Bussie Named Athlete of the Week
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia University women’s basketball senior center Asya Bussie has been named the Varsity Sports Report Athlete of the Week.
Bussie used her fourth double-double this season to open Big 12 Conference play at Kansas with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Her six offensive rebounds helped the Mountaineers to 23 total offensive boards and were instrumental in making a 16-0 run to come-from-behind and win at Kansas. She followed that performance with 13 points, seven rebounds and five blocked shots at No. 11 Oklahoma State, again helping WVU come back from a deficit to win the game. Bussie is WVU’s leading scorer and rebounder with 14.3 points and 7.9 rebounds per game this season. She also has collected 32 blocked shots, while helping West Virginia to 13 consecutive wins and a 2-0 mark in conference play. ?
WVU Athletes of the Week
Week 1: Asya Bussie, Women’s Basketball
This Week in Women’s Basketball
The Mountaineers return home this week for a pair of Big 12 matchups, starting with Baylor on Tuesday at 7 p.m., and Texas on Sunday at noon ... Both games are at the WVU Coliseum, with Sunday’s game airing live on FOX Sports Net.
Last Week in Women’s Basketball
The Mountaineers opened Big 12 Conference play with a pair of road wins at Kansas, 65-55, and at No. 11/13 Oklahoma State, 71-67, coming from behind in each game ... The Mountaineers were behind five points at Kansas, but used a 16-0 run late in the second half for a comeback win ... WVU had 23 offensive boards against the Jayhawks ... WVU came back from a 12-point deficit and went on a 20-4 run to defeat Oklahoma State ... OSU is the first opponent to outrebound WVU all season.
Notes & Quotes
WVU is riding a 13-game win streak into this week’s games … the Mountaineers are 13-1 overall and 2-0 in Big 12 Conference play, opening league play 2-0 for the first time in the Big 12 Conference … senior center Asya Bussie leads the Mountaineers in both scoring and rebounding with 14.3 points and 7.9 rebounds per game … sophomore guard Bria Holmes is WVU’s leading scorer in Big 12 only games with 14.5 points per game.
Coach Mike Carey: “That was a great game. Oklahoma State has a great team. Our girls showed a lot of heart. We were down big in the first half and down big in the second half, and fought back. So you have to give our girls a lot of credit also.”
This Week in Swimming & Diving
The teams host Pitt in the annual Backyard Brawl on Saturday, Jan. 11, at noon at the WVU Natatorium.
Last Week in Swimming & Diving
The teams competed in the Orange Bowl Swim Classic as part of their winter training trip at the Jacobs Aquatic Center in Key Largo, Fla.
Notes & Quotes
The men’s team finished second behind defending national champions Michigan with a final score of 110 points, while the women’s team finished fourth overall with 46 points ... In the 200 meter medley relay, the “A” relay team of senior Bryce Bohman, sophomore Jake Iotte, junior Julien Vialette and junior Tim Squires placed third (1:45.30) for the men ... the “A” team of sophomore Courtney Miller, junior Jenelle Zee, junior Julie Ogden and junior Courtney Parenti placed fifth for the women with a time of 2:01.72 ... In the women’s 400 free, freshman Emma Skelley finished second with a time of 4:24.96 ... In the men’s 400 free, junior Daeton Davenport placed fifth (4:08.83) ... In the 50 fly, Ogden finished sixth (30.14) for the women, while Vialette placed fifth (25.98) for the men…In the 100 back, Bohman won the event for the men with a time of 55.89. Miller placed seventh for the women with a time of 1:07.73 ... In the men’s 50 back, Bohman scored his second win of the day, finishing with a time of 25.36 and setting a new meet record ... In the 100 breast, Zee placed fifth (1:16.32) for the women ... In the 200 free relay, The “A” team of Burlingham, Parenti, Ogden and Gillmore finished sixth (1:53.31) for the women ... the “A” team of Marsh, Bohman, Vialette and Glegg finished third with a time of 1:34.66 for the men.
Coach Vic Riggs: “We focused on specific areas to improve in our races to and many swimmers were able to do that today.”
