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Mountaineers look to get back on track Wednesday night

Following last Saturday’s loss to Kansas State in Morgantown, the West Virginia women’s basketball team now prepares for another home tilt when they host Texas Tech on Wednesday at 7 p.m. 

The Mountaineers (7-5, 0-2 Big 12) have started their Big 12 conference slate on a two-game losing streak to begin the season dropping matchups at then-No. 14 Iowa State as well as the Saturday blunder to Kansas State in which the team fell in a 71-61 final. The team’s recent losing streak comes after the Mountaineers rattled off four straight victories to begin the year before being defeated by BYU on Nov. 27, 58-57. 

The West Virginia scoring attack this season has averaged 69.3 points per game as opposed to Texas Tech’s 66.9 points per game so far on the young season.  

Overall, the Mountaineers shoot slightly lower than their opponents do as the Mountaineers stroke a 43.1% from the field as opposed to the Red Raiders 46.3% mark from the field. The Mountaineers struggle however from three-point land where Mike Carey’s group shoots only 30.5% as opposed to Tech’s 35% from three-point range this season.

An emphasis that Carey has made throughout the season so far has been cutting down on turnovers given up as his team has surrendered 16.9 turnovers per game while Texas Tech is turning the rock over at an even higher rate of 18.1 turnovers per 40 minutes. 

While West Virginia has two scorers averaging double figures every game, Texas Tech has benefited from four different scorers averaging double digit totals per matchup. The pair of Mountaineers averaging double figures are junior guard KK Deans and Esmery Martinez with 15.2 and 11.4 points per game, respectively. 

The Red Raiders leading scorers are senior guard Vivian Gray with 17.3 points per game while junior guard Bre’Amber Scott averages 12.3 points per game. Senior forward Taiyah Thomas and freshman guard Rhyle McKinney round out the four double digit scorers on Tech with 10.1 points averaged apiece. 

The Red Raiders also lead the Mountaineers in rebounding where Thomas averages 9.5 rebounds per game and Gray snatches 6.7 rebounds per game. The Mountaineers are led in rebounding by Martinez’s 8.1 rebounds per matchup while fifth year center Blessing Ejiofor grabs 4.8 rebounds per game. 

The Mountaineers and Red Raiders will tip off from the Coliseum on Wednesday at 7 p.m. with televising on Big 12 Now and ESPN+. 

Photo by Dale Sparks, All Pro Photography

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