Women’s Basketball Ready for Tuesday Matchup


By Katie Kane for WVUsports.com
December 02, 2013 04:16 PM
The West Virginia women's basketball team looks to extend its win streak to six games against Coppin State on Tuesday.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va.  – The West Virginia women’s basketball team is ready for a 7 p.m. matchup with Coppin State on Tuesday at the WVU Coliseum.
 
A win Tuesday would give coach Mike Carey his 250th win at the helm of the Mountaineer program.
 
The Mountaineers (5-1) are coming off an 85-58 victory at Youngstown State Saturday. Bria Holmes led WVU in scoring for the second-consecutive game with a career-best 19 points. Holmes is now WVU’s season scoring leader with 14.8 points per game.
 
Behind Holmes, seniors Asya Bussie and Christal Caldwell each average 13.8 points per game, while Taylor Palmer rounds out the top three scorers with 9.8 points per game.
 
WVU has outrebounded all opponents this season, led by Bussie with 7.3 boards per game. Junior forward Crystal Leary is the second-leading rebounder with 6.3 rebounds per game and is coming off back-to-back games leading WVU on the boards. Bussie has led in rebounding twice this season, while Leary has led three times.
 
The Eagles are 3-3 this season, recording all three of their wins at home. Senior Kyra Coleman is Coppin State’s leading scorer with 14.5 points per game on 38.3 percent (31-81) shooting. Coleman also has dished out 22 assists and matches senior Ashle Craig for the most 3-pointers (8) this season.
 
Senior Larrisa Carter is the Eagles’ second-leading scorer with 11.8 points per game, and the leading rebounder with 7.2 boards per game. Craig rounds out the top three scorers with 11.2 points per game and leads the Eagles in the steals column with 18.
 
Sophomore Amber Harris records the second-most steals with 11, helping CSU to 10.2 steals per game. Junior Bria Harris holds the highest field goal percentage (54.8%) on 17-of-31 shooting and is the second-leading rebounder with 4.3 boards per game. Sophomore Amber Griffin is the fourth-leading scorer with 6.3 points per game, and leads the team with 26 assists this season.
 
Coppin State has taken wins from Cheyney, UMBC and Virginia Union, while falling to Georgia Tech, Robert Morris and North Carolina. The Eagles defeated Virginia Union 71-69 in their last outing on Nov. 30.
 
The Mountaineers lead 5-0 in the all-time series with Coppin State. Four of the five games in the series have been played in Morgantown. The last time the teams met was March 19, 2009, when WVU defeated Coppin State 70-40 as part of the WNIT. Coach Carey holds a 4-0 record with WVU when facing Coppin State.
 
Fans can order tickets by visiting WVUGAME.com, calling 1-800-WVU GAME or stopping by the Mountaineer Ticket Office in the Coliseum. Tickets are just $5 each. Fans are encouraged to select the Print-At-Home option when ordering tickets online at WVUGAME.com. Flex Plan packages are also available for $20 each. A flex plan package provides 10 general admission tickets to use at the games of your choice.
 
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 and Ayana Dunning on the call. The game will also stream live online free at WVUSports.com.



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