MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia returned to .500 in the Big 12 thanks to Teana Muldrow’s 11th double-double of the season and cold shooting by Kansas.
Muldrow finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Naomi Davenport added 15 points in a 76-46 romp Wednesday night.
Katrina Pardee also scored 13 points and Chania Ray dished out nine assists as the Mountaineers (19-7, 7-7) won their second straight game, albeit against one of the league’s worst teams, Kansas (11-14, 2-12).
The Jayhawks made only 25 percent of their shots from floor and fared even worse (5-of-25) from 3-point range.
“They had wide-open shots, so even though we won, I wasn’t happy,” West Virginia coach Mike Carey said. “Out of 40 minutes, I thought we did what we had to do defensively and offensively for about 15. We can’t beat Oklahoma playing 15 minutes. We can’t beat the rest of our schedule playing 15 minutes.”
The 46 points by the Jayhawks marked the fewest allowed by the Mountaineers in a Big 12 game since holding Kansas State to 44 on Feb. 6, 2016.
Despite playing in a bulky knee brace, Ray had nine points and only one turnover in 28 minutes.
“It’s huge, but it gets it done,” she said.
After sprinting out to a 22-4 edge, West Virginia took a 40-21 advantage into halftime with Muldrow pumping in 17.
The Mountaineers shot 52 percent.
“I thought they got out well in transition,” said Kansas coach Brandon Schneider. “We didn’t get a lot of great looks, but the open looks we did get, they collected the rebound, and I thought we didn’t get out in transition Not only did they hit a couple 3s, but they got a couple home runs.”
Kylee Kopatich led the Jayhawks with 12 points.
With an RPI of 51, West Virginia needs a strong regular-season finish to secure an at-large bid. Over the final two weeks it faces three of the four teams at the top of the Big 12 — Oklahoma, No. 21 Oklahoma State and No. 3 Baylor.
“They know what is in front of them,” Carey said. “We need a couple more wins.”