West Virginia Travels to Iowa State Saturday

  • By Russell Luna
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  • February 17, 2017 11:19 AM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The West Virginia University women’s basketball team carries a two-game winning streak to Ames, Iowa, on Saturday, Feb. 18, for a 1 p.m. ET/noon CT matchup at Iowa State.
Dan Zangrilli and Meg Bulger will have the call on WMMN 920 AM in Fairmont/Morgantown, WVUsports.com and the WVU Gameday app. A video stream will be available at Cyclones.TV for a fee.
West Virginia (18-8, 6-8) and Iowa State (14-11, 5-9) will meet for the second time in two weeks. The Cyclones prevailed, 80-55,in Morgantown on Feb. 4 and limited the Mountaineers to a season-low 29.7 field goal percentage (19-of-64), while shooting 51.8 percent (29-of-56) from the field. Katrina Pardee led WVU with a team-high 16 points, while ISU’s Bridget Carleton tallied 31 points.
ISU has won three of its last five games, including a 79-68 win over Texas Tech on Wednesday. The Cyclones are averaging 74.7 points and surrendering 69.3 points to opponents. ISU leads the nation with an 80.9 free throw percentage (372-of-460) and is tops in the Big 12 with 8.1 made three-pointers per game.
Carleton leads Iowa State with 15.9 points per game and a team-best 52 three-pointers. She is the nation’s free throw percentage leader, knocking down 84-of-90 from the line for 93.3 percent. Seanna Johnson is second on the team with 15.3 points per game and leads the Cyclones with 8.2 rebounds per contest. Jadda Buckley is averaging 13.9 points per game and has dished out a team-leading 123 assists.
“They have a lot of people that can score, so if you leave them open they are probably going to score,” coach Mike Carey said about the Mountaineers’ last meeting with Iowa State. “They not only scored from the three, but they dribble-drove us and got into the paint and scored. We’ve just got to do a better overall job defensively. They are going to sag in their man and zone. We have to get movement and ball reversal inside-out. When they double down, not turn it over, kick it out and attack.”
Since the loss to ISU on Feb. 4, the Mountaineers have won two of three including a 66-59 win over 24th-ranked Kansas State on Wednesday. In that victory, Chania Ray registered her first career double-double with 14 points and 10 assists. Lanay Montgomery picked up her 18th career double-double and ninth this season with 12 points and 12 rebounds. West Virginia has knocked off at least two or more top 25 opponents in each of the last eight seasons.
WVU is averaging 75.8 points per game and limiting opponents to 61.5 points per contest. WVU is shooting 45.1 percent (717-of-1590) from the field and 36.2 percent (182-of-503) from three-point range.
Tynice Martin continues to lead the team and is second in the Big 12 with 17.6 points per game. Teana Muldrow follows with 14.3 points per game and is 16 points away from becoming the 33rd Mountaineer in program history to reach the 1,000-point plateau. Montgomery leads the league with a 68.4 field goal percentage (128-of-187).
West Virginia holds a 48 RPI and five top 100 RPI victories as of Friday, according to WarrenNolan.com. Following Saturday’s contest, the Mountaineers return home to face TCU in a 7 p.m. contest at the WVU Coliseum on Wednesday, Feb. 22. Tickets are $1 courtesy of United Bank. The second of three limited edition pint glasses will be given away to the first 300 fans at the Gold Gate.