Holmes Named Athlete of the Week

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  • By WVU Sports Communications
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  • February 10, 2014 11:52 AM
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Bria Holmes
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia women’s basketball sophomore guard Bria Holmes has been named the Varsity Sports Report Athlete of the Week. 
Holmes used a career-best 31 points to guide the No. 17 West Virginia women’s basketball team to an 84-44 victory over Kansas State, Saturday, at the WVU Coliseum.
Holmes recorded eight of WVU’s first 12 points and closed out the first half leading all players with 19 points, including five threes. Holmes made 10-of-14 from the field, 6-of-6 from the free-throw line, pulled down six rebounds, grabbed two steals and had a block in 28 minutes.
Saturday’s 31-point total was the first 30-point game in Holmes’ career. She continues to lead WVU in scoring with 14.4 points per game, field goals made (117), threes made (48) and attempted (127) and steals (33). Her 14.4 ppg ranks as the ninth-highest scoring average of any league player, and her 2.6 threes per conference game is the second-most among Big 12 players. 
WVU Athletes of the Week
Winter 2014
Week 1: Asya Bussie, women’s basketball
Week 2: Bryce Bohman, swimming & diving
Week 3: Colin Johnston, wrestling
Week 4: Ziva Dvorsak, rifle
Week 5: Hope Sloanhoffer, gymnastics
Week 6: Bria Holmes, women's basketball
This Week in Women’s Basketball
The Mountaineers hit the road for a 7 p.m. matchup at Oklahoma on Thursday, Feb. 13, in Norman, Okla., and return home for a 1 p.m. tip with TCU on Sunday, Feb. 16, at the WVU Coliseum.
Last Week in Women’s Basketball
Sophomore guard Bria Holmes used a career-best 31 points to guide the No. 17 West Virginia women’s basketball team to an 84-44 victory over Kansas State, Saturday, at the WVU Coliseum … the Wildcats (9-13, 3-8) couldn’t dig themselves out of a 19-point halftime deficit, trailing the Mountaineers 43-24 … Holmes recorded eight of WVU’s first 12 points and closed out the first half leading all players with 19 points, including five threes.
Notes & Quotes
Saturday’s win helped WVU to its eighth 20-win season in the last 11 years as it is currently 20-3 overall, with a 9-2 mark in conference play, and in second place in the Big 12 standings … with 2:52 until halftime against K-State, senior guard Taylor Palmer hit a three as the shot clock expired to record her 1,000th career point, becoming the 30th player in WVU women’s basketball history and 12th player under coach Carey to record 1,000 points … WVU has seven regular-season games left, four of which are schedule at the WVU Coliseum.
This Week in Wrestling
West Virginia concludes its home schedule against Clarion on Friday, Feb. 14 at Beauty and the Beast at 6 p.m. at the WVU Coliseum.
Last Week in Wrestling
The Mountaineers (10-5, 0-3 Big 12) took five bouts against No. 10 Oklahoma on Thursday, Feb. 6, in a 19-15 loss to the Sooners … on Friday, Feb. 7, West Virginia snapped its three-match losing streak with a 45-0 win over Davidson.
Notes & Quotes
The Mountaineers tallied their 10th win in a season for the first time since 2002 … West Virginia’s 45-0 victory over the Wildcats is its 10th match scoring more than 40 points since 2000 … three different Mountaineers recorded pins against Davidson on Feb. 7 … senior Colin Johnston (141) won his fourth consecutive match over a ranked opponent on Feb. 6 over Oklahoma’s No. 20 Nick Lester … Johnston broke into the program’s top 10 for single season pins with his eight win by fall coming against Davidson’s James McCord … junior Mike Morales (149) recorded a 2-0 record last week, defeating the Sooners Joshua Durham, 6-1, and the Wildcats’ Kevin Birmingham, 9-6 … senior Nathan Pennesi (133) snapped his five-match losing streak with his 90th career victory coming against Anthony Elias on Feb. 7 … sophomore Jason Luster (157) won his fourth match of the year, pinning Davidson’s Dan Hagemann in 1:04 … senior Mac Mancuso (184) won by fall over the Wildcats’ Josh Sawyer … sophomore A.J. Vizcarrondo (HWT) upset No. 17 Ross Larson of Oklahoma for his second win over ranked opponent of the season on Feb. 6 … Vizcarrondo scored six takedowns against Ed Isola of Davidson of Feb. 7. 
