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No. 19 WVU Holds Off TCU

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Esmery Martinez scored 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as West Virginia held off TCU 81-78 on Saturday at the WVU Coliseum.

The Mountaineers were without guards Kysre Gondrezick and Madisen Smith down the stretch.

Gondrezick left the game in the second quarter and Smith exited in the third on crutches. WVU head coach Mike Carey did not know their status after the game.

Kirsten Deans scored 15 points for the Mountaineers. Gondrezick had 14. Jasmine Carson added 12 and Kari Niblack 11.

Lauren Heard led the Horned Frogs with 38 points and nine boards. Tavy Diggs tallied 13 points.

Gondrezick drained a 3-pointer to start a 13-0 run to end the first quarter that put WVU ahead 24-19. Heard made a layup in the middle of the second quarter to give TCU its last lead at 28-27. Gondrezick scored the last five in a 9-0 stretch but Heard scored 7 of 8 during a run to the game 36-36 with 2:22 left in the second quarter. Niblack gave the Mountaineers a 40-38 lead at the half.

WVU went ahead by as many as 13 midway through the third quarter. However, Berry hit a couple 3s to start the fourth to cut the deficit to one.

Despite being without two of their top players, the Mountaineers managed to hold off the Horned Frogs.

WVU shot 52 percent from the floor, 55 percent from beyond the arc and 58 percent from the charity stripe.

TCU shot 49 percent from the field, 43 percent from 3-point range and 68 percent from the line.

The Mountaineers travel to Iowa State on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

Shanna Rose
WVU Graduate with a bachelor's in journalism and multimedia journalist. Sports Fan and sports writer. Former WVU News reporter. Contact Shanna on Twitter @SMR1837
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