Caldwell Named Athlete of the Week

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  • By WVU Sports Communications
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  • December 09, 2013 01:06 PM
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Christal Caldwell
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia University women’s basketball senior guard Christal Caldwell has been named the Varsity Sports Report Athlete of the Week.

Caldwell used a game-leading 22-point effort on Tuesday, followed by a 19-point outing on Saturday, guiding WVU to a pair of wins last week. Tuesday’s point total was Caldwell’s 10th career 20-point game, falling one point shy of back-to-back 20 point outings. The Charlotte, N.C. native, has now led WVU in scoring twice this season and stands as the season scoring leader with 15.5 points per game. In addition to per point total, Caldwell also averaged an impressive 3.5 steals per game this week and 3.0 assists. She collected seven threes on 50 percent (7-14) shooting and was 42.4 percent successful from the field. Caldwell was also flawless from the free throw line, making all six attempts.

WVU Athletes of the Week
Fall 2013

Week 1: Kelsie Maloney, Women’s Soccer
Week 2: Brittany Sample, Volleyball
Week 3: Andy Bevin, Men’s Soccer
Week 4: Jordan Anderson, Volleyball
Week 5: Frances Silva, Women’s Soccer
Week 6: Kate Schwindel, Women’s Soccer
Week 7: Karen Verwey, Women’s Rowing
Week 8: Haily VandePoel, Women’s Swimming & Diving
Week 9: Kelly Williams, Women’s Cross Country
Week 10: Bryce Bohman, Men’s Swimming & Diving
Week 11: Sarah Martinelli, Women’s Cross Country
Week 12: Sara Keane, Women’s Soccer
Week 13: Sara Keane, Women’s Soccer
Week 14: Jakob “Bubba” Scheffel, Wrestling
Week 15: Brittany Sample, Volleyball
Week 16: Christal Caldwell, Women’s Basketball

This Week in Women’s Basketball
The Mountaineers return to the court against Marshall in the Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic at 1 p.m., on Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Charleston Civic Center.

Last Week in Women’s Basketball
WVU went 2-0 last week to extend its win streak to seven games ... the Mountaineers opened the week with an 88-56 win over Coppin State on Tuesday, and closed out the week with a 94-47 defeat of Fairleigh Dickinson on Saturday, both at the WVU Coliseum.

Notes & Quotes
With an 88-56 win over Coppin State, coach Mike Carey recorded his 250th win at the helm of the Mountaineer women’s basketball program ... he has reached win No. 250 at WVU faster than any other coach in program history, doing so in 13 seasons ... WVU is averaging 78.6 points per game, led by senior guard Christal Caldwell with 15.5 points per game ... three other Mountaineers average double figures with 13.0 points per game from Bria Holmes, and 12.8 and 12.6 points per game from Taylor Palmer and Asya Bussie, respectively ... Palmer and Caldwell each recorded double figures in the last two games ... Caldwell had 22 points against Coppin State and 19 points against Fairleigh Dickinson, while Palmer had 18 and 25 points, respectively ... the Mountaineer bench has been successful in contributing 25.5 points per game this season, with as many as 45 points against Coppin State last week. 

This Week in Rifle
WVU Rifle is idle this week.

Last Week in Rifle
Five members of the WVU rifle team competed in the USA Shooting Winter Air Gun Championships, Dec. 6-8, at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Notes & Quotes
Sophomore Garrett Spurgeon ranked sixth overall at the championships with a 1852.5 aggregate score, placing third overall at the junior level … redshirt freshman Jean-Pierre Lucas shot an aggregate 1837.3 score, placing 14th overall … junior Thomas Kyanko shot a 621.9 score and 98.7 in the finals on Friday, placing seventh in the men’s open relay … he shot 615.3 on Saturday, placing eighth, and had a 605.5 showing on Sunday… junior Meelis Kiisk shot an aggregate 1845.4 for an 11th overall finish … senior Chance Cover shot a 602.1 score on Friday, 603.3 Saturday and 600.5 on Sunday, for an overall score of 1805.9 … Spurgeon and Lucas were selected as part of the 2014 Bavarian Airgun Championships shooting team at the junior level.

This Week in Track
The Mountaineers return to action on Saturday, Jan. 11, at the PSU Relays in State College, Pa.

Last Week in Track
West Virginia took a small group to the YSU Icebreaker in Youngstown, Ohio, to kick off the 2013-14 season ... senior Katlyn Shelar finished in first place overall in the pole vault with a mark of 3.75 meters … freshman Bria Welker, a native of Ridgeley, W.Va., had a second-place finish in the 400-meter dash (58.71) and a third-place finish in the 200-meter dash (26.07) in her first appearance as a Mountaineer.

Notes & Quotes
The 4x400 relay team of Welker, sophomore Ashanti Bess, senior Allison Tyree and sophomore Alyssa Scherich finished in third place with a time of 4:04.89 … the Mountaineers only had participants in the pole vault, 400-meter dash, 200-meter dash and 4x400-meter relay.

Coach Sean Cleary: “This was a nice opener for these girls. We brought a small group, but got out of this competition what we needed. Shelar looks like she is ready for a strong winter, while Welker starts off her collegiate career on a positive note.”

This Week in Wrestling
West Virginia is off this week before heading to the Tournament of Champions in Reno, Nev., on Dec. 22.

Last Week in Wrestling
The Mountaineers won five dual meets at the Hoosier Duals in Bloomington, Ind., to improve to 8-2 ... in its fourth match of the weekend, WVU upset No. 25 Indiana, 22-21.

Notes & Quotes
Sophomore Bubba Scheffel (174) broke the program’s single-season pin record, tallying three wins by fall out of his five matches ... Scheffel leads the Mountaineers with 19 wins ... senior Colin Johnston (141), junior Mike Morales (149) and freshman Cory Stainbrook (125) posted 5-0 marks this weekend ... senior Nathan Pennesi (133) rebounded after first day loss to win four straight.

Coach Craig Turnbull: “We wrestled consistently well and with good intensity over these five dual meets. We had some good opponents, both in the teams and individuals we matched up against. We were able to rise up to the challenge when needed and came out with five wins. Beating Indiana in their gym was a significant win for us. It was great to see our team rewarded for a great weekend and it is a weekend that we can build on.”