This Week in Baseball
The WVU baseball team opens the 2014 series with the Homewood Suites Tournament presented by Charleston Crab House in Charleston, S.C. … the Mountaineers open the season with No. 14 Louisville on Friday, Feb. 14 at noon … WVU will then face Delaware on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 11 a.m. and The Citadel on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 1 p.m.
Last Week in Baseball
The Mountaineers were idle last week.
Notes & Quotes
The Mountaineers were picked to finish seventh in the Big 12 Preseason Coaches Poll … WVU will throw redshirt junior left-hander Harrison Musgrave against Louisville, redshirt junior right-hander Sean Carley against Delaware and junior left-hander John Means against The Citadel … Musgrave, a Preseason All-American and the 2013 Big 12 Conference Pitcher of the Year, went 9-1 in 2013 with a 2.17 ERA and 81 strikeouts in 95.1 innings pitched … Louisville was picked to unanimously win the American Athletic Conference, while Delaware was picked to finish eighth in the Colonial Athletic Association and The Citadel was picked second in the Southern Conference.
This Week in Swimming & Diving
The teams have concluded their regular season ... their next competition is the Big 12 Championships, which will take place from Feb. 26-March 1 in Austin, Texas.
Last Week in Swimming &  Diving
The teams were off last week to train for the Big 12 Championships.
Notes & Quotes
The 2014 Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championships will take place from Feb. 26-March 1, at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center in Austin, Texas ... the women’s field features five schools including Iowa State, Kansas, TCU, Texas and West Virginia ... last season, the women’s team placed second overall behind Texas ... the men’s field features three schools including TCU, Texas and West Virginia ... last season, the men’s team placed third overall, while Texas placed first, earning the Longhorns a sweep of the team titles.
This Week in Track
The Mountaineers will be split this weekend, as a group will be competing in the SPIRE Invitational in Geneva, Ohio, on Feb. 15, and another group will be at the Iowa State Classic in Ames, Iowa, Feb. 14-15.
Last Week in Track
West Virginia participated in the Akron Invitational in Akron, Ohio this past Friday and Saturday ... WVU had four different athletes record personal-best times, while also posting six top-five finishes. 
Notes & Quotes
Sophomore Hannah Stone placed second in the high jump with a personal-best jump of 1.73 meters ... senior Stormy Nesbit finished second in the long jump with a season-best mark of 5.84 meters ... In the pole vault, senior Katlyn Shelar placed second with a season-best mark of 3.97 meters ... Shelar took three attempts at the school record in the event, but fell just short. 
Coach Sean Cleary: “We had some promising moments today. I am especially encouraged by Hannah and Katlyn - both appear to be rounding into shape at the right time. Stormy had some positive moments in the long jump. I believe she has some very big jumps in her before the winter ends.”
This Week in Gymnastics
The Mountaineers return to the WVU Coliseum and welcome Pitt on Friday, Feb. 14, at 6 p.m. … it is WVU’s annual “Beauty & the Beast” meet, and the WVU wrestling team will compete against Clarion simultaneously … all tickets are $1 each, courtesy of United Bank. 