This week in Wrestling
Last week in Wrestling
The West Virginia University wrestling team opened its 2014 home schedule with an 18-12 victory over Lock Haven ... The win improved the Mountaineers’ record to 9-2, and was their sixth-consecutive victory in a dual match.
Notes and Quotes
Sophomore Bubba Scheffel tallied his team-high 24th win this weekend ... Scheffel finished sixth at the Reno Tournament of Champions ealrier this month ... senior Nathan Pennesi (133) and sophomore A.J. Vizcarrondo (HWT) claimed fourth-place honors at the RTOC ... Vizcarrondo won his bout against Lock Haven ... senior Colin Johnston (141) won his 21st match this season, defeating No. 20 Dan Neff of Lock Haven, 12-7.
Coach Craig Turnbull: “It wasn’t the prettiest of wins, but we will take it. We have some things that we will work on, and we know that we can wrestle better. We were able to gain the momentum we needed though to get the win.”
This Week in Track & Field
The Mountaineers return to action on Saturday, Jan. 11, at the PSU Relays in State College, Pa.
Last Week in Track & Field
West Virginia was idle last week
Notes & Quotes
WVU competed at the YSU Icebreaker on Dec. 6 in its last competition to begin the 2013-14 indoor track season ... Senior Katlyn Shelar posted a first-place finish in the pole vault, recording the fifth-best vault in school history (3.75 meters) ... Freshman Bria Welker, a Ridgeley, W.Va. native, finished second in te 400-meter dash (58.71) in her first appearance as a Mountaineer ... No team scoring was kept.
This Week in Rifle
WVU rifle is idle this week ... The No. 3-ranked Mountaineers (6-0, 4-0 GARC) will return to the WVU Rifle Range and begin spring semester competition against Great American Rifle Conference foe NC State on Jan. 19.
Last Week in Rifle
WVU rifle was idle last week.
This Week in Gymnastics
The West Virginia University gymnastics team opens its 2014 season at No. 21 Kentucky, with No. 15 Penn State and Ball State, on Friday, Jan. 10, at 7 p.m., at Memorial Coliseum, in Lexington, Ky.
Last Season in Gymnastics
The Mountaineers advanced to their 30th NCAA Regional Championships in 2013 and finished in fifth place (194.475) … WVU went 13-9 on the season, including a 1-3 showing in their first season in the Big 12 Conference … the Mountaineers placed third at the 2013 Big 12 Gymnastics Championships (194.675) … WVU scored 196.0 or better in each of its five home meets at the WVU Coliseum, a first in program history … the squad hit for a season-best 196.925 in a second-place effort against Michigan, New Hampshire and Towson, the 10th-best mark in program history … Jaida Lawrence was named to the All-Big 12 Vault Team, earning the first All-Big 12 honor for WVU gymnastics … she earned a career-best 9.9 four times and scored six event wins … she finished the season with a 9.866 average and ranked No. 43 in the NCAA.
Notes & Quotes
Ten Mountaineers return from the 2013 campaign, including seniors Hope Sloanhoffer, Erica Smith, Amanda Carpenter and Bethany Yurko … Sloanhoffer enters her final season with 1,368.975 career points and needs 8.375 points to break onto the Mountaineers’ all-time career points list … she has scored 39.0 or better 18 times and ranks No. 4 in program history … additionally, she has earned nine scores of 9.9 or better and ranks No. 17 in program history … the Mountaineers will face eight teams ranked in the 2014 GymInfo Preseason Coaches’ Poll, including No. 1 Florida, the reigning NCAA champion, No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 Oklahoma and No. 7 Michigan … seven newcomers join the Mountaineers this season, including all-around candidates Alexa Goldberg and Nicolette Swoboda … the Mountaineers will have to fill three crucial holes left by the graduation of Kaylyn Millick, Alaska Richardson and Chelsea Goldschrafe … Millick finished second on the team in 2013 with 459.1 points and a team-best 23 podium finishes … Millick was named to the All-Big 12 Championship Team for her second-place all-around showing at the conference tournament … Richardson earned 12 podium finishes, the third-best mark on the squad, and paced the team on floor with a 9.855 season average.
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