MORGNATOWN, W.Va. (AP) Naomi Davenport scored 19 points and Teanna Muldrow had 18 points and 12 rebounds to help No. 9 West Virginia beat Morehead State 66-56 on Thursday night.
Katrina Pardee added 14 points, and Chania Ray had 11 for the Mountaineers (12-0).
”(It was a) sloppy game,” coach Mike Carey said. ”I’m just glad this nonconference is over. I’m glad to start playing Big 12 games. We need to move forward.”
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Darianne Seward led the Eagles (9-4) with 23 points. Eriel McKee added 11 points, and Tierra McGowan had 10 rebounds.
”I thought we had a good battle tonight,” Morehead State coach Greg Todd said. ”It’s always tough for a smaller Division I team to come into such a great program, but we’ve been here the last three years and (I) felt like tonight we competed hard.”
West Virginiia led 42-33 at the half, and opened the second half with a 1-0 run.
The Eagles suffered their first loss in their seven-game trip spanning the month of December. They will start out OVC play with the second-best record in the conference.
The injury-plagued Mountaineers will hit the road for Texas to open Big 12 play against TCU and No. 8 Texas.
Morehead State: At Tennessee Tech to open Ohio Valley Conference competition Dec. 28.
West Virginia: At TCU to open Big 12 play on Dec. 28.
Morehead State heads to Tennessee Tech to open up Ohio Valley Conference competition on Dec. 28.
West Virginia begins their road trip at TCU to begin Big 12 play on Dec. 28.