MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Madina Ali had 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead No. 6 West Virginia to a 72-44 victory over Cincinnati on Saturday.
West Virginia (16-0, 3-0 Big East) remained one of two unbeaten teams in Division I. The other is No. 3 Duke (15-0). The Mountaineers extended the best start in school history and improved its school-record home winning streak to 28 games.
West Virginia scored the game's first seven points and never trailed, handing the Bearcats (8-7, 1-2) their seventh loss in 10 games.
Ali scored 10 points in the first half to help the Mountaineers to a 38-24 halftime lead.
The nation's top defense held Cincinnati to just 19.7 percent shooting (12 of 61) for the game and blocked a season-high 17 shots.
Shareese Ulis led Cincinnati with 16 points.
The Bearcats pulled to 46-36 on Jeanise Randolph's free throw with 11:52 left but they Bearcats got no closer. West Virginia finished the game on a 26-8 run.
The Mountaineers outscored the Bearcats 38-12 in the paint.