West Virginia rolls past KU women; Carey wins 600th

Sunday, January 17, 2016

— Kansas University’s women’s basketball team committed 25 turnovers and had 10 shots blocked by West Virginia.

The result was a predictably lopsided loss — 72-35 on Saturday at WVU Coliseum.

WVU (15-4 overall, 4-2 Big 12) turned those turnovers into 21 points in handing KU (5-12, 0-6) its eighth straight loss. It was the 600th career victory for Mountaineers coach Mike Carey.

“First off, I congratulate coach Carey on his 600th win,” KU coach Brandon Schneider said. “That’s obviously a significant achievement for any coach, and he’s done a great job for a long time. I give him a tremendous amount of respect for how he operates his program and how hard he gets his girls to play. Again, completely disruptive for us, probably not the opponent that we need to be playing with the youthful team that we have and our ineptness on the offensive end.

“They were a big reason for that. They really make it difficult for you to turn the ball from one side of the floor to the other, and when you do turn it over and take a bad shot, they are terrific in transition.”

Sophomore guard Lauren Aldridge led KU with 10 points. Freshman guard Kylee Kopatich had nine points and seven rebounds.

West Virginia’s junior center Lanay Montgomery dominated with a 14-point, 17-rebound double-double performance, her fourth of the season. The Big 12’s second-leading shot blocker had a team-high three blocks. Freshman guard Tynice Martin came off the bench to score a game-high 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting, while WVU senior guard Bria Holmes matched Montgomery’s point total with 14 points and added five assists.

Kansas will host Kansas State at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Allen Fieldhouse.