WVU to Face Oklahoma State

  • By Katie Kane
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  • February 12, 2013 02:42 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University women’s basketball team returns home for a 7 p.m., matchup with No. 25/24 Oklahoma State on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at the WVU Coliseum.

Oklahoma State enters Wednesday’s game off an 80-61 loss at Oklahoma on Sunday. The Lady Cowgirls are 16-6 overall and 5-6 in Big 12 play this season, including a Big 12 road record of 2-3. WVU enters the midweek contest after defeating Kansas 72-56 in Lawrence on Saturday. The Mountaineers are 14-9 overall and 6-6 in the Big 12, including an 8-4 home record.

Oklahoma State has three players scoring in double figures, led by Toni Young with 16.5 points per game and 14.5 points per league outing. Liz Donohoe and Tiffany Bias round out the top three scorers with 15.3 and 12.4 points per game, respectively. As a team, Oklahoma State averages 76.6 points per game, the ninth-highest scoring average per game in the nation.

Young is also productive on the boards, leading OSU in rebounding with 9.5 rebounds per game and 9.1 rebounds per Big 12 game, the fifth-highest average in league play. Brittney Martin rounds out the top four scorers and is the second-leading rebounder with 6.5 boards per game and 6.0 rebounds per Big 12 game. Martin has collected 30 steals in Big 12 play and 65 in all games, averaging 2.7 steals per Big 12 game to rank in a tie for the second-highest average.

Kendra Suttles has worked her way into a starting role, starting the last three games. Suttles led OSU in scoring in the last game with 15 points and shoots 48 percent in Big 12 play this season, the eighth-highest field goal percentage in conference play.

With 6.9 assists per game, Bias is in the top-10 nationally (No. 8) and with 6.4 assists per Big 12 game, ranks the third-highest average of all players in league play. As a team, OSU averages 17.0 assists per game, the 12th-highest average in the nation.

Donohoe is a player WVU will want to keep away from the foul line as she leads the nation, shooting 95 percent from the free throw line, converting 76-of-80 shots. In Big 12 games, Donohoe is 38-of-40 (95%) from the charity stripe, missing her first league free throw against West Virginia the last time the teams met.

In the last outing, WVU defeated Oklahoma State 67-61 in Stillwater on Jan. 29, 2013 to gain a 2-1 all-time series advantage. Wednesday is the first-ever meeting between the teams at the WVU Coliseum.

The Mountaineers are led in scoring by Christal Caldwell with 13.7 points per game and 15.5 points per league outing. Caldwell has led WVU in scoring 10 times this season, including five Big 12 games. Palmer is the second-leading scorer with 10.5 points per game and leads the team from beyond the arc as she has collected 48 threes this season.

Ayana Dunning rounds out the top three scorers and leads WVU in rebounding with 6.3 boards per game. Dunning led the Mountaineers with 17 points and nine rebounds in the last outing against the Jayhawks.

In Big 12 Conference play, Jess Harlee is the leading scorer off the bench with 5.3 points per game and Averee Fields leads all players with 5.4 rebounds per game. WVU’s bench has contributed 27 percent of its scoring total in Big 12 play this season.

Wednesday’s game will be broadcast live on WAJR with Travis Jones on the call. The game will also stream live for free online at WVUsports.com.

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