WVU to Face Concord in Exhibition


Women's Basketball
By Katie Kane for WVUsports.com
October 31, 2013 02:47 PM
 
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. The West Virginia University women’s basketball team will tip off the 2013-14 season with Haunted Hoops presented by Coke Zero, an exhibition game against Concord at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, at the WVU Coliseum.
 
The Mountaineers celebrate 40 years of women’s basketball this season, returning five seniors, five additional letterwinners from last season and the addition of three newcomers to the squad. WVU is looking for a fifth consecutive NCAA appearance this season and has made nine postseason appearances in the last 10 years.  
 
The Mountaineers return four starters from last season’s squad that went 17-14 overall and 9-9 in Big 12 play, along with the addition of Asya Bussie, who returns from an ACL injury. Prior to her redshirt season, Bussie led the Mountaineers in scoring with 12.1 points per game on 53.2 percent shooting. She was the team leader in blocked shots in back-to-back seasons and reached her 1,000-point milestone as a junior.
 
Along with the return of Bussie, guard Christal Caldwell enters her senior season after leading the Mountaineers in both scoring (13.1 ppg) and steals (51) last season. The All-Big 12 First Team member had 22 double-digit scoring outings last season, including six 20-point scoring games, and led WVU in the scoring column 13 times, the most of any player on the team.
 
Senior Taylor Palmer led WVU in 3-point shooting with 63 last season and rounds out WVU’s top three scorers as she averaged 9.9 points per game. Also returning for her senior season at guard is Brooke Hampton. Hampton averaged 9.1 minutes per game last season and has 15 career starts to her name at the point position. Like Bussie, Jess Harlee returns for her final year after recovering from a torn ACL in the final regular-season game of the 2012-13 season. Harlee has rehabbed and is ready to come back 100 percent. The Bel Air, Md., native held the second-highest steals total (43) for WVU last season and is one of the team’s leaders when it comes to its defensive scheme as she was named to the Big 12 All-Defensive Team.
 
The Mountain Lions are coached by 13th year coach Kenny Osborne. Concord has seven upperclassmen on this year’s roster, led by junior forward Rachel Artrip, who averaged 11.4 points per game in all 29 games played last season. Atrip recorded 34 3-pointers as the team’s returning 3-point shooting leader. Behind Artrip, junior guard Stephanie Wagner averaged 10.1 points per game and added 29 3-pointers for the Mountain Lions. Junior Jacqueline Kestner is the team’s returning leading rebounder with 6.6 rebounds per game. Kestner also averaged 7.0 points per game with 19 threes last season.
 
Haunted Hoops presented by Coke Zero is a Halloween-themed first look at the 2013-14 WVU women’s basketball team. The evening’s events will include trunk or treat starting at 5:30 p.m. in the Coliseum parking lot, several children’s activities in the concourse, a highlight video of last season and performances from the cheerleaders and dance team.
 
The event is free and open to the public. WVU Coliseum gates open at 6 p.m., and fans are encouraged to wear their Halloween costume.  The exhibition game will air live on the radio on Variety 101 (100.9 FM) in Morgantown and online at WVUsports.com from the Mountaineer Sports Network at IMG with Jeff Culhane on the call. 



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