VSR: Caldwell Named Athlete of the Week

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  • By Grant Dovey
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  • January 23, 2012 10:51 AM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Christal Caldwell led West Virginia to a pair of wins this week as she averaged 15.0 points per game and 10.5 rebounds per game on 44 percent shooting from the field.

Caldwell has recorded double-figure scoring numbers in each of the last seven games. She opened the week with a 13 point and nine rebound outing in the win over in-state rival Marshall, and paved the way to a 54-43 win over Pitt on Saturday with the first double-double of her career with 17 points and 12 rebounds.

Caldwell shot 44.4 percent (4-9) from the field at Marshall and 43.8 percent (7-16), including a perfect 2-for-2 from 3-point range at Pitt.

In addition she dished out an assist and grabbed three steals for the week. In conference only games, Caldwell is the second-leading scorer for WVU as she averages 12.8 ppg and rounds out the top three overall with 10.5 ppg.

WVU Athletes of the Week
Spring 2012
Week 1: Rachael Burnett, Women’s Swimming
Week 2: Hope Sloanhoffer, Gymnastics
Week 3: Christal Caldwell, Women's Basketball

This Week in Women’s Basketball
The Mountaineers return home to continue BIG EAST play on Tuesday, Jan. 24, against No. 19/17 Georgetown, and will close out the week on Saturday against Marquette ... tipoff is 7 p.m. for each game. Saturday’s game will be broadcast live on WVPBS.

Last Week in Women’s Basketball
The Mountaineers took a pair of wins last week from Marshall 69-57 at the Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic on Tuesday, before taking a 54-43 win at Pitt on Saturday.

Notes & Quotes
Taylor Palmer was named the Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic Player of the Game for WVU after leading all players in scoring with 17 points, including three 3-pointers … WVU never let up the lead against Marshall or Pitt … Christal Caldwell has recorded double-figure scoring numbers in each of the last seven games … Caldwell’s double-double at Pitt was the first of her career … the Mountaineers are now 5-2 in BIG EAST play.

This Week in Swimming & Diving
The WVU women’s squad will be in action for its final dual meet of the season at Ohio on Saturday, Jan. 27, at 5 p.m. The men will be idle.

Last Week in Swimming & Diving
Despite some key swims from both teams, the WVU swimming and diving teams fell at Maryland on Saturday afternoon ... the men’s squad fell 180-120, while the women were defeated 202-97.

Notes and Quotes
Rachael Burnett was able to swim to two first-place finishes in the 200 free (1:49.44) and the 500 free (4:52.78), as well as a second-place finish in the 100 free (52.16) ... Kata Fodor also added a first for the women in the 1000 free (10:07.42), while taking third in the 500 free (4:56.96) ... Mandie Nugent took first in the 200 fly (2:01.81) and second in the 100 fly (56.22) ... Taylor Camp led the men with two first-place finishes in the 100 fly (49.20) and 200 fly (1:50.83), while Hugh Simmonds took second in the 200 free (1:41.66) ... Bryce Bohman finished first in the 100 back (49.48), with Brandon Carr finishing third (51.19) ... Bohman also had a third-place finish in the 100 fly (50.44) and Carr took second in the 200 IM (1:54.41) ... Tim Squires swam to a close first place in the 50 free (20.50) and took second in the 100 free (45.98).

This Week in Track & Field
The Mountaineers compete next weekend, Jan. 27-28, at the Penn State National in State College, Pa. … the meet is scheduled to begin at 4:45 p.m. on Friday, while Saturday’s events will begin at 10 a.m.

Last Week in Track & Field
WVU hosted the WVU State Farm Games last Saturday at the Shell Building … two athletes, senior Kate Harrison and junior Kaitlyn Gillespie, earned BIG EAST qualifying times in the 5,000-meter run as Harrison finished in 17:23.99 and Gillespie followed closely in 17:24.01 … already qualified to compete at BIG EAST, pole vaulter Katlyn Shelar earned a career- and season-best height of 3.77 meters in the event … sophomore Jenna Barreto earned a personal-best mark of 58.83 seconds in the 400-meter dash … high jumpers Sydney Cummings and Katelyn Williams posted top marks in the event as Cummings placed first at 1.73 meters while Williams posted 1.68 meters … 4x400 relay runner Brittany Wolford, Barreto, Chene Townsend and Shakiyla Cosby led the field with at 4:02.29 finish … four others posted top finishes, including Lauren Moskal (mile, 5:16), Shannen Daly (500m, 1:19), Alex Klauke (800m, 2;27), and Alanna Pritts (weight throw, 13.66m).

Notes and Quotes
Eight Mountaineers have now qualified for the BIG EAST Indoor Championships that occur in early March … the list includes Stormy Nesbit (triple jump), Terina Miller and Heather Adams (weight throw), Katlyn Shelar (pole vault), Meghan Mock (long jump) and Sydney Cummings (high jump), and runners Kate Harrison and Kaitlyn Gillespie (5,000-meter run) … the Mountaineers look to achieve Top-20 finishes for a fifth consecutive year in both indoor and outdoor track ... returning All-Americans from last season include Chelsea Carrier-Eades, Harrison, Sarah-Anne Brault, Mock, Katelyn Williams and Jessica O’Connell.

