By Grant Dovey for MSNsportsNET.com
March 23, 2010
AUSTIN, Texas – The No. 3-seeded West Virginia University women's basketball team fell to the No. 11 seed San Diego State Aztecs, 64-55, in the second round of the 2010 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament at the Frank Erwin Center on the campus of Texas.
"First of all, I'm very proud of our team, we had a great year," coach Mike Carey said. "It's a shame we had to end it this way, but they did a great job all year, did everything we asked of them."
The Mountaineers were led by junior Liz Repella, who finished with a double-double for the second-consecutive game with 17 points and 12 rebounds in the losing effort. Junior Sarah Miles finished with 15 points, while junior Vanessa House had 9 points.
Trailing at halftime, 28-21, the Mountaineers were able to get the deficit to five with 18:53 remaining with a layup from Miles. SDSU, however, went on a 6-0 run to bring the score to 36-25. A Miles layup at the 16:39 mark ended the run and started a WVU 8-0 spurt to bring the score to 36-33 with 15:18 remaining.
Paris Johnson ended the WVU run with 13:54 remaining, however, House countered that by hitting West Virginia's first 3 of the game to bring the game to 38-36, SDSU.
The Mountaineers were able to bring it within two once again after Repella hit her first 3-pointer of the game, followed by a jumpshot, to cut the SDSU lead to 47-45 with 7:48 remaining.
Miles hit a fastbreak layup to tie the game at 47-47 with 5:01 remaining, but SDSU's Jene Morris was able to break the tie with a fastbreak layup of her own with 4:17 left to bring the score to 49-47 and start a 8-0 run when Morris scored six points.
"The momentum was our way, towards us, and then, like Coach said, they got those two wide open layups, and it just shifted," Repella said. "That's basketball, momentum is always going to be shifting."
Junior Korinne Campbell and House made four consecutive free throws to bring the deficit to 55-51 with 1:33 remaining. Morris however, once again hit a jumper to extend SDSU's lead to 57-51. Miles was able to bring the ball down for a tough jumper with 46 seconds left to bring the game to 57-53. But it was too little, too late as SDSU was able to hit free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.
Morris ended the game with a game-high 27 points, followed by Quenese Davis who had 19 points. The Aztecs shot 23-of-52 (44.2%), including 4-of-8 from 3. Davis and Jessika Bradley also had eight rebounds apiece.
West Virginia opened up the first-half scoring with a layup from Miles to take an early 2-0. The two teams played back-and-forth until the score was in favor of SDSU at 10-9 with 9:39 remaining. Both teams were only 4-of-13 shooting at that point.
San Diego State then went on a 8-0 run started by a Morris 3-pointer to bring the score to 18-9. Freshman Asya Bussie ended the run with a layup to bring the score back to 18-11.
Repella made a jumpshot to put the Mountaineers down seven at the half.
"It's disappointing. That's how I feel," Miles said. "We'll be back next year, wherever the Final Four is. We'll definitely be there."
West Virginia had its best season in school history with 29 wins. Repella's 12 rebounds were a career high and NCAA Tournament high for WVU.