No. 20 WVU Downs No. 21 Iowa State

  • By Katie Kane
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  • January 29, 2014 10:06 PM
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Sophomore guard Bria Holmes led WVU in scoring with 16 points, with 13 in the first half. 
Dale Sparks/All-Pro Photography photo
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Four Mountaineers scored in double figures as the No. 20 West Virginia women’s basketball team downed No. 21 Iowa State, 67-56, Wednesday at the WVU Coliseum.
WVU swept the season series with ISU, winning both games by double figures. WVU is 3-1 against ranked opponents this season.
The Mountaineers (18-3, 7-2) used a 14-0 run over the final 3:21 of the first half to take a 42-21 lead into halftime. The Cyclones (15-5, 4-5) dug themselves into a hole with cold shooting in the opening half, making only 23.3 percent (7-30).
Out of halftime, WVU used a 5-2 run for its largest lead of the game, 47-23, with 17:45 remaining. A Taylor Palmer three gave WVU a 23-point lead with 12:51 remaining, but Iowa State responded with a 21-6 run over the next 11 minutes to make it an eight-point game, 58-50, with 6:40 left to play. A Christal Caldwell layup followed by a three from Brooke Hampton returned the momentum to the Mountaineers, closing out the win.
“I thought the last 10 minutes of the first half were the difference in the game,” coach Mike Carey said. “We stood around the first 10 minutes, played hard the second 10 minutes, then stood around the last 20 minutes.”
Sophomore guard Bria Holmes led WVU in scoring with 16 points. Holmes had 13 points in the first half and was a perfect 5-for-5 from the field and 3-for-3 from 3-point range in the opening half. She dished out four assists and grabbed two steals in 29 minutes.
Senior center Asya Bussie recorded her fifth double-double this season with 14 points and 11 rebounds, in addition to three blocked shots and a pair of assists. Junior forward Averee Fields finished with 12 points, eight rebounds and four assists, while Caldwell chipped in 11 points, an assist and a steal.
The Mountaineers opened the game shooting 57.7 percent, but dropped to 26.5 percent in the second half, recording 40 percent (24-60) from the field. Iowa State improved its shooting to 33.3 percent in the second half, finishing with 28.3 percent (17-60) from the field. The Cyclones had one more three than the Mountaineers, but WVU shot a higher percentage from beyond the arc, making 41.2 percent (2-17) in comparison to the Cyclones’ 29.6 percent (8-27).
WVU outrebounded ISU 41-40, and managed 26 points in the paint to ISU’s 16. WVU forced 15 ISU giveaways, resulting in 19 points off turnovers.
Iowa State was led in scoring by Hallie Christofferson with 20 points, while Nikki Moody and Seanna Johnson each had nine points. Johnson also led all players in rebounding with 12 boards.
The Mountaineers travel next to TCU on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 8 p.m. in the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.