This Week in Wrestling
WVU will take on Lock Haven on Friday at 7:30 p.m., and then take on Rutgers on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Last Week in Wrestling
WVU opened it Eastern Wrestling League schedule with contests against Bloomsburg and Clarion ... in Saturday’s match against the Huskies, the Mountaineers lost 25-10, but they rebounded on Sunday afternoon with a 23-20 win over the Golden Eagles.

Notes and Quotes
Sunday afternoon’s match was an exciting back and forth tussle that saw heavyweight Brandon Williamson win the match for the Mountaineers ... Williamson took a 3-1 decision in the final match of the contest that moved WVU to 4-3 overall and 1-1 in the EWL ... Williamson, who is a redshirt senior moved his record to 17-6 on the season and he has now won four matches in a row, including wins over opponents from Maryland and Michigan State ... redshirt sophomore Nathan Pennesi collected two wins this weekend and moved his team leading win total to 21 ... redshirt senior Matt Ryan earned the 20th pin of his career on Sunday afternoon and is now one pin away from entering the top five in program history.

This Week in Gymnastics
The No. 25 Mountaineers return to the WVU Coliseum and play host to East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) foe George Washington and Towson on Sunday, Jan. 29, at 1 p.m. … retired 37-year coach Linda Burdette-Good will return for the meet and will be recognized.

Last Week in Gymnastics
The Mountaineers (3-1, 2-0 EAGL) used a comeback effort for its first road win of the season, a 193.475-193.225 victory at Bowling Green, on Jan. 21 … WVU split the meet with the Falcons, scoring wins on bars (47.85-47.55) and beam (48.1-48.0), and losing on vault (48.675-48.575) and floor (49.0-48.95) … sophomore Hope Sloanhoffer finished first overall with a score of 39.075, while senior Tina Maloney finished third with a 38.625 mark … the Mountaineers trailed after one rotation, 48.675-47.85, but a 48.575 effort on vault put WVU ahead for good in the second rotation … Sloanhoffer finished the meet with a win on vault (9.825) and second-place showings on bars (9.775) and vault (9.7) … her bars score tied a career high … junior Alaska Richardson won floor outright with a career-best 9.85 score.

Notes & Quotes
The Mountaineers improved to 8-5 over BGSU … the squad’s victory was its first at an opponent’s gym since winning at North Carolina on March 13, 2010 … Sloanhoffer’s all-around score was her second 39.0-plus mark of the season … senior Nicole Roach scored a season-best 9.75 on bars and finished third, while Maloney finished fourth with a career-best 9.675 score … Maloney also finished tied for third on vault with a season-best 9.775 mark … junior Kaylyn Millick and sophomore Makenzie Bristol tied for fourth place on floor with 9.8s … sophomore Amanda Carpenter tied for third place on beam with a 9.675 score … WVU is 41-1 all-time against George Washington and 16-10 against Towson.

This Week in Rifle
The No. 3-ranked West Virginia rifle team stays on the road and travels to No. 1 TCU on Jan. 28 for a match at the TCU Rifle Range, in Fort Worth, Texas.

Last Week in Rifle
The Mountaineers (9-0, 4-0 GARC) earned a pair of wins over the weekend, defeating No. 4 Alaska-Fairbanks, 4676-4626, on Jan. 20, at the WVU Rifle Range, and winning at Ohio State, 4680-4616, on Jan. 22, at the Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range in Converse Hall, in Columbus, Ohio … WVU defeated Alaska in both guns, winning air rifle, 2358-2339, and smallbore, 2318-2287 … freshmen Taylor Ciotola and Thomas Kyanko tied for first place overall against Alaska with scores of 1170 … three Mountaineers shot 590 air rifle and tied for first place – seniors Michael Kulbacki and Justin Pentz, and Kyanko … Citotal shot a personal-best 584 smallbore for the win … the Mountaineers also swept both guns at OSU, winning air rifle, 2358-2333, and smallbore, 2322-2283 … junior Petra Zublasing finished first overall with a score of 1180 … she also finished first in air rifle (592) and smallbore (588).

Notes and Quotes
The Mountaineers evened its series with Alaska at 6-6 … combined, WVU and Alaska have earned 24 national titles … WVU has now won the last four matches against the Nanooks … Zublasing sat out the match on Jan. 20 due to a lingering knee issue … the Mountaineers’ match at OSU was only its third on the road this season, and first since Oct. 16 … WVU’s final score against the Buckeyes was its best on the road this year … with the win, WVU improved to 38-0 against OSU … TCU won the NCAA rifle title in 2010 … WVU is 3-1 all-time against the Horned Frogs.

This Week in Tennis
WVU will take on Morehead State at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Ridgeview Racquet Club in its home opener ... the Eagles own a 9-7 series advantage.

Last Week in Tennis
The Mountaineers were defeated by No. 55 Ohio State, 7-0, in their season opener.

Notes & Quotes
Junior Emily Mathis and sophomore Mary Chupa were the lone Mountaineers to score wins for WVU, as they won their No. 1 doubles matchup ... Mathis nearly won her No. 1 singles match after falling the first set ... the native of Flower Mound, Texas, rebounded with a second set victory and then led in the third set tiebreak 7-5 ... Mathis faltered, however, and fell 10-7 in the third set.

Coach Tina Samara is eager to see how her young team will continue to progress over the course of the season: “I am curious to see how each of the girls will respond to playing throughout the year. We only have six girls that can compete, so each one of them knows that they are going to play. We are going to be the underdogs, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.”