MORGANTOWN - Bria Holmes had a career-high 31 points and Taylor Palmer surpassed the 1,000 point-mark on Saturday as No. 17 West Virginia defeated Kansas 84-44.
Holmes reached the 30-point mark on a pair of free throws with 3:34 left and Palmer achieved her career milestone on a 3-pointer with 2:52 left in the first half. Palmer was also the last Mountaineer to score 30 or more when she had 30 against Oklahoma on Jan. 3, 2013.
The Mountaineers ended the first half on a 26-5 run to lead 43-24 at halftime. Holmes made 5 of 8 3-pointers and had 19 points before the break.
Christal Caldwell added 17 points and Palmer finished with 13 for WVU (20-3, 9-2 Big 12) which finished 11 of 19 from 3-point range.
Palmer is the 30th player in WVU women's history to reach the 1,000-point plateau and the 12th to accomplish the feat under current coach Mike Carey.
"I was very happy for her [Taylor]," Carey said. "Thank God she hit her first shot so she could relax a little bit. Taylor has done a great job for us all four years and has done a great job accepting her role this year off the bench.
"Quite frankly, in her freshman year, I did not know who she was going to guard. Now, she can guard any of them, I do not care how quick they are. She knows what we want and what angles to take. She has gotten better every year and that is what we need off the bench."
Junior forward Averee Fields helped WVU to a 38-32 rebounding advantage, leading all players with seven boards. Junior guard Linda Stepney dished out seven assists. The Mountaineers finished with 25 points off 19 K-State turnovers, while limiting their own giveaways to 14. WVU had 14 fast break points, while stopping the Wildcats from having a single fast break.
The Mountaineers dominated the paint with 30 points to KSU's 18.
Leticia Romero scored 12 points for Kansas State (9-13, 3-8) which shot just 26.7 percent from the field.
The Mountaineers return to action Thursday with a 7 p.m. game at Oklahoma. West Virginia next plays in Morgantown a week from today, a 1 p.m. clash with TCU.