VSR: Bussie Named Athlete of the Week

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  • By Grant Dovey
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  • February 06, 2012 12:52 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Asya Bussie played an integral role in West Virginia’s 66-50 upset win over No. 14/12 Louisville Saturday as she led the Mountaineers with a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds. It was the sixth double-double of her career. WVU dominated the paint 34-24 against the Cardinals, with Bussie accounting for nearly half of the paint points.

In the win at USF, Bussie co-led WVU in rebounding with seven boards and converted 4-of-9 free throws to finish with six points.

Bussie averaged 12.0 points per game, 9.0 rebounds per game and 1.5 blocked shots per game in a pair of BIG EAST wins last week. She shot 56.3 percent (9-16) and 46.2 percent (6-13) from the free throw line.

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
Week 4: Alaska Richardson, Gymnastics
Week 5: Asya Bussie, Women’s Basketball

This Week in Women’s Basketball
The Mountaineers return to action on Feb. 12, when they travel to Notre Dame, Ind., to take on No. 2/2 Notre Dame in a 3:30 p.m. tip ... the game will be broadcast on ESPNU, with Kayte Christensen and Anne Marie Anderson on the call.

Last Week in Women’s Basketball
WVU went 2-0 last week as it defeated USF 55-52 in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday and returned home for a 66-50 upset win over No. 14/12 Louisville ... Ayana Dunning paved the way with a double-double of 15 points and a career-best 17 rebounds at USF ... WVU came out of a halftime deficit to win the game ... Asya Bussie led all players with a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds in the win over Louisville ... four WVU players had double figures, including a career-best 14 points from freshman Linda Stepney.

Notes & Quotes
WVU continued the streak of holding Louisville winless at the Coliseum with the upset win ... WVU limited Louisville to its lowest point total this season--the previous low was 54 points against then-ranked No. 12/10 Kentucky ... the win marks the first time West Virginia has upset a ranked team at the Coliseum since Jan. 29, 2008, when they defeated No. 4 Rutgers, 63-54 ... WVU is now riding a three-game win streak as it is 17-6 overall and 7-3 in the BIG EAST.

“They came out and followed the game plan very well. They played hard for 40 minutes. I am very proud of them. We played hard and they are a good team. They have a lot of talent and they are ranked so it is a good win.”
--coach Mike Carey on the win over Louisville

This Week in Swimming & Diving
The diving team will commence on their portion of the BIG EAST Championships from Feb. 10-12, at Trees Pool in Pittsburgh, Pa. ... the preliminary rounds will begin at noon each day, while the finals with be held at 6 p.m.

Last Week in Swimming & Diving
Both teams were idle.

Notes and Quotes
Last year Matt O’Neill led the Mountaineer men with a seventh-place showining on both the 1-meter (289.65 points) and 3-meter (315.70 points) boards ... Richard Pokorny also scored points with a 14th-place finished on the 3-meter (238.15 points).

This Week in Track & Field
The Mountaineers return home to host the Blue-Gold Meet on Friday, Feb. 10, at the Shell Building ... it is scheduled to begin at noon ... WVU will compete against Waynesburg, Geneva College, Westminster College, St. Vincent, Bethany College and Alderson Broaddus.

Last Week in Track & Field
Four new Mountaineer track and field athletes qualified for the BIG EAST Championships with strong performances last Saturday at the Sykes & Sabock Challenge Cup in State College, Pa. ... those who earned BIG EAST qualifying marks were Jenna Barreto (400m dash), Stephanie Caruso and Hallie Portner (mile run), and Lindsay Kopenhaver (pole vault) ... already qualified for BIG EAST, Chené Townsend matched last year’s season-best mark of 8.53 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles to place second overall in the event finals ... Barreto qualified via her 57.42-second finish in the 400-meter, placing 16th in the event ... Caruso and Portner qualified in the mile by way of their respective 5:05 and 5:07 finishes, beating the 5:08 league standard ... Kopenhaver vaulted the required 3.55 meters to qualify for BIG EAST, her highest mark of the year ... high jumpers Sydney Cummings and Katelyn Williams placed first and second, respectively, at 1.73 meters ... Stephanie Aldea placed seventh in the 800 meter run, while Sarah Martinelli placed fourth in the 3,000-meter run in 9:55.99.

Notes and Quotes
A total of 18 Mountaineers have now qualified for the BIG EAST Championships that will occur Feb. 18-19 in New York City ... 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, Williams and Jessica O’Connell.

This Week in Wrestling
WVU will travel to Athens, Ohio, for a dual meet against Ohio on Feb. 10 at 7 p.m.

Last Week in Wrestling
The Mountaineers were defeated by No. 9 Pitt, 26-12, in front of 1,399 fans at the Coliseum on Senior Night.

