MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (Jan. 11, 2021) – Following a 24-point game in the Mountaineers’ 92-58 upset victory over No. 17 Texas last week, redshirt senior guard Kysre Gondrezick of the West Virginia University women’s basketball team has been named the WVU Student-Athlete of the Week, presented by University Apartments.
Gondrezick’s team-high 24 points led the way for West Virginia against the Longhorns, and it marked her third consecutive game with 20 or more points. It also marks the second time this season that she has accomplished that feat. The Benton Harbor, Michigan, native led WVU in scoring for the eighth time this season and is tied for second in the Big 12 Conference in scoring this week.
Gondrezick also tied her career-high in field goals made against UT, with 10, and finished with five assists against the Longhorns, the second-best mark on the team. Her five assists were tied for fourth in the conference this week. The redshirt senior also tallied two steals, extending her streak of games with at least one steal to nine games. She has now tallied multiple steals in five games this season.
West Virginia’s 92-58 win over No. 17 Texas was its first win over an AP top-25 team since Dec. 21, 2019, vs. Michigan State and its first win over a ranked Texas team since Jan. 28, 2019. WVU’s 34-point margin of victory against the Longhorns was the largest win over a ranked opponent since Feb. 27, 2016, vs. Oklahoma State (82-48).
This Week in Wrestling: West Virginia (2-1) welcomes Bucknell and No. 19 Oklahoma (0-1) to Morgantown for a tri-meet on Sunday, Jan. 17, beginning with a dual against the Bison at 2 p.m. ET … Bucknell and Oklahoma will take the mat for the second match of the day, before the Mountaineers meet the Sooners for their first Big 12 contest of the season … Sunday’s action will be carried live on Big 12 Now on ESPN+, the conference’s digital platform … fans can subscribe to ESPN+ for just $5.99 a month (or $49.99 per year) at ESPNplus.com, ESPN.com or on the ESPN App (mobile and connected devices) … it also is available as part of The Disney Bundle offer that gives subscribers access to Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu (ad-supported) — all for just $12.99/month … due to safety precautions from the COVID-19 pandemic, only essential game operations personnel and families of the wrestlers and wrestling staff will be admitted into the arena.
Last Week in Wrestling: WVU started the 2021 season with a pair of wins over Kent State and Ohio, before dropping a hard-fought match to No. 8 Virginia Tech on Jan. 10, at the WVU Coliseum, in Morgantown … the Mountaineers posted a 22-9 win over the Golden Flashes to start the day, followed by a 36-3 victory over the Bobcats … the last time WVU scored 30 or more points in a match was against Harvard at the Pitt Duals in 2017 … despite two wins under its belt, WVU suffered a 24-10 setback to the Hokies in the squad’s final dual of the day.
Notes: Redshirt junior Noah Adams and true freshman Peyton Hall each recorded a 3-0 mark in their respective weight classes to start the season … with a trio of season-opening wins, Adams extended his win streak to 35 at 197 pounds – a streak that dates back to last season … at 165 pounds, Hall earned a decision and two major decisions in his collegiate debut, including a win over No. 22 Colt Yinger of Ohio … classmate Brayden Roberts also donned the Gold and Blue for the first time in his career at 149 pounds, posting two victories on the weekend … additionally, redshirt sophomore Alex Hornfeck (157), sophomore Scott Joll (174) and redshirt freshmen Jeffrey Boyd (141) and Michael Wolfgram (HWT) each tallied 2-1 records to start the year … several Mountaineers also participated in extra matches throughout the day, including true freshmen Colton Drousias (125), Caleb Dowling (157), Jace Bradbury (197) and Pitt transfer Ryan Sullivan (141).
This Week in Rifle: West Virginia opens the 2021 season at Akron … the meet is set for Jan. 16, at 9 a.m. ET… Saturday will be the team’s first match since Feb. 29, 2020.
Last Season in Rifle: The 2019-20 rifle season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic … t seasons end, eight shooters earned a combined 21 National Rifle Association (NRA) and College Rifle Coaches Association (CRCA) All-America honors … It’s the first time WVU had over 20 All-America honors in one season since 2016 … Milica Babic, who graduated from WVU with 11 All-America awards, was the only shooter named to all three first teams … Babic also finished her four-year career with the GARC Outstanding Senior title, becoming the 11th Mountaineer to claim the conference’s top senior award … West Virginia finished second at the 2020 GARC Championship, held in Memphis, Tennessee, with a two-day total of 4963 … WVU finished second in smallbore (2323) and second in air rifle (2370)… Sarah Osborn completed the conference championships with the second-best combined score, earning 583 smallbore and 597 air rifle for an aggregate score of 1180 … the Mountaineers finished the regular season with a 9-1 mark, including a 7-1 record in conference action, and completed the year ranked No. 3 nationally.
