By Phil Caskey for MSNsportsNET.com
January 18, 2010
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University’s women’s basketball team is ranked No. 16 in the latest edition of the Associated Press Top 25 poll, released today, receiving 432 points. WVU was ranked No. 18 in the poll last week.
West Virginia (17-1, 5-0) continues its best start in program history and has won 15 contests in a row, tying the second-longest streak in school history. It is the most consecutive wins since the Mountaineers won 22 in a row in 1991-92. WVU’s 5-0 BIG EAST start ties the school record for the best start conference start with the 1996-97 club.
The Mountaineers are fresh off a season sweep of Backyard Brawl rival Pitt after knocking off the Panthers 69-54 yesterday afternoon at the Petersen Events Center. Junior guard Korinne Campbell led five Mountaineers in double figure scoring with a team-high 15 points and nine rebounds in the contest.
For her efforts, Campbell, a Princeton, N.J., native was named to the BIG EAST weekly honor roll after helping WVU to a 2-0 week which also included a 45-41 home win against Villanova last Tuesday. Campbell averaged 12.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game last week for WVU.
West Virginia returns to action Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 6:30 p.m. when it takes on Marshall at the Charleston Civic Center. The contest will air on West Virginia PBS and will also air on MSN women’s basketball affiliated stations with play-by-play announcer Travis Jones and color commentator Jay Jacobs on the call.