That kind of day for West Virginia Sunday in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Played well early and had a 16-10 lead but got blistered in the second quarter, the one that ended with this omen.
Never got close in the second half, never got Tynice Martin going, never got around the season-long struggle against depth. And thus ends another good run by Mike Carey.
Carey said his team “quit playing” during the game, and bemoaned the injuries that left his team thin all season long.
“We wear down, or somebody’s not scoring, they don’t play hard on the other end,” Carey said. “We just don’t have the bench to put other people in and correct it. That’s why I’m so frustrated. I’ve gotta to live with a lot of stuff I don’t normally live with because we just don’t have the numbers.”
The Terps never allowed West Virginia closer than 12 points after halftime. Martin missed her final 12 shots and didn’t score a point in the second or third quarters.
Maryland center Brionna Jones, who had just four points and sporadic offensive touches in the first quarter, came alive to finish with a game-high 22 points and 11 rebounds.
“I’m very proud of [our seniors] and I’m proud of our team, [but] we didn’t have it tonight,” Carey said.
“We just didn’t play hard enough and do the things we need to do to compete against a great team like Maryland.”