VSR: Bussie Named Athlete of the Week

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  • By Grant Dovey
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  • February 13, 2012 01:53 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Asya Bussie paved the way to the Mountaineers’ 65-63 come-from-behind upset win over No. 2/2 Notre Dame with a career-best 22 points, 13 of which came in the second half. She sunk 10-of-13 free throws, shot 66.7 percent (6-of-9) from the field, blocked three shots and grabbed three steals. Bussie also helped the Mountaineers to a 41-33 rebounding advantage over the Fighting Irish as she led the way with eight boards. Her eighth rebound of the game was one she put back up for a 63-63 tie game with only 39 seconds remaining.

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
Week 6: Asya Bussie, Women’s Basketball

This Week in Women’s Basketball
The Mountaineers return to the court on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m., as they take on No. 17/16 Rutgers at the WVU Coliseum … the game will stream live on MSNsportsNET.com.

Last Week in Women’s Basketball
The West Virginia women’s basketball team battled to a 65-63 come-from-behind win over No. 2/2 Notre Dame Sunday at the Purcell Pavilion … it was the biggest upset in WVU program history as the previous highest ranked opponent the Mountaineers had ever upset was No. 4 Rutgers, 63-54, on Jan. 29, 2008, at the WVU Coliseum … the win snapped a 21-game Irish win streak, which was the second-longest active win streak in the nation … it was the first-ever win for WVU at the Purcell Pavilion.

Notes & Quotes
The upset over Notre Dame is the second consecutive upset over a top-15 team for the Mountaineers as WVU defeated No. 14/12 Louisville at home last week …the win is the largest upset in program history … the last time WVU upset a top-10 ranked team on the road was a 79-70 victory over No. 5 Louisville on Feb. 7, 2009 … the previous highest ranked opponent the Mountaineers had ever upset was No. 4 Rutgers, 63-54, on Jan. 29, 2008 at the WVU Coliseum … WVU is now riding a four-game win streak, its longest in BIG EAST play this season.

“It’s a great win for us. Notre Dame is a great team and they deserve to be No. 1 or No. 2 in the country. They are well coached and have great players. With that being said, I thought our players came in here, even though we’re young, and got in foul trouble early and we had to play some players who don’t play a lot of minutes and they did a great job. I’m very proud of our team. I thought they came in here with a tough crowd of 9,000 or more people and a great atmosphere, but our players came in and did a great job.”

--coach Mike Carey on the win over Notre Dame

This Week in Swimming & Diving
The swimming team will compete in the swimming portion of the BIG EAST Championships at Trees Pool in Pittsburgh, Pa., from Feb. 15-18.

Last Week in Swimming & Diving
The diving team had its best performance ever at the diving portion of the BIG EAST Championships this past weekend ... all four participants scored to lead the way for the Mountaineers ... for the men, senior Matt O’Neill finished second on Friday evening on the 3-meter board with a score of 321.50 points ... O’Neill then came back with a 10th-place (272.55 points) on the 1-meter ... sophomore Richard Pokorny took third on the 1-meter board with 283.35 points, while taking ninth place (250.75 points) on the 3-meter ... the women were led by the freshmen duo of Haily VandePoel and Jenn Rey ... VandePoel scored with a sixth-place finish (254.15 points) on 3-meter, while Rey took 15th place with a score of 220.55 points on the 1-meter.

Notes and Quotes
Currently the men’s squad sits in third place of the BIG EAST Championships with 46 points from diving ... the team trails Notre Dame (129 points) and Pitt (72) ... the WVU women are currently in sixth place with 15 points, trailing Louisville (74), Notre Dame (71), Rutgers (52), Connecticut (47) and Pitt (43).

“Richard set goals and had a tough group of guys to dive against. He was focused and prepared to do work. Haily really stepped up and hit her dives. She stayed calm and focused on one dive at a time.”

- Diving coach Michael Grapner

This Week in Track & Field
The Mountaineers travel to The Armory in New York City to compete at the BIG EAST Indoor Championships on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18-19.

Last Week in Track & Field
Several track and field team members set career- and season-bests and others re-qualified for league competition at last Friday’s Gold-Blue Meet at the Shell Building … triple jumper Stormy Nesbit highlighted the meet as she set a career-best mark of 12.26 meters in the event … her 12.26 mark currently sits at seventh-best in the BIG EAST for the triple jump … in the high jump, senior Katelyn Williams set a season- and team-best 1.75 meters for the event as she neared her personal record of 1.79 meters … teammate Sydney Cummings placed second at 1.70 meters as both re-qualified for the conference championships … in the 200-meter dash, sophomores Chené Townsend and Jenna Barreto placed first and second, respectively, at 25.92 and 26.67 seconds … Townsend also re-qualified for BIG EAST in the 60-meter hurdles, earning a mark of 8.68 seconds in Friday’s finals round … other Mountaineers placing first were Katlyn Shelar (pole vault), Shakiyla Cosby (400m dash), Alex Klauke (1,000m run), Chelsea Jarvis (3,000m) and Alanna Pritts (weight throw).

Notes and Quotes
A total of 18 Mountaineers qualified for BIG EAST ... the Mountaineers look to achieve Top-20 national finishes for a fifth consecutive year in both indoor and outdoor track ... returning All-Americans from last season include Chelsea Carrier-Eades, Kate Harrison, Meghan Mock, Williams and Jessica O’Connell.

