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WVU enters Large 12 play undefeated after 103-52 victory in opposition to Niagra

MORGANTOWN — The primary chapter to Mark Kellogg’s time because the WVU girls’s basketball coach got here to an in depth Thursday.

The title: Excellent, thus far.

“To be 11-0, fairly good,” Kellogg mentioned after the Mountaineers took out Niagra 103-52 contained in the Coliseum. “I feel it’s solely the fourth time at school historical past that any group has began 11-0. Wasn’t positive, truthfully, once we had been right here months in the past if that is the place we’d be sitting and be undefeated.”

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Kellogg made no guarantees when he was launched as WVU’s coach again in April, but optimism has been delivered in his first season.

J.J. Quinerly has delivered, too. She led 5 scorers in double figures with 18 factors and in addition added 5 assists and 4 steals.
Her run of 5 consecutive 20-point video games got here to an finish, not that it mattered, because the Mountaineers closed out their nonconference schedule with the win.

WVU grew its lead early and compelled a season-high 32 turnovers. The Mountaineers recorded 25 steals, probably the most they’ve had in a sport since 2011 they usually broke the 100-point barrier for the second time this season.

Extra importantly, it was the kind of effort WVU didn’t have in its final sport, a five-point win in opposition to Wright State during which most issues went incorrect for WVU.

“Us coming again the final couple of days, we simply went over a number of issues,” Quinerly mentioned. “We acquired stubborn out just a little bit. We got here again with the mentality that we have to end this sport out and we have to play our manner and to our requirements.”

Up subsequent is the true problem for WVU with the beginning of Large 12 play and a street journey to Kansas on Dec. 30.

Not will the Mountaineers should surprise in the event that they’re for actual, as a result of they’re about to search out out.

“The depth of the league is just a little totally different than on the mid-major degree,” mentioned Kellogg, who got here to WVU from Stephen F. Austin. “You may have a look at the schedule and suppose if we maintain enterprise we are able to string collectively some wins. You have a look at the Large 12 schedule and also you surprise the place that run goes to come back?”

The depth of the Large 12 could possibly be a sort of gauntlet. The Mountaineers had been one among 10 girls’s groups to stay undefeated by means of Thursday’s video games.

The Large 12 has 4 of them: WVU, No. 5 Texas, No. 10 Baylor and No. 25 TCU.

“Loads of good competitors,” Quinerly mentioned. “With the entire new groups which have come within the Large 12, there’s going to be some good competitors and nice video games.”

WVU guard Lauren Fields bounced again from a scoreless effort in opposition to Wright State to complete with 14 factors.

Kyah Watson had an all-around efficiency with six factors, eight rebounds and 5 steals.

Jordan Harrison additionally had 14 factors and 7 assists, but in addition 9 turnovers and Jayla Hemingway got here off the bench so as to add 13 factors.