MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Kysre Gondrezick and Esmery Martinez led the way as West Virginia thumped North Alabama 80-51 at the Coliseum on Thursday.
Gondrezick scored 20 points and Martinez notched her second double-double of the season, scoring 17 points and grabbing 22 rebounds for the Mountaineers (3-0).
Martinez became the first WVU player to record 15-plus points and 20-plus rebounds in a game since Donna Abbott did so against Rhode Island on Feb. 15, 1992. The Hato Mayor Del Ray, Dominican Republic, native is just one of 15 players in the Big 12 Conference since 1999-2000 to score 17 or more points and grab 22-plus rebounds.
The Mountaineers dominated the Lions in every category. WVU outrebounded North Alabama 61-24 and outscored the Lions 40-24 in the paint.
“Yeah, it’s sloppy,” head coach Mike Carey said. “I hate these kinds of games. We came in here, and we weren’t executing. (We were) sloppy. They were sagging, but part of it is my fault. It’s partially my fault because I told them I don’t want any quick 3’s. We were open all night at the 3, but I just didn’t want a bunch to sit there and shoot a bunch of 3’s, so we forced some things. Defensively, I let them switch one through four. That’s over. I’ll never let that happen again. We didn’t guard their shooting guard, 14 (North Alabama senior forward Olivia Noah). We didn’t do a good job on her, so those are things we have to get better at. We have a big game Sunday. We can’t worry about this game. We have to move on and get ready for Tennessee on Sunday.”
Olivia Noah led North Alabama with 23 points. Jaila Roberts tallied 15 points and Macey Lee added 10.
Gondrezick got WVU on the board first with a layup at the 9:31 mark of the first quarter. The Lions took a 12-8 lead after a pair of 3s with 5:45 left before the Mountaineers went on a 12-1 run to end the first and take a 20-13 lead at the first quarter.
Noah sank a 3-pointer to end North Alabama’s scoring drought but Gondrezick and Madisen Smith responded with a pair of 3s. WVU led 40-27 at the half.
The Mountaineers shot 45.2 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from beyond the arc. The Lions shot 30.6 percent from the floor and 16.7 percent from long range.
WVU hosts Tennessee on Sunday, Dec. 6, as part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET.
Cover Photo Credit: Grant Dovey-WVU Sports