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J.J. Quinerly injures knee, as No. 24 WVU closes out common season with win in opposition to TCU

MORGANTOWN — Put merely, Mark Kellogg known as it the closing of a chapter Saturday, because the No. 24 WVU girls’s basketball crew ended a three-game shedding skid with a 57-49 victory in opposition to TCU.

The subsequent chapter already has a short lived title: Uncertainty.

That’s as a result of WVU performed the ultimate 17:29 of the sport with out star J.J. Quinerly, who injured her knee after colliding with teammate Kylee Blacksten early within the third quarter.

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Quinerly was escorted again to the locker room and got here again out to the bench minutes later, however she solely watched the remainder of the sport with a towel draped over her head.

“J.J. is definitely the chief of this group on the court docket and also you by no means need to see anyone go down,” Kellogg stated. “I should not have any report as of proper now. I’m positive over the following couple of days, we’ll get a greater report on that one. Hopefully, we dodge a bullet and get her again quickly.”

That might be the most effective information for the Mountaineers (23-6, 12-6 Large 12), who concluded their first common season underneath Kellogg having exceeded expectations.

WVU followers seen that, too. Saturday’s crowd of three,789 boosted the season attendance common to 2,861 per house sport, the second-largest common in this system’s historical past.

Solely the 2010-11 season (3,103) averaged extra per season.

“Girls’s basketball is beginning to get the life it deserves and persons are beginning to discover it,” stated WVU guard Jayla Hemingway, who performed her last sport on the Coliseum and scored eight factors off the bench. “Realizing the individuals of Morgantown love the athletes and love to point out their assist, seeing them really present up for us is admittedly eye-opening. We actually recognize that.”

Quinerly’s standing — she had 14 factors earlier than happening — is now the main target for the Mountaineers, as a result of the following time they take the court docket will probably be in Kansas Metropolis, Mo. for the Large 12 event.

It’s doubtless WVU will enter that event because the No. 6 seed. Baylor hosts Oklahoma State on Sunday, and that sport will decide the ultimate numbers.

If Baylor wins, WVU is the No. 6 seed. If Oklahoma State wins, WVU strikes up the No. 4 seed. The highest 4 seeds earn a double-bye within the convention event.

“Do I care what seed? Positive. I’d like to be the best seed we are able to presumably be,” Kellogg stated. “Now, matchups and all that, I feel you need to watch out type of hoping you play a sure crew. I’ve all the time tried to steer away from that a little bit bit.”

As for Saturday’s sport, the Mountaineers bought a real sense of Quinerly’s worth to the crew.

Whereas she was within the sport, WVU constructed a 40-19 lead and held TCU (19-10, 6-12) and not using a level for practically 11 minutes within the first half.

With out her, TCU outscored WVU 30-17.

“We survived the third quarter and was nonetheless up 18 going into the fourth,” Kellogg stated. “We misplaced our approach within the fourth. We have been trying to find the suitable photographs, proper youngsters, proper time. Who actually desires it? We by no means actually discovered it.

“We have been defending nicely sufficient. I informed them that within the fourth quarter, I don’t know what the offense goes to appear to be, however you’re defending nicely sufficient to win this sport.”

WVU did drive 27 turnovers and its protection got here up with 16 steals.

Jordan Harrison and Quinerly each completed with 14 factors and Kyah Watson added eight factors and 7 rebounds.

TCU’s duo of Madison Conner and Sedona Prince mixed led the Horned Frogs. Conner had 18 factors and Prince completed with a double-double with 15 factors and 12 rebounds.