Mountaineers Take to The Road


By Katie Kane for WVUsports.com
November 11, 2012 11:45 AM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The No. 17/22 West Virginia women’s basketball team enters its road-opening game on Monday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. at Boston University.

The Mountaineers (1-0) and the Terriers (1-0) will meet for the second time in program history, as WVU leads the series 1-0.

Boston University returns three starters and 10 letterwinners from last season’s squad that went 23-9 overall and 15-1 in the America East Conference, good enough for the regular-season title and an automatic bid to the WNIT. The Terriers are under the direction of ninth year head coach Kelly Greenberg and defeated Boston College 52-46 in their home opener.

Senior guard Chantell Alford, a back-to-back conference player of the year, returns 12.4 points per game as last season’s scoring leader. Alford recorded her 1,000th career point and enters this season with the best 3-point field goal career percentage in program history (.398). In the season opener, Alford led all players with 17 points to continue as BU’s scoring leader this season.

In addition to her 17 points, Alford pulled down seven rebounds, the second most for BU, behind Whitney Turner’s eight boards, in the season opener. Senior guard Mo Moran returns 10.9 points per game from last season as an all-conference first team selection. Moran contributed 11 points and seven assists in the win over Boston College.

Junior Rashidat Agboola ranked second in the league last season with 8.8 rebounds per game and third on the team in scoring with 10.1 points per game. Last season, Agboola earned all-conference third team honors and was named to the all-defensive team. At forward, Agboola was the second-leading scorer in the first game of the season with 12 points, and pulled down five rebounds, in addition to blocking three shots.

WVU defeated UNC Wilmington 76-47 in its season and home opener. All active players on WVU’s roster saw playing time, including sophomore Averee Fields, who earned the first start of her Mountaineer career.

Christal Caldwell led all players with 21 points on 7-of-15 shooting with a pair of threes and five free throws. Taylor Palmer added in 13 points with three treys in 26 minutes. Senior Ayana Dunning recorded 11 points and 10 rebounds for the sixth double-double of her career. Brooke Hampton was a spark off the bench with seven points, five assists and two steals in 15 minutes of play. In her first-ever game as a Mountaineer, Bria Holmes came off the bench to contribute seven points, four rebounds and two blocked shots in 14 minutes.

A recap of the game and live stats also are available online at www.WVUsports.com. Fans can tune into WAJR-FM to hear the game live with Travis Jones on the call.



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