Duo Named Co-Athletes of the Week

  • By Abby Norman
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  • February 04, 2013 01:27 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia University women’s basketball player Christal Caldwell and women’s track and field athlete Sydney Cummings have been named this week’s Varsity Sports Report Co-Athletes of the Week.

Averaging 22.5 points per game for the week, Caldwell led the Mountaineers to back-to-back victories over top-25 ranked oppponents in No. 19/19 Oklahoma State and No. 21/20 Oklahoma. Caldwell started the week with a game-leading 21 points against the Cowgirls and finished the week with a season-high 24 points against the Sooners.

Cummings tied a 28-year-old school record in high jump with a personal-best leap of 1.78 meters on Saturday at the Akron Invitational. Cummings now claims the top two spots in the top-5 for high jump in program history.

Women’s basketball hits the road to face Texas Tech on Feb. 6 at 8 p.m., and at Kansas on Feb. 9 at 3 p.m., while track and field travels to Geneva, Ohio to compete in the SPIRE Indoor Track Invitational on Feb. 8-9.

WVU Student-Athletes of the Week
Week 1: Christal Caldwell, Women’s Basketball
Week 2: Haily VandePoel, Women’s Swimming and Diving
Week 3: Hailey Barrett, Women’s Tennis
Week 4: Christal Caldwell, Women’s Basketball/Sydney Cummings. Women’s Track and Field

Women’s Basketball
-This Week in Women’s Basketball
WVU will face two Big 12 opponents on the road in the same week for the first time this season, at Texas Tech on Feb. 6 at 8 p.m., and at Kansas on Feb. 9 at 3 p.m. … the Mountaineers led in each of the games earlier this season, but fell in the final minutes by four points against Texas Tech in overtime and one point against Kansas.

-Last Week in Women’s Basketball
The Mountaineers defeated back-to-back top-25 ranked opponents in No. 19/19 Oklahoma State, 67-61, and No. 21/20 Oklahoma, 82-63 … WVU’s win at Oklahoma State was OSU’s second home loss, while its 82 points against Oklahoma was its highest point total in a Big 12 game this season.

-Notes & Quotes
Averaging 22.5 points per game for the week, junior Christal Caldwell led the Mountaineers in scoring in each outing with back-to-back 20-point performances … Caldwell opened the week’s games with a game-leading 21 points in WVU’s win at Oklahoma State and finished the week with a season-high 24 points in the win over Oklahoma … Caldwell is WVU’s season scoring leader with 15.6 points per league game, having led the Mountaineers in scoring in 10 games … true freshman Bria Holmes came off the with a career-best 17 points, on a career-best 58.3 percent (7-12) shooting, including a pair of threes in the win over Oklahoma … Jess Harlee, also off the bench against Oklahoma, chipped in 12 points … Holmes and Harlee helped WVU’s bench to its largest production in Big 12 play this season, totaling 40 bench points to OU’s five.

Track and Field
-This Week in Track and Field
The West Virginia University track and field team will stay on the road as the team travels to Geneva, Ohio to compete at the SPIRE Indoor Track Invitational … the meet will take place in the SPIRE Institute Track and Field Complex with events starting at 2 p.m., on Friday and 10 a.m., on Saturday.

-Last Week in Track and Field
The Mountaineers competed at the Akron Invitational in Akron, Ohio, on Feb. 1-2 … WVU posted six personal-best marks in the meet, while senior high jumper Sydney Cummings tied the school record with a leap of 1.78 meters and finished second in the competition.

-Notes & Quotes
With her leap of 1.78 meters, Cummings now claims the top two spots in the top-5 for high jump in program history … on Friday evening at the Akron Invitational, sophomore Kiley Defibaugh and Kimberly Mulvin finished with personal-best marks of 3.51 meters and 3.36 meters for a fourth and sixth-place finish, respectively, in the blue division of pole vault … on Saturday, junior Chené Townsend recorded a personal-best time of 7.72 for an 11th-place finish in the preliminary heat of the 60-meter dash … senior Heather Adams recorded the second-best weight throw of her career with a mark of 17.83 meters for an eighth-place finish in the gold division … sophomore Karissa Knabenshue also recorded a personal-best weight throw mark of 15.18 meters on Saturday in the blue division and finished 10th.

-This Week in Wrestling
WVU (1-8, 0-3 Big 12) takes to the mat against Ohio on Sunday, at 3 p.m. … the match is part of the “Beauty and the Beast” event, in which the gymnastics team and wrestling team will compete simultaneously … admission to the event is $1.

-Last Week in Wrestling
The Mountaineers were defeated by No. 15 Pitt, 31-9.

-Notes & Quotes
Three WVU grapplers earned wins over the Panthers on Saturday evening … Shane Young (125) gave the Mountaineers an early lead, as he earned an 8-3 win … Nathan Pennesi (141) defeated Travis Shaffer 5-4 … following an escape point by Pitt’s Travis Shaffer in the third that evened the match at one apiece, Pennesi allowed a takedown with less than 50 seconds remaining in the match … Pennesi, however, reversed the takedown and earned two nearfall points with 30 seconds left to get the win … Bubba Scheffel (174) earned his eighth win of the season, with a 3-1 decision over Nick Bonaccorsi.

Swimming and Diving
-This Week in Swimming & Diving
The diving teams will host George Mason on Saturday, Feb. 9, at the WVU Natatorium … action is set to get underway at 9:45 a.m.

-Last Week in Swimming & Diving
Both teams were idle last week.

