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Barring any setbacks, J.J. Quinerly more likely to play for WVU within the Huge 12 match

MORGANTOWN — With a sore knee and a historical past of enjoying by ache, it’s probably J.J. Quinerly might be in West Virginia’s lineup Friday night time when the Mountaineers play within the Huge 12 match.

“She’s day-to-dayish,” WVU head coach Mark Kellogg mentioned Monday. “That doesn’t imply she may play tomorrow, nevertheless it most likely seems to be slightly higher now than what we have been pondering after the sport.”

Quinerly banged her proper knee towards teammate Kylee Blacksten within the opening minutes of the second half final Saturday towards TCU.

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WVU held on for a 57-49 victory with out her to complete in a three-way tie for fourth place within the Huge 12. The Mountaineers (23-6, 12-6 Huge 12) fell to the No. 6 seed within the league match due to the tiebreaker.

WVU, which misplaced three of its final 4 video games within the common season, additionally dropped out of the AP Prime 25 Monday, however is No. 22 within the NCAA’s NET rankings.

As for Quinerly, it’s believed she’s coping with a deep bruise.

“I don’t know what you’ll technically diagnose it as,” Kellogg mentioned. “It’s a knee damage. We received some imaging, however we’re ready for another outcomes to find out the severity of it. I believe it’s on the lesser aspect. Hopefully we are able to dodge a long-term bullet.”

It’s the second consecutive season Quinerly, a probable first-team all-Huge 12 participant who averages 19.4 factors per sport, has needed to take care of ache late within the season.

She severely twisted her ankle within the Huge 12 match final season, solely to come back again and play 37 minutes towards Arizona within the first spherical of the NCAA match.

“She’ll have a possibility to play right here, sooner reasonably than later, I believe,” Kellogg mentioned.

The Mountaineers will journey to Kansas Metropolis, Mo. not figuring out who their first opponent might be.

Cincinnati and UCF play Thursday night time within the play-in spherical. The winner will play WVU at 9 p.m. Friday contained in the T-Cellular Heart.

“As we get to Wednesday or Thursday, we’ll begin to put within the sport plan after which tweak it as soon as you understand who you’re going to play,” Kellogg mentioned. “They’re considerably related groups, so the sport plan doesn’t have to vary a ton primarily based on who you play.”

WVU went 2-0 towards each groups in the course of the common season.

The Mountaineers are at the moment projected as a No. 7 seed within the NCAA match, however week in Kansas Metropolis may definitely transfer them up.

If WVU wins on Friday, it will advance to face Sixteenth-ranked Kansas State on Saturday.

Apart from a 21-point loss towards Texas, WVU performed properly towards the highest 4 seeds within the Huge 12.

WVU beat Oklahoma, the No. 1 seed, and cut up two video games towards Iowa State, the No. 4 seed.

The Mountaineers took Kansas State — the No. 3 seed — to time beyond regulation on the highway earlier than shedding by 9 factors.

“We’ve been in nearly each single sport and had alternatives to win,” Kellogg mentioned. “I believe we go in with a whole lot of confidence figuring out we are able to play and beat most groups on this league.”