WVU to Play Final Nonconference Game


By Katie Kane for WVUsports.com
December 28, 2013 11:59 AM
Senior guard Christal Caldwell had a double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds the last time WVU met with Elon in 2011.
Dale Sparks/All-Pro Photography photo
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia women’s basketball team will face Elon at 2 p.m., Sunday, for its final nonconference matchup of the regular-season at the WVU Coliseum.
 
The Mountaineers (10-1) are looking for 11 consecutive wins, coming off an 88-80 win at Duquesne on Dec. 21. Four players average scoring numbers in double figures for WVU, behind senior center Asya Bussie’s 14.2 points per game. Sophomore guard Bria Holmes adds 13.7 points per game, while senior guard Christal Caldwell is the third-leading scorer with 13.1 points per game. Caldwell led the Mountaineers with a double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds the last time WVU met with Elon on Dec. 31, 2011.
 
In the last meeting, WVU defeated the Phoenix 84-36 at the WVU Coliseum. The Mountaineers are 2-0 in the all-time series with Elon.
 
Elon is 5-6 overall and 1-1 in SoCon play this season. The Phoenix return three starters from last season’s squad that went 19-14 and 14-6 in conference play, making it to the second round of the Women’s Basketball Invitational.
 
Elon has won its last two outings at home against Campbell and Mount Olive. Most recently, Elon took an 84-68 win over Mount Olive with a season-high team shooting percentage of 56 percent from the field. Four players recorded scoring numbers in double figures with 20-point games from sophomore guard Autumn Carter and senior guard Kelsey Harris. The Phoenix hold a 1-3 record on the road.
 
Three players average scoring numbers in double figures, led by junior guard Zora Stephenson with 13.4 points per game, while Harris adds 12.7 points per game. Stephenson has collected the most threes for Elon with 32 this season, while junior Sam Coffer and freshman Lenaira Ruffin add eight and five threes, respectively. Freshman forward Jenifer Rhodes rounds out the top three scorers with 10.0 points per game, in only eight games this season.
 
Elon is led in rebounding by Coffer with 6.8 boards per game and leads the team with 17 blocked shots. Rhodes and Harris each aid on the boards with 5.5 and 5.1 rebounds per game, respectively. Harris also leads the Phoenix in the steals category with 22.
 
As a team, Elon averages 66.8 points per game on 42.5 percent shooting from the field. The Phoenix shoot 70 percent (149-213) from the free throw line and average 4.5 threes per game.
 
Sunday’s game is a United Bank Dollar Day with admission only $1 at the gate courtesy of United Bank. Fans also are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to the game to support the Mountaineer Food Bank. Those who do, will receive a coupon for a free ticket for a future game.
 
Fans can listen online at WVUsports.com, as the Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG will carry the game with Jeff Culhane and Ayana Dunning on the call. The game will also air live in Fairmont on WRLF-FM 94.3.



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