Women’s Basketball Heads to No. 13 Iowa State


By Katie Kane for WVUsports.com
January 14, 2014 10:24 AM
Averee Fields recorded the go-ahead point with a layup with 12 seconds remaining the last time WVU played at Hilton Coliseum. 
Dale Sparks/All-Pro Photography photo
Coach Mike Carey (6:10)
MORGANTOWN, W.Va.The West Virginia women’s basketball team will face No. 13 Iowa State at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 15 at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa.
 
Last season, the Mountaineers (14-2, 3-1) came away with a 68-66 win over the No. 24 Cyclones (14-1, 3-1) in Ames on Feb. 17, 2013, but dropped a 53-49 decision on Jan. 26 to No. 24 ISU in Morgantown.
 
This season, Iowa State holds an 8-1 record at the Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones’ 14-game win streak came to an end with a 69-62 loss at the hands of Oklahoma State in their last outing on Jan. 11. The Cyclones have taken Big 12 wins from TCU, Oklahoma, in overtime, and Texas Tech.
 
As a team, ISU averages 79.1 points per game, while limiting opponents to only 57.7 points per game. ISU leads the Big 12 for its 78.6 free throw percentage, averaging 19.5 free throws per game. The Cyclones are aggressive from beyond the arc with a league-leading 37.6 percent from 3-point range, averaging 9.9 threes per game--the most of any league team.
 
Senior forward Hallie Christofferson is the league’s second-leading scorer, averaging 21.0 points per game. Christofferson shoots 51.2 percent from the field, including 19 threes this season. She is also the second-leading rebounder with 7.9 boards per game. Freshman guard Seanna Johnson leads the Big 12 Conference with 8.5 rebounds per game.
 
Junior guard Nikki Moody averages 11.5 points, freshman guard Jadda Buckley averages 11.1 points and Johnson rounds out the top four scorers with 10.3 points per game. Buckley is the league’s best free throw shooter as she has converted 88.9 percent (48-54) from the line and holds the league’s highest 3-point field goal percentage, making 56.8 percent (25-44).
 
In ISU’s only loss this season, to Oklahoma State, the Cyclones were held to only three treys, shooting 17.6 percent (3-17) from 3-point range. Christofferson led with a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Johnson added 14 points and 10 rebounds and Moody chipped in 12 points and five assists.
The Mountaineers defeated Oklahoma State this season, along with Big 12 foes Kansas and Texas. WVU recorded its only league loss to Baylor. The Mountaineers are currently 2-0 on the road in Big 12 play.
 
WVU is coming off a 56-49 overtime win over Texas at the Coliseum on Sunday. Senior guard Christal Caldwell and junior forward Averee Fields co-led the Mountaineers in scoring with 12 points apiece, while senior guard Taylor Palmer came off the bench to add 10 points. The top three scorers in that game also pulled down seven rebounds each to co-lead WVU on the boards.
 
WVU’s season’s scoring and rebounding leader is senior center Asya Bussie with 13.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Holmes adds 13.6 points, while Palmer and Caldwell average 11.9 and 11.8 points, respectively. Behind Bussie’s leading rebounding average, junior Crystal Leary pulls down 5.1 boards per game.
 
Wednesday’s game will air live with the Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG online at WVUsports.com, with Jeff Culhane and Meg Bulger 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.



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