MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia women’s basketball team will take on Fairleigh Dickinson at 2 p.m., Saturday, at the WVU Coliseum.
As this season’s Salvation Army Honorary Spokesperson, coach Mike Carey has teamed up with the Salvation Army’s “Forgotten Angels”, which allows those names on the angel tree that go unadopted still receive a present at the holiday season. As a part of the campaign, Saturday’s game will be dedicated to the area’s forgotten angels. Fans who bring an unwrapped toy for the Angel Tree Program will receive a voucher good for admittance to a future WVU women’s basketball home game.
The Knights are 1-5 this season with their lone win over Columbia. Fairleigh Dickinson has fallen to Manhattan, Army, Siena, Stony Brook and, most recently, McNeese State.
Sophomore forward Brianna Thomas leads FDU with 17.8 points per game on 42.4 percent (28-66) shooting from the field, including six 3-pointers. Sophomore guard Kelsey Cruz is the second-leading scorer with 12.3 points per game, and is the leading 3-point shooter with nine treys this season. Junior guard Amanda Andrades rounds out the top-three scorers with 8.2 points per game and holds a team-leading 23 assists and 14 steals this season.
Senior forward Desiree Crawford is the Knights’ leading rebounder with 7.7 boards per game, and adds 6.2 points per game, in addition to leading the team in blocked shots with 13. As a team, Fairleigh Dickinson averages 60.2 points, 37.5 rebounds and 15.0 free throws per game, while WVU averages 76.4 points, 43.6 rebounds and 17.7 free throws per game.
The Mountaineers are 6-1 this season with four different players averaging scoring numbers in double figures. Senior guard Christal Caldwell
leads the squad with 15.0 points per game. Caldwell ties for the most field goals (36), most threes (11) and highest free throw percentage (81.5%).
Senior Asya Bussie
and sophomore Bria Holmes
each have 13.0 points per game, while Taylor Palmer
rounds out the top four with 11.0 points per game. Bussie is WVU’s leading rebounder with 7.9 rebounds per game, while junior Crystal Leary
comes off the bench to add 6.4 rebounds per game.
Saturday’s game is the first meeting between the teams. Fans can listen to the game live with Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG online at WVUsports.com with Jeff Culhane and Ayana Dunning on the call. In Morgantown the game will air live on 100.9 WSZT-FM, in Cumberland, Md., on WCBC-AM 1270, in Parkersburg on WADC-AM 1050 and in Charleston on WSCW-AM 1410 and WJYP-AM 1300.The game will also stream live online free at WVUSports.com.