s Basketball game hadn’t played in over a week since they drubbed the Pitt Panthers in the Backyard Brawl, but they didn’t show any signs of rust on Sunday as they crushed the Youngstown State Penguins 94-40.
Once again, the Mountaineers showed their ability to put their foot on the gas early. This time, they never let up as they moved to 3-0 on the season.
Perhaps most impressive was the clean play West Virginia managed despite their swarming defense. After the team ran into foul trouble early against the Panthers, the officials called them for just five fouls in the entire game against Youngstown State.
The Mountaineers didn’t need any time to get into the swing of things as their aggressive defense forced three turnovers in the first 71 seconds of the game, helping the team build a quick 7-0 lead. Guard Lauren Fields drained three pointers on consecutive possessions as the Mountaineers connected from beyond the arc five times in the opening frame.
Tirzah Moore sank a layup at the buzzer to give West Virginia a 27-9 lead after ten minutes.
The Mountaineers’ bench played a major role early thanks to the quick lead, accounting for 20 of 47 points in the first half.
West Virginia went on an 18-0 run to begin the third quarter, stretching their lead to 65-19. JJ Quinerly took over midway through the period, scoring ten points in a span of 81 seconds.
The Mountaineers’ offense fell cold for much of the fourth quarter, but they still managed to outpace the Penguins 17-15 in the frame thanks to an 11-0 run over the final three minutes.
Mountaineers Stats and Up Next
WVU Women’s Basketball will next take the court in Puerto Rico for the San Juan Shootout over the holiday weekend. They’ll open against George Washington at 12:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
- All ten Mountaineers who appeared in the game managed at least one made field goal.
- West Virginia shot 50 percent (13-of-26) from beyond the arc.
- The Mountaineers played dominant defense, forcing 21 turnovers.
- Jordan Harrison led all players with 16 points, going 5-for-5 from the field and making all three free throw attempts.
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