Women’s basketball star Tynice Martin reaches plea agreement on battery charge

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A West Virginia University women’s basketball star reached a plea agreement Wednesday on a charge of battery.

Under the agreement, senior guard Tynice Martin pleaded no contest inside Monongalia County Magistrate Court. Martin will be on probation for one year.

The terms of Martin’s probation include:

  • no contact with the victim
  • 50 hours of community service 
  • participation in the Monongalia County Day Report Center
  • complinace with all resolution terms through the West Virginia University Student Code of Conduct

If Martin were to violate the terms of her probation, she could face up to one year in jail and a $500 fine.

Martin, a senior guard, was accompanied by attorney Jason Wingfield of the firm Gianola, Barnum, Bechtel & Jecklin inside the courtroom.

Magistrate Tim Pocius accepted the plea agreement. 

Earlier Wednesday, Martin was named to the Women’s Citizen Naismith Trophy Watch List despite still being on suspension. 

Hours before the hearing, Mountaineer head coach Mike Carey had no comment on Martin’s status with the team, which begins regular season play Thursday against St. Francis.

According to a criminal complaint, police responded to Twigg Street in Morgantown for a reported domestic dispute on July 15.

An investigation showed Martin arrived at her ex-girlfriend’s house, entered the residence, and pulled the victim’s hair, according to the complaint.

Martin and another woman then allegedly pushed the victim against a storm door, where she was beaten, choked and shoved.

Martin was arraigned in Monongalia County Magistrate Court on Aug. 2, and suspended the following day.

Martin is averaging 15.6 points per game over three seasons at WVU. One year ago, she returned from a torn ACL that cost her the 2017-2018 campaign, and poured in a team-best 18 points per game.

With 1,588 career points, Martin is No. 11 on the school’s scoring list. She needs 527 points to become West Virginia’s all-time leading scorer.





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