Notes and Quotes
Redshirt senior Brandon Williamson (HWT), who stretched his winning streak to seven-straight matches, notched his 20th victory of the season with his 7-2 decision victory over the Panther’s Joel Yahner ... the win didn’t come easy, as Williamson battled a flu-like virus that zapped him of his energy and left him dehydrated ... coach Craig Turnbull tried to convince him not to wrestle due to the illness, but Williamson gutted out the tough victory ... “I was really proud of Brandon tonight because he was very sick this morning,” Turnbull said. “He called our trainer around 5 a.m. this morning from the hospital after he contracted some type of flu. I tried to convince him not to wrestle, but he was adamant about wanting to wrestle on Senior Night.” ... also scoring victories for WVU were redshirt senior Matt Ryan and sophomore Michael Morales ... Morales’ spectacular pin at the 2:11 mark of the first period brought the crowd to its feet.

This Week in Gymnastics
The No. 24 Mountaineers return to the WVU Coliseum and play host to No. 11 Ohio State, No. 13 Auburn and Ball State on Sunday, Feb. 12, at 2 p.m. … the meet is a “Pink Meet” to encourage awareness about all types of cancer, especially breast cancer … the meet also is a “Dollar Day,” with all tickets, hot dogs, popcorn and Coca-Colas available for $1 each.

Last Week in Gymnastics
The Mountaineers (5-2, 3-0 EAGL) lost a tight battle at No. 22 Michigan, 194.65-194.05, on Feb. 3, at the Crisler Center, in Ann Arbor, Mich. … WVU battled back from a two –rotation deficit and grabbed a 146.075-145.825 lead in the third rotation before losing the meet in the fourth rotation … the Mountaineers lost all four events, with the Wolverines (4-0, 3-0 Big Ten) pulling out wins on vault (49.225-48.75), bars (48.575-48.55), beam (48.025-47.975) and floor (48.825-48.775) … sophomore Hope Sloanhoffer finished second overall with a 39.125 score … WVU went six-for-six on bars for the second straight week, with junior Kaylyn Millick finishing fourth overall with a 9.775 mark … Sloanhoffer and junior Alaska Richardson tied for fifth overall on vault with matching 9.775s … Richardson and sophomore Makenzie Bristol led WVU on floor and finished third overall with 9.8s … Sloanhoffer won beam with a season-best 9.825 score

Notes & Quotes
The Mountaineers’ dropped to 4-16 all-time against UM … UM’s Joanna Sampson won the meet with a 39.3 mark … senior Tina Maloney scored 38.5 and finished fourth, while junior Chelsea Goldschrafe made her career all-around debut and tallied 38.375 … Goldschrafe scored a career-best 9.725 on bars, while freshman Dayah Haley opened the bars rotation with a career-high 9.625 … Bristol has earned a career-high 9.8 on floor three times this season … sophomore Amanda Carpenter scored 9.75 on beam and finished in a tie for second place, while Millick tallied 9.725 and placed fourth … WVU’s meet on Sunday is its lone home quad-meet of the season … WVU is 3-6 against Auburn, 7-1 against Ball State and 11-15 against OSU.

This Week in Rifle
The No. 3-ranked West Virginia rifle team does not compete this week.

Last Week in Rifle
The Mountaineers (9-2, 4-1 GARC) lost their first GARC match of the season on Feb. 3, with a 4680-4650 defeat against No. 2 Kentucky at the WVU Rifle Range ... UK won both disciplines, 2365-2356 air rifle and 2315-2294 smallbore ... freshman Taylor Ciotola paced WVU with a combined score of 1165 ... Ciotola and senior Michael Kulbacki shot 590 air rifle and finished first on the team and fourth overall ... the score is a personal best for Ciotola ... freshman Meelis Kiisk paced the Mountaineers in smallbore and shot 576, good enough for sixth place ... the Mountaineers defeated NC State, 4647-4577, on Feb. 5 at the WVU Rifle Range ... WVU dominated both guns, 2346-2318 air rifle and 2301-2259 smallbore ... senior Justin Pentz finished first overall with a score of 1166 and finished first in the smallbore competition, 580 ... freshman Meelis Kiisk finished first in the air rifle competition with a score of 588 ... Ciotola and Pentz tied for second place with air rifle scores of 586.

Notes and Quotes
The Mountaineers continues to lead the all-time series with Kentucky, the defending national champions, 14-8 … junior All-American Petra Zublasing missed this weekend’s matches, as she was shooting with the Italian National Team at the Rocky Mountain Rifle Championships, in Colorado Springs, Colo. … Ciotola, Kulbacki, Kiisk, senior Justin Pentz and freshman Thomas Kyanko contributed to the team’s air rifle score against UK … Bock replaced Kiisk in the smallbore lineup … the match against NC State saw Ciotola, Kissk, Kulbacki, Kyanko, and Pentz contribute their talents to WVU’s score … Kiisk was back in the lineup for the match.

This Week in Tennis
WVU will take on George Washington on Friday, Feb. 11, at 1 p.m.

Last Week in Tennis
The Mountaineers lost matches to No. 9 Virginia, Pitt and Akron.

Notes & Quotes
WVU has been playing one player short this season, but despite the circumstances, coach Tina Samara has seen her team respond at times ... junior Emily Mathis, sophomore Mary Chupa and senior Veronica Cardenas have each shown flashes of dominance this season ... Cardenas and Chupa scored victories in singles play against Pitt ... Cardenas was able to win in straight sets 6-1, 6-0 ... Chupa also won in straight sets against her opponent from the Panthers, 6-2, 6-2.

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