The West Virginia women’s basketball team will look to make its first Sweet Sixteen appearance since 1992, when they play Georgia Tech in the second of the NCAA Tournament.
The No. 4 seed Mountaineers beat the No. 13 seed Lehigh in the first round 77-53. The Mountaineers overall had a very sound game and were led by Kysre Gondrezick who had 26 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
“It was just a good game for us to kind of get the kinks out; we’ve been off for a week,” Gondrezick said. “We just had to our honor our assignment, honor the scout, and I think that we did that. Especially against a team like Lehigh, it was good for us to defend (a team with) kind of a Princeton offense set. In the tournament, you’re going to run against teams who will run all different types of things. And I think that’s probably one of the hardest offenses to guard.”
No. 5 seed Georgia Tech in the first round defeated No. 12 seed Stephen F Austin in a defensive battle 54-52 in overtime. Against Stephen F. Austin, Georgia Tech only shot 33.9% from the field and 12% from three while forcing 12 turnovers from Stephen F. Austin.
“But we need everybody in-rhythm for Georgia Tech,” head coach Mike Carey said. “You always play better in the second game. So, I look for us to come out and have a great game against Georgia Tech.”
Georgia Tech’s defense is what the Mountaineers will also cause concern as Georgia Tech is able to force you to turn the ball over and had seven steals in their first round game. The Mountaineers however are up to the challenge and know Georgia Tech can change defenses on you and have enough shooters to put up points.
“They’ll play man (defense). They’ll press you, they’ll trap, they’ll play zone,” Carey said. “They got a great five player in the post. They got some shooters around [her], some athletes. Then they have another guard that will drive you and shoot the three. They have a lot of talent.”
The game will be played at the UTSA Convocation Center in San Antonio, Texas, with a start time set for 5:30 p.m. and will be televised on ESPNU, with the winner advancing to the Sweet Sixteen to play either South Carolina or Oregon State.
(Top Photo: Elizabeth Garabedian)