MORGANTOWN — It began this offseason, at the very least that’s the timeline J.J. Quinerly places on it, because the star guard tries to clarify the early success of the WVU ladies’s basketball staff.
“It’s simply from all of us being collectively,” Quinerly stated after scoring 21 factors Saturday to guide the Mountaineers to a 90-50 victory in opposition to St. Bonaventure. “All of us do every little thing collectively.”
A chemistry was in-built these early days since Mark Kellogg took over this system in March after transferring over from Stephen F. Austin.
Perhaps he didn’t precisely know what he again in April, as he tried to mesh six returners with seven newcomers and mildew them into his chaotic full-court urgent machine.
That’s modified over time.
“We’re simply studying. Each time we play, I hold saying we get new data,” Kellogg stated. “Most of it’s good, however there’s a few of it that isn’t so nice and a few of it’s most likely someplace within the center.”
The underside line with the Mountaineers (7-0): They may get up Sunday as one in all simply 21 remaining undefeated ladies’s groups within the nation.
“That really doesn’t shock me,” stated Quinerly, who had 21 factors whereas sitting out a lot of the fourth quarter in opposition to the Bonnies (2-5). “I might be extra dissatisfied if we weren’t.”
It’s one of the best begin the Mountaineers have needed to a season since 2017-18, when WVU started 13-0.
But it looks like only a few have seen exterior of Morgantown. The weekly AP Prime 25 is launched Sunday. Final week, WVU didn’t garner a single vote.
“We nonetheless have much more to show,” Quinerly stated.
What WVU has proved to this point is it’s turn into a staff constructed round chemistry and sharing the basketball, which inserts properly with its helter-skelter protection.
Quinerly is the go-to scorer, however she’s not a one-woman present. Jordan Harrison is the passer. Lauren Fields is the shooter and menacing defender.
Kyah Watson does a bit little bit of every little thing, whereas Jayla Hemingway and Tirzah Moore have turn into impression gamers coming off the bench.
WVU’s positives, to this point, have outweighed the negatives. There’ll probably come a time when the Mountaineers’ rebounding deficiencies will come into play.
Or there’ll quickly be opponents who aren’t turning the ball over 31 instances in opposition to WVU’s press, as St. Bonaventure did Saturday.
“It’s going to get tougher to try this within the Huge 12,” Kellogg stated. “I don’t know that we’re going to show folks over at this price at that stage.
“However that is who we wish to be. That is a part of our id.”
And few groups share the basketball just like the Mountaineers, who completed with 20 assists in opposition to St. Bonaventure. It’s the third time this season WVU has had at the very least 19 assists in a recreation.
“They’re good help numbers, however I feel they could possibly be significantly greater,” Kellogg stated. “Our help price isn’t dangerous in any respect. You have a look at final yr and it was like 11 per recreation. I wish to be 18, 19 or 20 a recreation.”
Harrison had eight of these, the third time this season she’s had at the very least that many.
“Jordan brings loads to the staff,” Hemingway stated. “She’s quick, fast and athletic. She’s an awesome ground common on the market for us. It’s actually enjoyable enjoying along with her.”
WVU hasn’t been nationally ranked since 2021. When Kellogg started molding the staff collectively — turning into WVU’s third coach in as a few years — prime 25 recognition was the least of his worries, but it may quickly turn into actuality.
“I feel we’ve made a press release of being this complete new staff once more after final yr, however we’ve nonetheless obtained extra to do,” Quinerly stated. “We’ve obtained plenty of good groups that we’re nonetheless attempting to beat, so we’ve obtained extra work to do.”