Notes: WVU head coach Jon Hammond enters his 14th season with the rifle program in 2021 … academically, seven Mountaineers were named to the 2020 Academic All-Big 12 At-Large First Team, while Malori Brown and Calista Smoyer landed on the Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team … David Koenders earned his second straight Academic All-America honor, landing on the men’s first team after receiving third team recognition the year before … he also was one of 49 students named to the WVU Foundation’s Outstanding Seniors list … additionally, the Mountaineers participated in their second foreign training trip, traveling to Tokyo, Japan last winter, as all 10 members competed in a friendly shooting competition against the All-Japan University Team.
This Week in Swimming and Diving: West Virginia opens its 2021 slate with a two-day dual meet against Pitt, on Jan. 13-14 … on Wednesday, the men’s and women’s diving teams square off against the Panther divers at the Aquatic Center at Mylan Park in Morgantown, beginning at 10:30 a.m. ET … on Thursday, the men’s and women’s swimming team travels to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to complete the season-opening meet at Pitt’s Trees Pool … the women’s competition begins at 11 a.m. ET, with the men following at 3 p.m. ET.
Last Season in Swimming and Diving: In their inaugural season at the Aquatic Center at Mylan Park in 2019-20, the Mountaineers hosted nine home meets, including the 2020 Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championship and the NCAA Zone A Diving Championships … the two meets came to Morgantown for the first time in program history … at the Big 12 Championship, the men’s team earned a second-place finish, while the women placed fifth … WVU combined to earn 11 medals at the conference championship and placed 12 members on the All-Big 12 First Team … the Mountaineers qualified two swimmers (David Dixon and Hunter Armstrong) and two divers (Jacob Cardinal Tremblay and Nick Cover) to the 2020 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships … Tremblay and Cover became the first Mountaineer divers to qualify for the championships since 1983 … Armstrong, Cover, Dixon and Tremblay also earned College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) All-America distinction in 2020, after the CSCAA voted to modify the qualification requirements following the cancellation of the NCAA Championships due to the COVID-19 pandemic … the two squads once again were named CSCAA Scholar All-America Teams in the fall and spring semesters … a pair of Mountaineers (Ryan Kelly and Jack Portmann) were named recipients of the Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award, while WVU placed 31 student-athletes on the 2020 Academic All-Big 12 Swimming and Diving Team … the men’s team finished the year 5-1 (1-0 Big 12), and the women posted a 3-3 (2-0 Big 12) dual-meet record in 2019-20.
Notes: Mountaineer head coach Vic Riggs enters his 14th season at the helm of the swimming and diving program in 2021 … in August, WVU welcomed Karla Helder to the Mountaineer family, as she was named the program’s head diving coach … West Virginia’s last meeting with Pitt was in 2019-20 in Morgantown, with the men’s team coming away with a 179.5-120.5 victory, while the women were defeated, 175-125, by the visiting Panthers … the Mountaineers return 41 veterans to the squad this season, while welcoming 16 newcomers to the program … 2021 marks West Virginia’s second season in its new home, the Aquatic Center at Mylan Park.
This Week in Women’s Basketball: The Mountaineers host Texas Tech on Wednesday, Jan. 13, at the WVU Coliseum, in Morgantown … tip-off against the Lady Raiders is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET … Wednesday’s contest will be broadcast on Big 12 Now on ESPN+, with Lanny Frattare, Meg Bulger and Anjelica Trinone on the call … West Virginia is 12-5 all-time against Texas Tech, including 6-2 in Morgantown.
Last Season in Women’s Basketball: WVU upset No. 17/17 Texas, 92-58, on Jan. 9, at the WVU Coliseum, in Morgantown … West Virginia was led once again by redshirt senior guard Kysre Gondrezick, who tallied a team-high 24 points against the Longhorns … sophomore forward Esmery Martinez tallied a career-high 19 points and a team-high 10 rebounds in the win to record her fifth consecutive double-double … junior guard Madisen Smith (17 points) and sophomore guard Kirsten Deans (12 points) also finished in double figures in the victory … the win over No. 17 Texas was WVU’s first win over an AP top-25 team since Dec. 21, 2019, vs. Michigan State and its first win over a ranked Texas team since Jan. 28, 2019 … WVU’s 34-point margin of victory against the Longhorns was the largest win over a ranked opponent since Feb. 27, 2016, vs. then-No. 16 Oklahoma State (82-48).
Notes: West Virginia is 129-91 against its 2020-21 opponents, including 95-78 against members of the Big 12 Conference … Gondrezick currently leads the Mountaineers in scoring, with a total of 205 points and an average of 20.5 per game … the Benton Harbor, Michigan, native has scored 20 or more points in seven games this season, including three consecutive games … Gondrezick began the season scoring 20 or more points in four consecutive games … Martinez is pacing WVU in the rebounding department this season, with 13.3 boards per game … her seven double-doubles this season also lead the team and rank No. 1 in the Big 12 and No. 3 nationally.
Press Release Courtesy of West Virginia University Athletics