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No. 24 Baylor survives career-game from J.J. Quinerly to comb WVU with 66-65 victory

MORGANTOWN — There are not any phrases at this time that may precisely describe the vary of feelings J.J. Quinerly should have felt Saturday.

The onerous fact — the one Quinerly didn’t need to hear after No. 24 Baylor walked out of the Coliseum with a stunning 66-65 victory — is that the WVU girls’s basketball star was not the trigger for the Mountaineers’ last-second loss.

She doesn’t consider that, it doesn’t matter what everybody else stated after the sport.

“That’s simply me, actually,” Quinerly stated. “I’m an individual, regardless of how effectively I do, regardless of what number of factors you see me placed on the board, I’m at all times going to consider the errors I made.”


In brief, Quinerly was a hero in opposition to the Bears (21-6, 10-6 Huge 12), actually prepared the Mountaineers into the lead late within the recreation after Baylor had taken a 64-54 lead with simply 3:17 remaining.

At that time, Quinerly put the Mountaineers (22-5, 11-5) on her shoulders and carried them with one drive to the basket after one other, after which a 3-pointer with 1:09 remaining to present WVU a 65-64 benefit.

“I’m not saying we didn’t should win, however Quinerly had such an unbelievable recreation,” Baylor coach Nicki Collen stated. “She was so good tonight.”

Quinerly was a hero, ending with a career-high 33 factors in a recreation the place she didn’t get a lot assist from teammates, who simply had essentially the most unlucky of moments.

With 7.9 seconds remaining, and WVU nonetheless clinging to the one-point lead, Quinerly mishandled an inbounds go. As she tried to get better, her momentum continued to hold her towards Baylor’s bench.

“The ball went within the air, I went to catch it and I bobbled it a bit of bit,” she stated. “Issues occur. You by no means know when sure issues are going to occur or if you’re going to make a mistake.

“It occurred they usually capitalized off of it.”

The ball hit off Quinerly’s knee and started to roll towards the nook, the place she and Baylor guard Jada Walker went diving after it.

Walker got here up with the ball and raced to the basket trying to make a game-winning shot, however Quinerly fouled her with 4.3 seconds left, her fifth foul of the sport.

Walker — a 78% free-throw shooter — harm her neck on the play, and so Collen subbed in guard Jana Van Gytenbeek, who was simply 8 of 10 from the road on the season.

Gytenbeek made each free throws for the successful margin, as Quinerly might now solely watch from the sidelines.

“Everybody goes to need to discuss that turnover late. It was an unlucky circumstance late,” WVU head coach Mark Kellogg stated. “It didn’t come right down to that one play. With out her, we wouldn’t have been in it.”

With out Quinerly, the Mountaineers have been heading for a a lot worse loss.

She started an out-of-nowhere 11-0 run with two free throws, after which adopted that up with a foul-line jumper.

Harrison, who added 16 factors for WVU, then scored a bucket on a driving lay-up, earlier than Quinerly adopted that up with a drive of her personal.

Impulsively, WVU had minimize the result in 64-62 with 1:27 remaining.

Quinerly gave the Mountaineers the lead with a 3-pointer with 1:09 left.

“I knew it was going to be good whereas the ball was nonetheless in my fingers,” Quinerly stated of the shot.

Kellogg stated the Mountaineers actually misplaced the sport within the third quarter, after the Bears got here out after halftime and outscored WVU 25-14 to take a 50-42 lead heading into the fourth.

“Our protection wasn’t that good,” Harrison stated of the third quarter. “Our rotations have been sluggish. We weren’t powerful in transition. We had some psychological breakdowns on protection.”

WVU also can level to the very fact it shot simply 3 of 17 from 3-point vary and beginning guards Lauren Fields and Kyah Watson didn’t issue into the sport offensively. They completed a mixed 0 for 11 taking pictures.

After Gytenbeek’s successful free throws, the Mountaineers had one ultimate probability.

Very similar to she did in opposition to Kansas State on Wednesday to ship that recreation into extra time, Harrison took the inbounds go and tried to go coast-to-coast with it.

Besides this time Baylor’s protection was set and Harrison’s shot was effectively contested on the buzzer and by no means reached the rim.

“That was fairly an ending,” Collen stated.

An ending Quinerly could by no means let herself neglect.

“I didn’t need it to occur, but it surely did,” Quinerly stated. “We will’t sit right here and dwell on it, regardless of how mad I need to be proper now. We nonetheless have stuff to do. We nonetheless have video games to play.”