MORGANTOWN — There have been a variety of unknowns concerning the West Virginia ladies’s basketball workforce coming into this season. There was a very good group of returning gamers, however a brand new coach introduced in a brand new system and a lot of new faces as properly.
Following a profitable journey to the San Juan Shootout in Puerto Rico the place the workforce went 3-0 final week, the Mountaineers are feeling like they know themselves lots higher.
“We received a variety of details about our workforce,” first-year head coach Mark Kellogg stated Wednesday. “Some good, some unhealthy, some proper there in between. You get a variety of info while you play that many video games in a brief time frame.”
The Mountaineers (6-0) performed three video games in three days in San Juan, defeating George Washington 54-51, Charlotte 84-56 and Southern Illinois 73-55.
“It was principally basketball targeted as a result of the three video games in three days doesn’t help you do a complete lot exterior of basketball,” Kellogg stated. “After all getting the three wins was the enterprise aspect of it and we had been capable of accomplish that.”
WVU performed blistering protection throughout the week, holding all three groups beneath 60 factors and properly beneath 50% capturing.
“We got here out with three wins and that was the general objective of the journey,” senior guard Lauren Fields, who transferred from Arizona, stated. “I believe that journey helped us discover our identification.”
The workforce has additionally turned opponents over at a excessive fee this season. WVU averages 14.2 steals per sport whereas opponents common 24 complete turnovers. The Mountaineers have to this point turned that into 26 factors per sport off of turnovers.
Fields leads WVU with 19 steals, however 4 Mountaineers are already in double-digits simply six video games into the season.
“The offense remains to be too inconsistent for me,” Kellogg stated. So at occasions we’re good and at occasions not so good. We’re turning folks over on protection which is resulting in some offense, however we’re additionally lacking layups at a reasonably excessive fee in transition. If we’ve the power to show folks over, we have to convert these a bit bit greater than what we’re doing.”
The opposite factor the WVU protection has excelled at is defending three-pointers. Opponents are capturing simply 17.8% from three towards WVU and averaging simply 2.7 made threes per sport.
“It’s in all probability not sustainable on the fee we’re taking part in proper now,” Kellogg admitted. “It’s one thing you need to do, the analytics say don’t quit layups on the rim and don’t quit open threes. We might quit sure different areas typically, however these are issues we’re okay with.”
“We make folks play sooner,” Fields provided. “They’re taking part in at a quick pace so that they’re not capable of take their time, get set and get off catch-and-shoot three-point photographs.”
West Virginia returns to the Coliseum on Saturday for a sport towards St. Bonaventure (ESPN+). Tip-off was moved as much as midday in order to not battle with the lads’s soccer workforce’s NCAA quarterfinal match towards Loyola Marymount at 2 p.m.
The Mountaineers will then play a stunning Penn State workforce on Monday (6 p.m./ESPN+). The Nittany Lions are 6-1 with only a one-point loss to No. 8 USC blemishing their file.