MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Kysre Gondrezick scored 15 points as West Virginia pummeled James Madison 85-54 on Sunday night at the Coliseum.
Kirsten Deans and Madisen Smith each had 13 points. Esmery Martinez notched a double double with 11 points and 21 rebounds. Jasmine Carson added 10 points for the Mountaineers (5-1).
Brianna Tinsley and Peyton McDaniel both tallied 14 points for the Dukes (4-2). Kiki Jefferson had 10 points.
WVU jumped out to a 24-13 lead at the end of the first quarter, capitalizing on four JMU miscues.
In the second half, the Mountaineers continued to dominate the Dukes. Junior Kari Niblack’s driving layup was the first points of the frame. Then Smith gave WVU a 28-13 advantage.
Smith, Deans and Jayla Hemingway each drained 3s, pushing the Mountaineers lead to 41-19. The 3-point brigade was the beginning of a 19-9 run. WVU led 5-24 at the half.
But the Mountaineers weren’t done there. Niblack came out and scored in the lane. Deans followed by completing a three-point play.
Carson was the story of the second half. The transfer sank a pair of 3-pointers and WVU jumped out to a 70-34 lead into the final quarter.
“We came out and shot the ball in the first half and got close to (being) up by 40,” head coach Mike Carey said. “Then, it got really sloppy. We started doing a lot of substituting. We gave up too many offensive rebounds and turned it over too much. Other than that, I thought we shot the ball pretty well. We did go inside a lot more than we have been, so I was happy to see that. I was just told (sophomore forward) Esmery (Martinez) had 21 rebounds. That was the first time since the 1984-85 season that a women’s basketball player has done that, so that’s great. Olivia Bradley was the last woman to do it. Esmery is a big-time rebounder. She’ll continue. She is only a sophomore, so she’ll continue to make records.”
The Mountaineers forced 19 JMU turnovers. WVU had a 55-35 advantage on the glass over the Dukes.
The Mountaineers shot 48 percent from the floor, 60 percent from outside the arc and 70 percent from the charity stripe.
JMU shot 31 percent from the field, 19 percent from 3-point range and 63 percent from the line.
WVU travels to Stillwater to take on Oklahoma State on Friday night.
Cover Photo Credit: Dale Sparks-WVU Sports