Ali, Repella Lead Mountaineers in Win

By Julie Brown for
December 11, 2010 05:18 PM
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – Senior co-captains Madina Ali and Liz Repella led the ninth-ranked West Virginia women’s basketball team to their 10th consecutive victory of the season Saturday afternoon over Prairie View A&M at the Coliseum, 71-39.

With the win, the Mountaineers (10-0, 1-0 BE) are off to their best start in the history of the program. The previous best was in 2004-05 when the team opened the season with a 9-0 record. The game also marks the team’s 25th consecutive victory at home, continuing to set the school record for most wins at the WVU Coliseum.

Leading the team in scoring, Ali came up just shy of her fourth double-double of the season, putting up 20 points and pulling down nine boards in only 24 minutes of play. Not far behind, Repella put up 15 points of her own, while collecting four rebounds. Korinne Campbell and Vanessa House also contributed, combining for 16 points.

“I thought Madina Ali played hard today,” said coach Carey. “She really needed to bounce back from the Villanova game and get her confidence back and I thought she did that."

True freshmen Brooke Hampton and Jessica Harlee also added another solid game to their early careers, each having good performances. In her sixth start, Hampton had six assists, one steal and one block, while only turning the ball over once. She now has a total of 32 assists, and only five turnovers all season. Jessica Harlee had eight points on 4-of-8 shooting, while also notching three rebounds and two steals.

“Jessica (Harlee) comes in and plays hard,” commented coach Carey. “You know what you're going to get with Jess; she's going to come in and play as hard as she can and that's good. We'll continue to work with her on the offensive end, but she is going to come in and play as hard as anyone on the team. I love her energy off the bench and she does a lot of the dirty work when she gets in there.”

Led by Ayana Dunning who had two blocks and two steals, the Mountaineer defense effectively stifled the Panther (4-4) offense, holding them to 25.5 percent (12-of-47) accuracy from inside the arc while shutting down any 3-point game Prairie View might have had, holding them to 11.1 percent (1-of-9 accuracy) from the 3-point line.

“A lot of credit to our post players,” Repella said. “We have Asya (Bussie) and Yaya (Ayana Dunning) inside. They get double teamed and get it out to the open person. We have a presence inside and I think that helps.”

The first half Mountaineer defense proved much the same as the second half, holding Prairie View A&M to 23.1 percent (6-of-26) accuracy from the field, while also holding them to 14.3 percent (1-of-7) from beyond the arc during the first half. Led by Asya Bussie and Dunning, who collected two blocks each during the first half, the team had seven blocks and six steals, also forcing 13 turnovers from which they were able to capitalize and score 15 points.

Prairie View A&M was led by freshman guard Siarra Soliz, who scored 13 points while collecting four rebounds, and sophomore forward Latia Williams, who was just shy of a double-double of her own, scoring 12 points while pulling down nine boards.

The Mountaineers return to action on Saturday, Dec. 18, playing host to St. Francis in the second game of a double header with the men’s team. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m., and the game will be streamed live on, with live radio coverage being provided by Travis Jones and Jay Jacobs.

Latest Videos

Ross Vance and Max Nogay: Ohio State Post-game

Randy Mazey: Ohio State Post-game

Around the Horn With Randy Mazey

Hope Sloanhoffer: NCAA Championships Preview

Running Backs Coach JaJuan Seider

Quarterback Paul Millard