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Madisen Smith leads WVU past Texas Tech with season-high 21 points

The WVU women’s basketball team’s losing streak ends at seven games after the Mountaineers beat Texas Tech 73-62.

WVU held off a late rally attempt by Texas Tech, who brought it within five points with two and a half minutes remaining. A layup by Yemiyah Morris followed by two made free throws by Madisen Smith helped the Mountaineers seal the win.

Smith played a major role in the win for the Mountaineers. She played all 40 minutes and led the team in scoring with a season high of 21 points along with 5 assists.

Freshman guard JJ Quinerly and junior forward Esmery Martinez were tied for second in scoring with 13 each. Martinez also finished with 8 rebounds.

There were two lead changes in the first quarter, but WVU had the lead until the end after that. They led by double-digits for the majority of the 2nd quarter and the entirety of the 3rd.

WVU won the turnover battle 18-23, which was another key factor in their victory. The Mountaineers had 28 points off turnovers and 9 fast break points, compared to Texas Tech’s 22 points off turnovers with four fast-break points.

The Mountaineers also dominated the paint in this game. They scored 28 paint points and only gave up 16, along with out-rebounding the Red Raiders 35-30.

WVU has 3 games remaining on the schedule. They will return to Morgantown to play Oklahoma State on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Photo by WVU Athletics.

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