MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Behind a career-high 30 points by senior forward Teana Muldrow, No. 13 West Virginia overpowered Central Connecticut State 102-52 in their women’s basketball opener at the WVU Coliseum on Friday night.
Muldrow shot 11-of-19 to go along with a career-best 12 rebounds in 26 minutes. WVU outrebounded the Blue Devils 60-22 and enjoyed a 32-2 edge in points off turnovers.
Guard Naomi Davenport had 17 points, Kristina King 14 and Katrina Pardee 13 for the Mountaineers (1-0) who shot 53 percent.
“I saw some good things; I saw a lot of things we still need to work on,” WVU coach Mike Carey said. “For the most part, especially the first half, I thought we took care of the basketball. The second half, man, that last group that was in there was just throwing it all over the place, turning it over, no control.
“Defensively, a lot of breakdowns. We played some possessions at 2-3 zone. The same people that make the breakdowns in man-to-man made the breakdowns in the two-three (zone). (It was) just a lack of concentration and talking. We have to develop another five.”
Freshman guard Ashley Jones dished out nine assists for the Mountaineers, who finished with 21 as a team in the
Kianna Patterson scored 14 points for Central Connecticut State (0-1).
WVU scored the first five points and jumped out to a 14-5 lead when Pardee swished a 3-pointer. The Mountaineers took their first double-digit lead when freshman forward Destiny Harden recorded a steal and layup to make it 16-5.
The Mountaineers closed the first quarter on a 10-0 run, stretching their lead to 30-13.