Women’s Hoops to Face Youngstown State


By Katie Kane for WVUsports.com
November 29, 2013 10:20 AM
Sophomore guard Bria Holmes led WVU in scoring in the last outing and is now the second-leading scorer for the Mountaineers.
Dale Sparks photo
MORGANTOWN, W.Va.  – The West Virginia women’s basketball team travels to Youngstown State for a 4:35 p.m. tip, Saturday, at the Beeghly Center.
 
The Mountaineers (4-1) are coming off a 68-58 victory over Virginia at home on Sunday. Senior Asya Bussie, who was named to the Naismith Trophy Early Season Watch List, this week, is coming off a double-double performance against Virginia with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Bussie is this season’s scoring and rebounding leader with 16.2 points and 8.2 rebounds per game.
 
Sophomore guard Bria Holmes sunk a career-best five 3-pointers in the last outing, pushing her into the second-leading scoring role this season with 14.0 points per game.
 
Senior guard Christal Caldwell rounds out WVU’s top three scorers with 13.2 points per game. Junior Crystal Leary led all players in rebounding in the last outing with a career-best 12 boards. Leary is the Mountaineers’ second-leading rebounder with 5.8 rebounds per game.
 
The Penguins are 1-3 this season, with their lone victory over Northern Kentucky, 67-53, at home. Youngstown State returns four starters from last season’s squad that went 23-10, making it to the second round of the WNIT. Coach John Barnes is in his first season at the helm of the YSU program.
 
Junior forward Heidi Schlegel leads the Penguins with 21.8 points per game, while also pulling down 7.8 rebounds per game. Junior forward Latisha Walker leads YSU in rebounding with 8.3 boards per game, and is the second-leading scorer with 9.3 points per game. Walker also leads the team with nine blocks this season.
 
Senior Karen Flagg rounds out the top three scorers and rebounders for Youngstown State, averaging 7.8 points and 6.0 rebounds per game, while leading the team with 14 assists.
 
Youngstown State is coming off a 66-41 loss at Bucknell on Tuesday. The Penguins were held scoreless for more than half of the opening half. Schlegel led YSU with 15 points, while Walker chipped in eight points and eight rebounds.
 
The Mountaineers lead 10-8 in the all-time series with Youngstown State. WVU has won the last two outings, both in Morgantown. The last time the teams met was Dec. 16, 2012, when WVU defeated YSU 90-57. The Mountaineers are 4-3 at the Beeghly Center with the last meeting on Nov. 19, 1997, when YSU defeated WVU 96-86.
 
Fans can listen to the game live with Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG online at WVUsports.com and on WRLF-FM 94.3 in Fairmont, with Jeff Culhane on the call. The game will also stream live online on the Horizon League Network.



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