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West Virginia welcomes red-hot Oklahoma to town Wednesday night

The West Virginia women’s basketball team will take on No. 14 Oklahoma in the WVU Coliseum on Wednesday evening, with Oklahoma currently being the second-best team in conference play.

West Virginia (8-6, 1-3 Big 12) currently has a pair of shooters averaging double figures in KK Deans 15.4 points per game followed by Esmery Martinez’s 10 points per matchup. JJ Quinerly shooting 37.5% from three-point range and leading the Mountaineers while Jasmine Carson’s 35.5% three-point shooting lands her second for the mountain state. What has helped Quinerly be able to make a strong transition into college and be one of the top scorers? Quickness.

“It has helped me a lot, college the speed of the game, it’s a lot different so it’s good to have that quickness and be able to maneuver around everything,” said Quinerly after Texas Tech. “That’s a big part of our defense really, we try to get steals of course, rebounds, go, push, if it isn’t there just set it up, keep going.”

The Mountaineers also lead the way defensively in blocks holding 4.3 blocks per game while the Schooners average 3.6 blocks per game. A key to this victory for West Virginia would be making blocks and turnovers when able to and then scoring in transition.

“That’s the thing, if you’re not scoring you still have to play defense, you can’t let your offense affect your defense and I don’t think we did that. Third quarter, it did. Third quarter, we weren’t hitting shots and we let it affect our defense and you just can’t do that,” said West Virginia women’s basketball head coach Mike Carey after his team’s victory over Texas Tech.

The Sooners (15-2, 4-1 Big 12) march into Morgantown on Wednesday currently rolling on a three-game win streak after defeating Kansas on Saturday, Jan. 8, beating Baylor by a short six-point margin, 83-77 and knocking off TCU this past Saturday in Fort Worth while scoring 100 points on the day, 100-71.

Oklahoma is a very offensive based team averaging 88.4 points per game while West Virginia is netting the rock for 68 points per game on average. The top scorers for the Schooners would be a pair of senior guard in Madi Williams dropping 18.6 points per game followed by Taylor Robertson’s 18.1 points per matchup. Redshirt senior guard Ana Llanausa also shoots an average of 17.3 points per game

While the Sooners can shoot the ball from a lot of places on the floor, West Virginia does turn the ball over less than Oklahoma at 17.2 points per game while Oklahoma averages 18 turnovers per game. Williams leads the way in turnovers for Oklahoma with 62 total this season through 17 games.

West Virginia and Oklahoma will tip-off on Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET. inside the Coliseum with televising on Big 12 Now and ESPN+.

Photo by Dale Sparks, All Pro Photography

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