MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Coach Mike Carey’s 250th victory at West Virginia became a runaway, but not before Coppin State made the Mountaineers sweat for a half.

Christal Caldwell scored 16 of her season-high 22 points after intermission when WVU stretched a three-point lead into an 88-56 blowout Tuesday night at the Coliseum.

“We played better in the second half, that’s it,” Carey said. “Give Coppin State credit. They didn’t back down. They came in and played hard.”

Taylor Palmer scored 18 points off the bench—15 in the second half—and Asya Bussie grabbed 11 rebounds as West Virginia (6-1) won its sixth straight game since dropping the opener to Ohio State.

Carey improved to 250-142 in 13 seasons at WVU and 538-244 overall.

“I’m going to say the same thing everyone else says: I’ve had a lot of great players, support and assistant coaches, but I just think you can win at West Virginia,” he said. “It’s a great place to coach. Hopefully I can win a few more.”

WVU shot only 33.3 percent from the field and went 0-for-5 on 3-point attempts in the first half before making 58.8 percent overall with 6-of-12 shooting on 3s in the second half.

“There were shots that we passed up in the first half, then we forced it and turned it over. We only had six turnovers in the second half. We have to be aggressive,” Carey said.

Coppin State (3-4) made 42.9 percent of its shots in the opening half, but only 27.3 percent after the break.

West Virginia women’s coach Mike Carey

Kyra Coleman and Ashle Craig led the Eagles with 15 and 14 points, respectively.

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  • Billy

    I wish more of the ladies games were on tv or the radio. In the southern part of the state it is hard to even find the scores, without the internet.

    • Woodchuck

      I agree with you Billy. I have to search everywhere to follow the girls? I can get scores on ESPN app on my iPad but would love to follow them on the radio. TV I guess would be out of the question.

  • WV alum

    We like your record and your blue shirt and gold tie!

  • Becky

    Now here's a coach at WVU that deserves a big bump in his contract. He is the lowest paid coach in the Big 12 women's bball. Someone is going to come after him in the near future if WVU doesn't step up and pay him what he is worth.

    • Say What?

      When coach Carey fills at least half the seats in da Coloseum, then, and maybe , he will be offered some extra coin.

    • chris

      He is doing a very good job. He wins and he brings respect to the University, at least on the women side. Give him a raise. Never been a media circus over him.