This Week in Wrestling
The Mountaineers will have their final two dual meets of the season, as they travel to Edinboro on Saturday at 7 p.m. and Cleveland State on Sunday at 2 p.m.

Last Week in Wrestling
WVU defeated Ohio 36-3 and improved its record to 7-4 overall.

Notes and Quotes
WVU began Friday evening’s dual meet against the Bobcats with seven straight victories … the dominating start included a tech fall by redshirt sophomore Nathan Pennesi for his team-leading 24th win of the season and a pin by sophomore Michael Morales for his 10th win of the season … redshirt senior Kyle Eason also registered a pin against Ohio … the win by fall was Eason’s first pin during the dual meet schedule … redshirt junior Lance Bryson turned in one of his best performances of the season, as he defeated No. 18 Nick Purdue in the 174-pound bout … Bryson’s victory over Purdue was his sixth win over a ranked opponent this season.

This Week in Gymnastics
The No. 24 Mountaineers open a three-meet road trip on Saturday, Feb. 18, at College Park, Md., against EAGL foes Maryland and Rutgers, and William & Mary … the quad-meet is set to begin at 7 p.m.

Last Week in Gymnastics
The Mountaineers (7-3, 3-0 EAGL) scored 195.175 and upset No. 13 Auburn in its second-place finish at the team’s annual “Pink Meet” on Feb. 12, at the WVU Coliseum … No. 11 Ohio State (195.45) won the meet, while the Tigers (193.65) placed third and Ball State (191.775) finished fourth … WVU won vault with a 49.075 score and finished second to OSU on bars (48.975), beam (49.025) and floor (48.1) … sophomore Hope Sloanhoffer finished first overall with 39.175 points … junior Kaylyn Millick scored a career-best 39.0 and placed third … senior Tina Maloney matched a career high with a winning 9.9 vault score … junior Chelsea Goldschrafe finished second with a new career best of 9.85 … all five counting gymnasts set career bests on bars, with Sloanhoffer and Millick hitting for 9.85s and tying for fourth place … sophomore Erica Smith scored 9.825 and placed seventh, while Maloney scored 9.75 and freshman Dayah Haley tallied 9.7 … Sloanhoffer won beam with a season-best 9.85 … Millick and freshman Lia Salzano tied for fourth place with 9.825s … the routine was a career first for Salzano … junior Alaska Richardson paced WVU on floor with a fourth place, 9.725 routine.

Notes & Quotes
The Mountaineers’ win over Auburn is their first over a squad from the SEC since defeating Kentucky, 195.425-194.65, in 2009 … WVU is the only EAGL team to register a victory over an SEC squad this year … WVU’s win over AU is the team’s first against a ranked opponent since defeating No. 25 NC State, 193.725-193.45, at the 2011 EAGL Championship on March 19 … WVU has scored 195.0 or better in three of its fourth home meets this season … Maloney’s 9.9 vault score was WVU’s first 9.9 on any event this season … WVU’s bars and beam scores were season highs … WVU has not scored 49.0-plus on beam since earning 49.05 in the Cancun Classic on Jan. 7, 2011 … only one gymnast (Auburn’s Bri Guy) scored 9.8 or better on floor … with the win, WVU improved to 8-1 against the Cardinals … WVU continues to trail the Tigers, 6-4, and the Buckeyes, 16-11 … the Mountaineers have already faced two of its next three opponents, defeating the Terapins, 195.1-194.225, on Jan. 8, and the Scarlet Knights, 193.425-191.65, on Jan. 15.

This Week in Rifle
The No. 3-ranked West Virginia rifle team plays host to VMI in an NCAA qualifying match on Saturday, Feb. 18, at the WVU Rifle Range … the match will start at 8 a.m.

Last Week in Rifle
The Mountaineers (10-2, 5-1 GARC) did not compete last week.

Notes and Quotes
The Mountaineers are 23-3 all-time against VMI … the Mountaineers last defeated VMI, 4647-4398, in an NCAA qualifying match in 2008 … WVU, the 2009 national champion, is looking to qualify for its fifth straight national championships.

This Week in Tennis
The Mountaineers will head to Milwaukee, Wis., to take on Connecticut on Saturday at 10 a.m. and Marquette on Sunday at 10 a.m.

Last Week in Tennis
WVU defeated George Washington 4-3 for its first win of the season.

Notes & Quotes
Junior Emily Mathis clinched the match against the Colonials on Saturday afternoon with her singles victory … Mathis lost the first set of her match 4-6, but bounced back with a 6-1 second set win … in the third set, Mathis won 7-5 … Mathis and sophomore Mary Chupa combined to win their third doubles match of the year … senior Veronica Cardenas won her third singles match of the season along with her third doubles match of the season with freshman Ikttesh Chahal.

This Week in Baseball
The WVU baseball team opens with the Big Ten/BIG EAST Challenge from Feb. 17-19 ... the Mountaineers will open up against Northwestern on Friday in St. Petersburg, Fla., followed by a Saturday game with Penn State in Clearwater, Fla. ... WVU will then return to St. Petersburg for a doubleheader with Iowa and Michigan.

Last Week in Baseball
The Mountaineers were idle last week.

Notes & Quotes
The Mountaineers are looking to win their second-straight season opener after defeating Iowa, 5-0, last season ... the team ended the season with an overall record of 28-27, including a 14-13 mark in BIG EAST play ... WVU earned the No. 4 seed in the BIG EAST Championships and fell in the double elimination tournament after losing to Seton Hall and Notre Dame.

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