-Notes & Quotes
The teams most recently hosted TCU with junior Richard Pokorny winning the 1-meter (306.82) and 3-meter (350.92) dives … freshman Christian Parker placed second on both dives, scoring 299.17 on the 1-meter and 313.87 on the 3-meter, while junior Liam McLaughlin placed third on the 3-meter with a score of 309.52 … against Ohio, the women were led by Haily VandePoel, who took first place on the 3-meter with a score of 305.07.

-This Week in Rifle
The West Virginia University rifle team will face off against Murray State on Saturday, Feb. 9.

-Last Week in Rifle
WVU fell in the regular-season conference championship deciding match against No. 3 Kentucky, losing 4704-4695, at Baker Hall, in Lexington, Ky. … the Mountaineers (10-1, 5-1 GARC) defeated the Wildcats (10-1, 5-1 GARC) in air rifle, 2370-2361, but lost in smallbore, 2343-2325.

-Notes & Quotes
The loss pushes the Mountaineers’ all-time series record advantage against the Wildcats to 14-9 … this loss marks the fourth time in a row that WVU has lost the regular-season title to UK … senior Petra Zublasing, sophomores Meelis Kiisk, Taylor Ciotola and Maren Prediger and freshman Garrett Spurgeon counted towards the Mountaineers’ score … Zublasing took first in both guns, shooting 596 (98-99-100-99-100-100) air rifle and 592 (199 prone, 196 standing, 197 kneeling) smallbore … her smallbore score was one short of tying her career-best mark … Prediger tied her season-best mark of 595 in air rifle for second place … Kiisk tied for fifth in air rifle with a score of 591 and Spurgeon finished ninth with a 588 mark … freshman Patrick Sunderman put WVU back on the board in smallbore, shooting 581 and placing sixth, after UK took second through fifth place behind Zublasing … Spurgeon and Kiisk tied for seventh place with scores of 579 … Ciotola added towards the team score with a 575 mark … also in the smallbore relay, Thomas Kyanko matched the school record with a 200 prone score and Chance Cover shot a career-best 573.

-This Week in Women’s Tennis
WVU is idle.

-Last Week in Women’s Tennis
The Mountaineers were defeated by Syracuse, 6-1, on Saturday and by Buffalo, 6-1 on Sunday.

-Notes & Quotes
In Saturday’s match against the Orange, Emily Mathis was the lone WVU player to grab a singles win … Mathis defeated Syracuse’s Brenna Bachini, 6-2, 4-6, 10-3 … in Sunday’s match against the Orange, Vivian Tsui tallied the Mountaineers only win in singles play, as he defeated Marta Stoyanova, 6-4, 6-1.

“This was a tough weekend for all of us, but we lost to two very solid teams. We do have an off weekend coming up, which I think will be beneficial to all of us. It will allow us to recommit over the next two weeks.” – Tina Samara

-This Week in Gymnastics
The Mountaineers continue their home stand and welcome Iowa State on Sunday, Feb. 10, at 3 p.m., at the WVU Coliseum … the meet is a “Beauty and the Beast” promotion, and the WVU wrestling team will compete against Ohio simultaneously … all tickets are available for one dollar each, courtesy of United Bank.

-Last Week in Gymnastics
The Mountaineers (4-4, 0-1 Big 12) scored a season-best 196.05 and finished second in its home-season opener at the WVU Coliseum in front of 1,881 fans, on Feb. 1 … No. 2-ranked Oklahoma placed first with a season-best 197.375 … Western Michigan finished third (192.475) and William & Mary (192.225) placed fourth … OU’s Brie Olson finished first with a 39.575, while teammate Taylor Spears scored 39.475 and placed second … WVU senior Kaylyn Millick tallied a career-high 39.4 and finished third, while junior teammate Hope Sloanhoffer scored a season-high 39.3 and placed fifth … freshman Jaida Lawrence tied for the vault win with a career-high 9.9 and pushed the team to a 49.0 score … Millick paced the bars unit with a fourth place, 9.825 score, and the team hit six-for-six routines for a season-best 48.775 … the Washington, Pa., native also highlighted the team’s beam lineup with a fourth place, career-high 9.875 score, and WVU hit five-for-six for a season-high 49.05 … Sloanhoffer, Millick and senior Alaska Richardson tied for third on floor with 9.9 showings, all career highs, and WVU closed out the meet with a season-best 49.225 mark, its highest on the apparatus since earning 49.25 at the 2011 EAGL Championship.

-Notes & Quotes
With the loss, WVU dropped to 1-6 all-time against OU … the Mountaineers improved to 3-0 and 15-0 against WMU and W&M, respectively … the Mountaineers are 1-1 all-time against Iowa State … Friday’s crowd was the 10th best in WVU’s 40-year history … the Mountaineers hit 23-for-24 for the second straight week … the team’s point total tied for the 19th-best mark in program history … Friday’s score was the quickest WVU had reached the 196.0+ point total since 2004 … Millick’s bars score was the first 9.8+ mark for the team on bars this season … freshman Gina Costa made her Mountaineer debut with a 9.75 score … WVU’s beam total was the team’s best since scoring 49.05 in its 2011 season opener at the Cancun Classic … Sloanhoffer and junior Amanda Carpenter opened the beam lineup with 9.825 scores; the mark is a career high for Carpenter and a season best for Sloanhoffer … Richardson made her career beam debut with a 9.775 showing, while sophomore Beth Deal saw her first action of the season and scored a 9.75 on beam … freshman Melissa Idell opened the floor lineup with a career-best 9.8, while Lawrence and senior Chelsea Goldschrafe each scored 9.725.