No. 13 WVU to Take on No. 12 OSU


By Katie Kane for WVUsports.com
February 18, 2014 02:20 PM
Senior center Asya Bussie has led WVU in scoring in 10 different games this season. 
Dale Sparks/All-Pro Photography photo
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The No. 13 West Virginia women’s basketball team will take on No. 12 Oklahoma State at 7 p.m., on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at the WVU Coliseum.
 
The Mountaineers are currently 22-3 overall and 11-2 in Big 12 play, in second place in the league standings. WVU has won its last five games, with its most recent win over TCU, 61-57.
 
WVU remained No. 13 in this week’s Associated Press poll, while moving up two spots to No. 14 in the USA Today Coaches poll. Oklahoma State remained No. 12 in both major polls this week.
 
Four Mountaineers are averaging scoring numbers in double figures behind Bria Holmes’ 14.5 points per game. Asya Bussie averages 13.2 points per game as the second-leading scorer and led WVU with 16 points in the last outing. Christal Caldwell and Taylor Palmer round out the top-four scorers with 12.0 and 10.7 points per game, respectively.
 
Oklahoma State is currently 20-4 overall and 9-4 in Big 12 play, and in third place in the league standings. The Cowgirls are 4-2 in games on the road.
 
OSU has three players scoring in double figures, led by Tiffany Bias’ 14.4 points per game, however in Big 12 only games, Bias is the only player averaging double digits with 15.7 points per game. Brittney Martin averages 12.3 points, while Liz Donohoe averages 11.8 points in all games this season.
 
Martin and Donohoe are also the first- and second-leading rebounders with 7.8 and 7.3 rebounds per game, respectively.
 
As a team, OSU holds the second-highest scoring margin in the Big 12, winning games by an average of 16.2 points, while limiting opponents to the lowest point total of 57.4 points per game.
 
The Cowgirls hold opponents to only 24 percent shooting from 3-point range--the lowest of all league teams, and second lowest in the nation.
 
Oklahoma State is coming off a 73-57 win against Oklahoma on Feb. 16, in Stillwater. Donohoe led all players in that outing with a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds in 36 minutes. Four other Cowgirls scored in double figures with Kendra Suttles’ 13 points, Bias’ 12 points, LaShawn Jones’ 11 points and 10 points from Martin--all starters. RoShunda Johnson added seven points off the bench.
 
WVU leads the all-time series, 3-2, dating back to Dec, 31, 1999. On Jan. 4 this season, WVU defeated then-No. 11/13 OSU, 71-67, in Stillwater. The Mountaineers came back from a 12-point deficit over the final six minutes to get the win. Bria Holmes led WVU with 21 points.
 
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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