Last Week in Gymnastics
WVU dropped its first-ever Big 12 Conference regular-season road meet on Feb. 7, losing 196.025-194.175 at Iowa State … despite the loss, the score was a season-high road mark for the Mountaineers … senior Hope Sloanhoffer won her fourth straight all-around crown with a 39.325 showing … she matched or set season highs on bars (9.85) and beam (9.825) and earned two top-three finishes … freshman Nicolette Swoboda placed third with a 38.875 total … Sloanhoffer and freshman Alexa Goldberg tied for second bars with 9.85s … sophomore Jaida Lawrence matched her vault season-best score of 9.875 for the event win … Sloanhoffer paced the team on floor with a 9.8 … junior Beth Deal closed the meet with a winning, 9.85 beam routine, matching her season high.
Notes & Quotes
With the loss, WVU dropped to 2-3 all-time against ISU … WVU tallied 48.9 on bars, 0.05 short of its season high … senior Erica Smith finished fifth on bars with a 9.8 … sophomore Lindsey Litten earned a career-high 9.75 on bars … the Mountaineers swept the vault podium finishes, with Sloanhoffer placed second with a 9.85, her fourth straight mark of 9.8 or better on the event, and Swoboda tallying 9.825, her best road score, for third … Sloanhoffer and senior Amanda Carpenter scored a season – and career-best 9.825, respectively, on beam for fourth place … the mark was the second highest scored on Friday night … Swoboda followed a fall in the beam lineup with a career-best 9.75 score.
This Week in Rifle
WVU Rifle (10-0, 7-0 GARC) is idle this week. They will begin the post-season on Feb. 22, at an NCAA Qualifying match, held at Murray State.
Last Week in Rifle
The No. 1-ranked West Virginia University rifle team closed regular-season competition with two matches last week and earned their seventh regular-season Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) title … on Feb. 6, the Mountaineers defeated No. 2 Alaska-Fairbanks, 4709-4680 … on Feb. 8 WVU beat No. 1 Kentucky 4702-4688, for the GARC title.
Notes & Quotes
On Thursday, the Mountaineers dominated Alaska-Fairbanks in air rifle, 2380-2348 … junior Maren Prediger finished first (597), while classmate Ziva Dvorsak matched her season-high (596) for second place ... sophomore Garrett Spurgeon finished third and matched his career high with a 594 score, and junior Thomas Kyanko shot a season-high 593 for a fourth-place finish … WVU lost in smallbore against the Nanooks, 2332-2329 … Kyanko and Ciotola each shot a school-record 200 prone … this is the first regular-season GARC title for WVU since the 2010 season … on Friday, the Mountaineers set a national record in air rifle with a 2382 team score … Prediger, Dvorsak and Spurgeon placed first in the gun with 596 marks.
Coach Jon Hammond: “We’ve got some good momentum. Every match is a big match from here on out, and we need to keep the intensity up for every one of them.”
This Week in Tennis
West Virginia travels to Norfolk, Va., to take on Richmond on Feb. 14 at 12:30 p.m.
Last Week in Tennis
The Mountaineers (1-3) recorded its first victory of the spring, defeating Cal (Pa.), 5-2.
Notes & Quotes
West Virginia’s win over the Vulcans on Feb. 7 was the first win under first year coach Miha Lisac … the Mountaineers took the doubles point for the first time this season, with the duo of sophomore Hailey Barrett and junior Ikttesh Chahal grabbing their first win of the spring, 6-4 … the freshmen tandem of Oana Manole and Kaja Mrgole, ranked No. 9 in the Atlantic Region, bounced back after their first loss a week ago to down Mariela Sarinana and Ramona Czakon, 6-4 … Barrett grabbed her second win in singles of the spring, 6-1, 6-4 … Mrgole won her team-high third singles match, 6-4, 6-4 … Manole defeated Kiefer Shaw, 6-1, 6-2, for her second victory of the season … sophomore Irinka Toidze tallied her first win in singles with a 6-2, 7-6 (5) win over Veronika Mikulis. 
Coach Miha Lisac: “It has been a battle this spring to get over the hump, and after falling short a couple of times, it was nice to see the team’s work pay off and get a win. We will look for today to give us some confidence going forward into our matches coming up.”