MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Redshirt junior Kysre Gondrezick netted a game-high 24 points as West Virginia pulled away from Saint Francis 74-45 in the Mountaineers’ season opener at the Coliseum.
Gondrezick connected on four of her eight attempts from three-point range in her first game in nearly twelve months. She sat out the majority of last season due to personal reasons.
“She had been scoring well in practice,” said WVU head coach Mike Carey. “And she shot the ball well in the scrimmage.”
Saint Francis hung around in the first half, taking a brief 28-27 late in the second quarter. West Virginia closed the first half on a 13-0 run and was never threatened in the second half.
All nine Mountaineers that entered the lineup played at least ten minutes as Carey continues to search for the right mix with his rotations.
“I’ve got to develop a bench this year,” Carey said. “That’s something we didn’t do last year. I am going to play a lot of people. I’ve got to find out what is the best combination.”
“As you see, we are still working on some of the kinks that we have defensively,” said Gondrezick. “And we are still learning our offensive sets right now and we’re trying to get better.”
Rochelle Norris and Kari Niblack joined Gondrezick in double figures, scoring ten points.
“A win is a win,” Niblack said. “It was ugly, very ugly for us. A lot of eye openers on what we are going to be working on the next two days in practice.”
‘I don’t know if I have patience, but I’ve got to have some patience,” Carey said. “The young players are going to make a lot of mistakes but I have to get them experience.”
All-American guard Tynice Martin was reinstated to the team shortly before tipoff. Martin was suspended in August after she was charged with domestic battery. On Wednesday, Martin entered a no-contest plea and will serve one year of probation. Martin was on the bench Thursday and will begin practice on Friday. Carey says she will not play in WVU’s next game against Presbyterian on Sunday and will be evaluated afterwards.
“I am very excited to have her back, needless to say,” Carey said. “She will make ten (players) and I think all ten can help us.”