The West Virginia University women’s basketball team began European action with a 79-54 win over Barking Abbey at the Barking Abbey Leisure Centre on Saturday evening.
The Mountaineers went on a 21-0 run in the third quarter to pull ahead of Barking Abbey.
Sophomore Teana Muldrow led West Virginia with 17 points. Freshman Tynice Martin added 15.
The Mountaineers had five women in double-figure scoring. Alexia Brewer had 12 points. Katrina Pardee tallied 12 and Jessica Morton 10.
WVU’s defense was stellar. The Mountaineers outrebounded Barking Abbey 40-25. They forced 27 turnovers, had 11 steals and blocked five shots.
Despite the excellent defensive play, the Mountaineers were sloppy, committing 29 turnovers.
WVU took a 15-11 lead after a Pardee basket and a Muldrow steal and score, but Barking Abbey answered.
The Mountaineers jumped out to a 28-22 lead with a basket from Martin at the 3:50 mark of the second quarter.
Barking Abbey would tie the game with under a minute to play in the half before Morton put WVU back in front 33-31 in the final seconds.
Barking Abbey took a 37-35 lead when Christina Gaskin dropped a 3-pointer.
The Mountaineers took control when its defense stopped Barking Abbey, going on a 21-0 run to take a 60-41 lead at the end of the third quarter.
Lanay Montgomery grabbed a game-high eight rebounds and scored seven points in limited action.
Shanice Norton paced Barking Abbey with 17 points and Imani Washington pulled in five rebounds.
The Mountaineers will travel to Barcelona, Spain late on Sunday evening and will face off against the Catalan All Stars on Monday. It is Game 1 of a two game showdown.