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No. 22 WVU bombards Cyclones with plethora of 3s

Five different Mountaineers finished in double figures to give West Virginia the 82-57 win over Iowa State in Ames, Iowa. With the win, they seal the No. 3 seed in the Big 12 Tournament.

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Ames, IA -- Heading into Monday's game, not only was West Virginia fighting for its third-straight win, but they were fighting for tournament position.

A win for No. 22 West Virginia (23-8, 12-6 Big 12) would make them the No. 3 seed in the Big 12 Tournament, putting them in good position to make a run.

And even though it was senior night in Ames, Iowa, West Virginia didn't let it faze them. The Mountaineers dominated Iowa State (13-16, 5-13 Big 12) 82-57 at Hilton Coliseum, handing the Cyclones their fourth straight loss.

"They're an outstanding team, playing at a really, really high level right now," said ISU coach Bill Fennelly. "[It's] just the same stuff for us. [If] you can't make shots, can't rebound, you're not going to be competitive."

West Virginia didn't waste any time Monday, opening up the game on a 12-0 run. In fact, they held the Cyclones scoreless for the first six minutes of play. Iowa State shot just 3-of-14 from the field in the opening quarter, putting them in a 20-8 hole after the first.

West Virginia carried that momentum from the first quarter into the second, extending their lead to 19 points. A brief 8-0 run by Iowa State gave them an opportunity to get back into the game, however five three-pointers, including three from Katrina Pardee, gave the Mountaineers a 42-27 lead heading into halftime.

West Virginia didn't let up in the second half, shooting 10-of-14 from the field and dropping 24 points to give them a 20 point lead heading into the final quarter. From there, the Mountaineers rode out the lead to give them the 82-57 win.

Five different Mountaineers finished in double figures on the night. Lanay Montgomery and Teana Muldrow and Pardee all finished with 14 points, and Bria Holmes and Tynice Martin finished with 13. West Virginia also shot 51 percent from the field and made 13 three-pointers on the night, nine of which came in the first half.

Seanna Johnson led the Cyclones with 21 points and 14 rebounds, her 14th double-double on the season. Johnson was away from the team last week spending time with her family in Minnesota after her father suffered a stroke. Jadda Buckley scored 10 points Tuesday night, and was the only other Cyclone to finish in double figures.

This was the final game of the regular season for both teams. They will take the court again at the Big 12 Tournament in Oklahoma City this weekend. Iowa State will take on Texas Tech in the first game of the tournament on Friday, and West Virginia will play Kansas State on Saturday.