MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–KK Deans scored 18 points as the West Virginia women’s basketball team defeated Oklahoma State 67-59 on Saturday afternoon.
“I thought that was a big gut check,” head coach Mike Carey said. “You got to give our players a lot of credit.
The Mountaineers were without leading scorer Kysre Gondrezick, who was attending her father’s funeral.
Esmery Martinez notched her seventh consecutive double double with 12 points and 10 boards. Kari Niblack and Madisen Smith each tallied 14 points for WVU.
The Mountaineers trailed the Cowgirls by three at the half. Oklahoma State scored a quick basket to start the third quarter but WVU responded when Deans sank a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to two.
The Cowgirls went on a 10-2 run over the next two minutes. Trailing by 10, Carey called a timeout and the Mountaineers scored twice before the quarter ended. Smith and Niblack combined for six points to cut the Oklahoma State lead to one.
In the fourth, Smith drained a 3 to put. WVU back on top but the Cowgirls came right back.
With 5:03 remaining, Deans scored in the lane to tie the game at 52-all.
Junior Jasmine Carson hit a clutch 3 with 2:30 left to give the Mountaineers a six point lead, which they never relinquished.
“I’m very proud of the team,” Carey said. “It would have been very easy for the team to fold when we went down 10, but they didn’t. They showed a lot of determination to come back and win the game. I’m very proud of them.”
WVU hosts Kansas State on Wednesday at 7 p.m.