WVU Hits the Road for Stillwater

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.  – The No. 17/16 West Virginia women’s basketball team hits the road for a two-game swing this week, first stopping in Stillwater on Wednesday for an 8 p.m. tilt at No. 24 Oklahoma State at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

West Virginia is coming off a 76-74 overtime loss to TCU on Sunday at home. Junior guard Naomi Davenportand senior guard Chania Ray led the Mountaineers with 17 points in the game. Senior forward Kristina King, playing in her third game back from injury, had her second double-double of the season with 10 points and a team-best 12 rebounds.

Ray has been a mainstay for the Mountaineers, playing a career-high 45 minutes on Saturday. It was her 10th complete game of the season. Ray has played 40 minutes in six straight games, playing every minute of every Big 12 game this season.

WVU and OSU will square off in the 13th meeting all-time and 11th in Big 12 play on Wednesday.
The series is tied 3-3 at Gallagher-Iba Arena, with Oklahoma State winning 67-63 in the most recent meeting in Stillwater. WVU has won two of the last three contests between the two. The teams met twice in nonconference play – at the Charleston Civic Center in 1999 (W, 80-76) and in Stillwater in 2000 (L, 95-62). It’s slated to be an exciting defensive matchup as the Mountaineers rank first in the league in steals per game (11.2) while the Cowgirls are second (9.6).

Ranked No. 24 in the latest AP Poll and receiving votes in the USA TODAY Sports Coaches Poll, Oklahoma State boasts a 12-4 overall record and a 3-2 mark in league play. The Cowgirls are a perfect 10-0 at home this season. Like the Mountaineers, the Cowgirls are coming off a loss as they dropped an 80-64 tilt at Kansas State on Saturday.

OSU is averaging 85.6 points and 41.1 rebounds per game and is shooting 45.8 percent from the field, 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 70.5 percent at the free-throw line. Guard Loryn Goodwin averages a team-best 21.4 points per game, with three of five starters averaging in double figures. Goodwin also has a team-leading 83 assists on the season. Senior center Kaylee Jensen paces the team with 9.9 rebounds per game.

“They’ll be ready,” West Virginia coach Mike Carey said. “They’re very physical. They have two post players we’ve played against the last two years that are very physical. They have a graduate student who’s one of their leading scorers and is doing very well. And they have a nice freshman guard, so they have a nice team.”

WVU senior forward Teana Muldrow is tied with OSU’s Jensen for a league-leading eight double-doubles on the season. Muldrow also boasts a league-leading 11 20-point performances this season and tops the Big 12 with nine 20-rebound games this season.

The Mountaineers dropped to No. 16 in the most recent USA TODAY Sports Coaches Poll after ranking 15th last week. They came in at No. 17 in the Associated Press Top 25, released Monday.

West Virginia remains on the road, traveling to Ames, Iowa, on Saturday to square off against Iowa State. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. ET inside Hilton Coliseum.