Women’s Basketball Looks to Extend Streak


By Katie Kane for WVUsports.com
December 15, 2012 01:04 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The No. 25/22 West Virginia University women’s basketball team looks to add to its three-game win streak when it faces Youngstown State at 2 p.m., on Sunday, Dec. 16 at the WVU Coliseum.

The Mountaineers’ (6-2) streak started with a 54-47 road win over Virginia on Dec. 2 and followed with a 64-48 win over Marshall in Charleston and a 67-47 win over St. Bonaventure at home on Dec. 8.

Three Mountaineers have averaged scoring numbers in double figures in the last three games, led by Christal Caldwell and Ayana Dunning with 12.7 points per game each, while freshman Bria Holmes averaged 11.0 points per game in the last three. Dunning leads the team for the season as she averages 11.0 points per game and 6.8 rebounds per game. Caldwell and Taylor Palmer follow with 10.1 and 10.0 points per game, respectively.

WVU holds the third-leading defensive 3-point field goal percentage in the league as it has held opponents to only 22.6 percent from beyond the arc. The Mountaineers will need to continue that defense in this game as the Penguins (7-2) average 9.2 3-pointers per game, the second-highest average in the nation.

YSU is experiencing its best start in 15 years under third year coach Bob Boldon. Senior forward Brandi Brown leads YSU in both scoring and rebounding as she averages 20.0 points per game and 12.3 rebounds per game. Brown’s rebounding average is the eighth-highest average in the nation, behind the national leader Jillian Alleyne from Oregon, who averages 15.3 boards per game. Her scoring average is the 25th-highest nationally.

Sophomore forward Heidi Schlegel is the second-leading scorer in only six games this season with 10.8 points per game. Schlegel follows Brown’s season-leading 16 steals with 14 of her own; freshman guard Shar’Rae Davis matches the team-leading 16 steals.

Junior guard Liz Hornberger, who averages 10.5 points per game as the third-leading scorer, plays a large role in the 3-point shooting as she single-handedly averages 3.13 3-pointers per game, the 13th-highest average nationally. Hornberger has collected 25-of-29 3-pointers this season for a 86.2 3-point field-goal percentage.

Off the bench, junior guard Monica Touvelle has recorded 17 threes, while Brown holds the third-most 3-pointers made with 12 this season. The Penguins are coming off an 83-52 win over Wilmington on Dec. 9.

WVU leads the all-time series with Youngstown State 9-8, with a 5-4 advantage when facing the Penguins on its home court. The Mountaineers defeated the Penguins 69-37 in last season’s home opener.

Sunday's game is United Bank Dollar Day - fans can print out a coupon on the official WVU women's basketball facebook page that can be redeemed for $1 admission. Fans can listen to the game live on WAJR. Live stats and a recap of the game can be found at WVUsports.com.



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