MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Katrina Pardee’s perimeter shooting led to 23 points and No. 20 West Virginia forced 30 turnovers in overpowering Texas Tech 82-52 on Wednesday night in women’s basketball action.
Chania Ray and Teana Muldrow each finished with 18 points and four steals for the Mountaineers (17-4, 5-4), who sank 13-of-24 from 3-point range, buoyed by Pardee’s 6-of-9 shooting.
“We did a good job getting her the ball when she was hot,” said West Virginia coach Mike Carey.
Naomi Davenport added 14 points and five assists for the Mountaineers, who led 24-10 after the first quarter and never trailed.
“I’m proud of our girls,” Carey said. “We only won 17 regular season games last year and with all of these injuries we’ve won 17 now and we’ll win more. We’ll just keep fighting and doing what we do.”
Erin DeGrate scored 20 points for the Big 12’s last-place Red Raiders (7-13, 1-8), while Jada Terry had 10 points and eight rebounds.
Next up for West Virginia is Sunday’s matchup against No. 3 Baylor.
“We did not do a good job of defending the paint and the good news is we’ve got Baylor coming in with (Kalani) Brown at 6-7,” Carey joked.
“Obviously, we’ve got a lot of work to do on our paint. We didn’t (rotate) weak side and we didn’t get pressure on the ball. If you let Baylor lob that ball into Brown the way they did it’s going to be a long night.”