MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (Jan. 13, 2021) – Redshirt senior Kysre Gondrezick scored a team-best 19 points as West Virginia defeated Texas Tech 83-78 on Wednesday night at the Coliseum.
For the fourth time in as many games, Gondrezick led the Mountaineers in scoring. Sophomore Esmery Martinez earned her sixth consecutive double-double with 18 points and 15 rebounds. Junior Jasmine Carson added 13 points.
“(It was a) very sloppy game,” WVU head coach Mike Carey said. “Thank goodness for our bench. We scored 30 points off the bench. If we didn’t have that, we would’ve (lost) tonight. We were two steps slow, they were dribble-driving us and getting anything they wanted.
Offensively, we took a bunch of bad shots, wouldn’t reverse the ball. We could’ve kicked it inside all night, but our guards were not patient. They took too many early shots on the shot clock. It wasn’t good. I thought (junior guard) Jasmine Carson came off the bench and did a great job. I thought (redshirt sophomore center) Rochelle Norris came off the bench and played extremely hard. Then she got tired a little bit and started reaching, but I thought she did a good job off the bench too.”
The Lady Red Raiders jumped out to an early lead before Rochelle Norris came off the bench and dropped seven points to help the Mountaineers retake the lead. Texas Tech’s Naje Murray sank a 3-pointer to tie the game 9-9 with just under five minutes to go but Martinez put WVU back on top just before the media timeout.
WVU came out of the break and went on a 10-5 run to end the quarter.
The Lady Raiders cut the deficit to four points over the first three minutes of the second quarter but Carson drained a 3. Texas Tech’s Vivian Gray responded with a 3 of her own.
The Mountaineers ended the half on an 8-2 run to lead 36-28 at the break.
WVU opened the second half with a pair of scores from junior guard Madisen Smith and junior forward Kari Niblack to jump out to an 11-point lead. The Lady Red Raiders refused to back down and cut the game to six points after three straight buckets.
Gondrezick answered with a 3-pointer to give the Mountaineers an 11-point advantage. However, Texas Tech responded yet again and went on a 9-2 run to cut the game back to single digits.
In the fourth frame, the two teams slugged it out again. Carson began the final quarter by scoring eight points and helped WVU jump out to a 15-point lead with just under seven minutes to play in the game. The Lady Red Raiders chipped away at the lead the remainder of the game, pulling within three with 17 seconds remaining but Gondrezick hit a clutch 3 and a last-second score from Martinez helped WVU get the win.
The Mountaineers shot 45.1 percent from the field. WVU outrebounded Texas Tech 44-26.
Gray led the Lady Red Raiders with 28 points. Murray tallied 18 points. Lexi Gordon and Maka Jackson both added 11.
The Mountaineers host Oklahoma State on Saturday. Tipoff is at 2 p.m.
Cover Photo Credit: Dale Sparks-WVU Sports