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WVU Fends Off Kansas in Thriller

LAWRENCE, Kan.–Kysre Gondrezick sank a 3-pointer with 11 seconds remaining to seal the 72-68 win for No. 18 West Virginia over Kansas on Saturday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse.

Gondrezick led the Mountaineers with 25 points. Esmery Martinez notched her 12th double-double of the season with 14 points and 24 boards. The sophomore forward recorded the most rebounds by a Mountaineer in a single game since Lanay Mountgomery in 2015 against Temple (24).

Kirsten Deans added 12 points. The trio each had three assists.

WVU led by seven just before the final media timeout. However, the Jayhawks didn’t go away without a fight.

After the break, Kansas made on a layup and Martinez responded with a jumper before the Jayhawks took advantage of a Mountaineer miscue to score on a fast break and come within two.

Jasmine Carson fouled Kansas’ Holly Kersgieter, who made both free throws, cutting WVU’s lead to two with 1:27 remaining.

The Mountaineers held off the Jayhawks’ effort down the stretch, and Gondrezick sealed the victory with a long 3.

WVU shot 39 percent from the floor and Kansas shot 38 percent. The Mountaineers made just 2-of-15 from beyond the arc.

WVU travels to Manhattan, Kansas, on Wednesday, March 3, for a matchup against Kansas State at Bramlage Coliseum. Opening tip against the Wildcats is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.


















The two teams’ shooting percentages were nearly identical in the final box, as the Mountaineers went 39% (28-of-71) from the floor and the Jayhawks shot 38% (24-of-64). West Virginia struggled beyond the arc, shooting just 13% (2-of-15), while Kansas shot 33% (3-of-15). However, WVU dominated the boards, grabbing 51 compared to KU’s 37.

Next up, West Virginia travels to Manhattan, Kansas, on Wednesday, March 3, for a matchup against Kansas State at Bramlage Coliseum. Opening tip against the Wildcats is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET. Wednesday’s game will be broadcast on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.

Cover Photo Credit: Brent Beerends

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Shanna Rose
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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