Sophomore Tynice Martin scored 26 surpassing 1,000 career high points. Katrina Pardee made a pair of pivotal 3 pointers and the West Virginia Lady Mountaineers came away with a 75- 62 victory over Elon in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. The 6th-seeded Lady Mountaineers will next face Maryland on the Lady Terrapins’ home floor Sunday. The Terrapins defeated Bucknell 103-61 to advance in the tournament.
The Lady Mountaineers struggled with Elon, unable to shake them off until the fourth quarter. The score was knotted at 53-all when Lanay Montgomery hit a short jumper, Martin made two free throws and Pardee hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key to make it 60-53 Mountaineers. The Lady Mountaineers never looked back following that quick 7-0 run.
After an Elon timeout Malaya Johnson missed a 3-pointer for the Fighting Christians and Pardee connected again from beyond the arc. Giving the Mountaineers a 10 point lead with 5:20 left in the game. The Mountaineers outscored Elon 22-9 in the final 7 minutes of the game. She looks mixed…. “I think we just picked up our energy and got out in transition and got stops on defense, which led to those easy points on offense”,Pardee said, “I think overall we just picked up.”
Martin went 7 for 24 from the floor, Pardee finished with 14 points and Montgomery had 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Shay Burnett scored 19 and Lauren Brown added 17 for Elon.
WVU moves to 5-0 in the series against Elon dating back to 2010.
The Lady Mountaineers are making their 10th appearance in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, their eighth under Coach Carey.
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