|Asya Bussie, who was sidelined with early foul trouble for 18 minutes of the opening half, scored 12-of-14 points in the closing half, along with pulling down 10 rebounds for her first double-double of the season.
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Three Mountaineers recorded scoring numbers in double figures, as the West Virginia women’s basketball team defeated Virginia, 68-58, Sunday evening at the WVU Coliseum. The win is the fourth consecutive for WVU.
The Cavaliers (3-2) chipped away at a nine-point deficit making it a one-point game, 49-48, with 12:19 remaining. The Mountaineers (4-1) took control, going on a 13-0 run down to the 5:36 mark, including seven points from Asya Bussie
. Taylor Palmer
capped the run with a three to help WVU to a 14-point lead, its largest lead of the game, 62-48.
UVA’s Sarah Imovbioh and Kelsey Wolfe combined for six-straight points, but a pair of Brooke Hampton
free throws, followed by a Bria Holmes
’ 3-pointer stretched WVU back out to a double-digit lead, one it held until the buzzer.
“I’m glad we got the win; it’s a great win for us,” coach Mike Carey said.
The Mountaineers had a seven-point advantage over UVA at the half, leading 38-31. WVU shot 40.4 percent (23-57) from the field, while Virginia shot 34.4 percent (21-61). The Mountaineers sunk seven 3-pointers (7-24), but allowed 10 Virginia treys (10-22), with six coming from leading scorer Ataira Franklin. The Mountaineers capitalized at the free throw line, making 53.6 percent (15-28), while Virginia only earned six points from the line (6-16).
Sophomore guard Holmes
led all players with a career-best 19 points. Holmes opened the game hot, making 3-of-4 3-point attempts to lead all players into the locker room with 11 points at halftime. She closed out the game with five threes on 7-of-12 shooting.
Bussie, who was sidelined with early foul trouble for 18 minutes of the opening half, scored 12-of-14 points in the closing half, along with pulling down 10 rebounds for her first double-double of the season. Palmer rounded out the Mountaineers’ top three scorers with 10 points, including 5-of-6 from the free throw line.
Junior Crystal Leary
pulled down a career-best 12 rebounds, helping WVU to a 46-44 rebounding edge over UVA. The Mountaineers also forced 18 turnovers, while committing 15 of their own. WVU had the advantage in the assist column (17-13), behind Linda Stepney
and Averee Fields
with five and four assists, respectively.
“We got the ball into Asya and she was really able to help us down the stretch,” Carey explained. “Crystal Leary
came in and did a great job for us, too—12 rebounds, and we needed her energy off the bench. Bria Holmes
hit some big shots, Taylor hit a big shot in the second half for us too. Asya Bussie
was the difference in the game.”
Virginia’s Franklin recorded a game-leading 23 points on 50 percent shooting (8-16), while also leading the Cavaliers on the boards with eight rebounds. Lexie Gerson chipped in another 10 points and pulled down seven boards.
WVU takes to the road for a 4:35 p.m., game at Youngstown State on Saturday, Nov. 30 at the Beeghly Center in Youngstown, Ohio.