MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Charleston Southern was unable to put a stop to a strong offensive performance put up by No. 22 West Virginia, falling to the Mountaineers 88-38 in their season-opener at WVU Coliseum.
The Mountaineers never trailed in the contest and had three players put up 17 points apiece. Senior center Lanay Montgomery had 17 points and 18 rebounds for WVU. Sophomore guard Tynice Martin and junior forward Teana Muldrow also recorded 17 points for a Mountaineers offense that shot 51% from the floor as a team.
Sophomore guards Rachel Burns and Ke'Asia Jackson were the only double-digit scorers for the Buccaneers, with each player recording 10 points. During the first period, Burns made two of CSU's three baskets, including one three-pointer. Two minutes into the second half, Jackson showed her hot hands with back-to-back three-pointers.
Burns dominated defensively for the Bucs, with the underclassman tying her career-high of eight rebounds in the contest. The Mountaineers had 20 assists on 32 baskets and a 60-31 rebounding advantage over the Buccaneers. The tough loss for CSU made for WVU's 25th consecutive nonconference win at home.
Charleston Southern will be back in their own territory as they host Southern Wesleyan in their season home-opener on Tuesday. Tipoff at the Buc Dome is set for 5:30 p.m.