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West Virginia falls at home to Kansas, 65-47

On Wednesday night, Kansas defeated West Virginia women’s basketball team, 65-47, at the WVU Coliseum. 

West Virginia (11-10, 4-7 Big 12) struggled all night offensively except for JJ Quinerly. Quinerly finished with 22 points while shooting 9-for-17 from the field. The team did not fare well as a whole, as the Mountaineers shot just 19-for-57 from the field. 

Kansas (16-5, 7-4 Big 12) was able to dominate the Mountaineers, as they had three scorers in double figures. Holly Kersgieter led the way with 18 points, shooting 6-for-17 from the field. Zakiyah Franklin was right behind Kersgieter with 17 points, while Chandler Prater added 12 points. 

In the opening quarter, WVU momentarily found a hot hand in Esmery Martinez, who knocked down two of her three field goal attempts, one of them being a three-pointer. Kansas was able to claim the lead before the quarter ended with layups from Holly Kersgieter and Chandler Prater. 

The second quarter got off to a slow start, as neither team scored until the 5:37 mark. Kansas was able to extend their lead when Chandler Prater made a layup that was followed by a Julie Brosseau three-pointer. 

Kansas took momentum into the locker room, as Holly Kersgieter swished a corner three-pointer in the closing seconds of the half. The Jayhawks took a 27-19 lead into halftime. 

In the third quarter, WVU’s JJ Quinerly took the reins of the offense. Quinerly scored 15 points while shooting 6-for-8 from the field in the quarter. 

Kansas did not let the efforts of Quinerly faze them, as they kept scoring and getting to the foul line. The Jayhawks were able to knock down 11 free throws in the third to give themselves a 46-38 lead heading into the final quarter. 

In the fourth, WVU couldn’t do enough offensively to crawl back into the game. The Mountaineers shot just 3-for-12 in the fourth quarter, while Kansas shot 6-for-15 from the field and added six more points off free throws. 

The Jayhawks really set the tone for the game by consistently getting to the foul line. The Jayhawks got to the free throw line 26 times and made 23 of those shots. West Virginia shot only 10 free throws on the night, making six of them. 

WVU head coach Mike Carey spoke on how unhappy he was with his team’s performance. 

“We were in slow motion,” Carey said. “We were two steps slow.” 

West Virginia now moves to 11-10 on the season after losing two straight Big 12 conference games. The Mountaineers will be in action in Waco, Texas on Saturday night to take on the No. 10 Baylor Bears. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. 

Photo by Dale Sparks, All-Pro Photography

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