West Virginia Defeats Youngstown State


By Katie Kane for WVUsports.com
November 30, 2013 07:04 PM
Bria Holmes blocks a shot in Saturday's 85-58 win over Youngstown State.
Photo courtesy of Youngstown State Media Relations
YOUNGSTOWN, OhioBria Holmes paved the way to a West Virginia women’s basketball victory over Youngstown State, 85-58, Saturday at the Beeghly Center.
 
For the second consecutive game, Holmes matched a career-best 19 points. The sophomore guard used three treys, 4-of-5 shooting from the free throw line, dished out three assists and put up two blocks in the win.
 
Behind Holmes, two other Mountaineers (5-1) scored in double figures with 17 points from senior guard Christal Caldwell and 14 from senior guard Taylor Palmer off the bench. Caldwell, Palmer and senior guard Brooke Hampton each recorded a pair of threes.
 
Junior guard Linda Stepney and Hampton each dished out six assists. The Mountaineers forced 14 Penguin turnovers, while limiting their own giveaways to 11, with WVU capitalizing on turnovers, earning 22 points to YSU’s seven off turnovers.
 
Junior forward Crystal Leary provided a spark off the bench to lead the Mountaineers in rebounding for her second consecutive game with nine boards. Senior forward Jess Harlee pulled down seven rebounds, helping the Mountaineers to a 42-37 rebounding advantage over the Penguins (1-4).
 
The Mountaineers came out shooting, improving from 48.6 percent in the opening half to 51.7 percent after halftime, closing out the game shooting 50 percent (32-64), including nine threes. The Penguins (1-4) were held to only eight first-half field goals, but improved to 39.3 percent shooting in the closing half, totaling 30.2 percent (19-63) for the game.
 
Youngstown State earned 15 points in 19 attempts at the free throw line (78.9%), while the Mountaineers made 12-of-18 attempts (66.7%) for the game.
The Penguins were led in scoring by season scoring leader Heidi Schlegel with 24 points on 50 percent shooting (6-12), and 11-of-13 from the free throw line. Karen Flagg added a double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds.
 
The West Virginia women’s basketball team returns home for a 7 p.m. matchup with Coppin State on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at the WVU Coliseum.



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