Caldwell Named Athlete of the Week

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  • By WVU Sports Communications
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  • February 24, 2014 12:03 PM
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Christal Caldwell
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia women’s basketball senior guard Christal Caldwell has been named the Varsity Sports Report Athlete of the Week.
Caldwell used a 21-point outing to help WVU to a 61-40 win at Kansas State, Saturday, following a 15-point performance against No. 12/12 Oklahoma State on Thursday evening. Caldwell averaged 18.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game last week. 
Against Kansas State, Caldwell shot 75 percent from both 3-point range (3-4) and from the field (9-12) to lead all players with her third 20-point outing this season. The Charlotte, N.C., native has led WVU’s scoring efforts six times this season and ranks as the season’s third-leading scorer with 12.4 points per game.
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
Week 7: Marsielle McBeam, women's track
Week 8: Christal Caldwell, women's basketball
This Week in Women’s Basketball
The Mountaineers have a midweek matchup with Texas Tech at 7 p.m., on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at the WVU Coliseum, and will close out the week with a 2 p.m. game at No. 6/5 Baylor, Sunday … Sunday’s game will air live nationally on Fox Sports 1.
Last Week in Women’s Basketball
The Mountaineers went 2-0 last week in Big 12 play, defeating No. 12/12 Oklahoma State 77-45 at the WVU Coliseum on Thursday, and taking a 61-40 win from Kansas State in Manhattan, Kan., on Saturday … sophomore guard Bria Holmes led all players with 20 points against the Cowgirls, while senior guard Christal Caldwell tallied 21 points in Saturday’s win.
Notes & Quotes
The Mountaineers have won their last seven games and are currently 24-3 overall and 13-2 in Big 12 play … WVU is now 7-1 in Big 12 road play, with its sole road league loss at Texas … WVU has limited five of its last six opponents to 62 points or less, and has held 18 total opponents under 60 points this season … the Mountaineers are currently in second place in the Big 12 standings and must win their final three regular-season games in order finish in a tie with Baylor for the regular-season title. 
Coach Mike Carey following the win over No. 12 Oklahoma State: “If you want respect, you have to go out and earn respect, and I thought tonight we went out and did that.”
This Week in Wrestling
The West Virginia University wrestling team is idle this week in preparation for the Big 12 Championships on March 8 in Norman, Okla.
Last Week in Wrestling
The Mountaineers (11-7, 0-3 Big 12) concluded their dual match season at No.13 Edinboro on Saturday, Feb. 22, falling to the Fighting Scots, 29-6.
Notes & Quotes
West Virginia’s 11 wins this season is the most since 2002, when the Mountaineers finished 12-2 ... freshman Cory Stainbrook (125) tallied his first victory over a ranked opponent, knocking off No.17 Kory Mines, 6-4 ... Stainbrook’s 23 victories ranks No. 9 in program history for wins by a freshman ... sophomore Bubba Scheffel (174) improved to 29-7 on the year, beating Patrick Jennings, 3-1 ... Scheffel’s win tied him for fifth in program history with current-Mountaineer Nathan Pennesi and Bob Patnesky for wins by a sophomore with 29.
Coach Craig Turnbull: “Colin (Johnston) was right there to take a big win over the top-ranked wrestler in the country at 141 pounds, and at 149 pounds, Mike (Morales) was in a position to win and wrestled very well. Now we will take a couple of days off before getting ready for Big 12 Championships.”
This Week in Baseball
The WVU baseball team will make its annual trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C., to play in the Caravelle Resort Tournament … the Mountaineers will face Duke on Friday at 2 p.m., Coastal Carolina on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and James Madison at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday … all three games will be played at Pelicans Ballpark.
Last Week in Baseball
The Mountaineers went 1-2 at San Diego State … WVU won 6-2 on Friday night, fell 2-1 in 10 innings on Saturday and dropped a 7-3 decision in Sunday’s rubber match.
Notes & Quotes
The Mountaineers’ offensive attack continued throughout the weekend as the offense has produced 10 or more hits in five of six games this season … junior second baseman Billy Fleming continues to lead the team with a .522 batting average (12-for-23) with three runs … senior first baseman Ryan McBroom has a team-leading two home runs and 10 RBIs … junior left-hander Harrison Musgrave and junior right-hander Sean Carley each had quality starts on Friday and Saturday, respectively … Musgrave went 6.0 innings, allowing two runs on five hits with one walk and eight strikeouts … Carley took a no-decision in 7.0 innings, allowing one unearned run on seven hits with no walks and nine strikeouts.
This Week in Swimming & Diving
The teams travel to the 2014 Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championships, which will take place from Feb. 26-Mar. 1, at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center in Austin, Texas … the first day of competition will begin at 5:30 p.m. ET, while all other days will begin at 11 a.m. ET.
Last Week in Swimming &  Diving
The teams were off last week to train for the Big 12 Championships.
Notes & Quotes
The women’s competition features five schools (Iowa State, Kansas, TCU, Texas and West Virginia) … the men’s competition features three schools (TCU, Texas and West Virginia) … Texas earned a clean sweep of the team competition at the 2013 Big 12 Championships … the women’s team earned second place, while the men’s team earned third … West Virginia graduate Rachael Burnett earned the Big 12 Women’s Most Outstanding Swimmer Award for her performance in the meet last season ... senior Bryce Bohman looks to make a splash at the Big 12 Championships in three events (100 back, 200 back, 100 fly), in which he has scored 16 individual wins during the regular season … his 100-back time of 46.40 this season ranks first in the Big 12 and fifth nationally, while his 200-back time of 1:42.95 ranks in the top 25 nationally … he has also been a member of 13 relay teams that earned wins this season … for the women’s team, junior Julie Ogden looks to follow up her success in the regular season with this year’s Big 12 Championship … in her last competition of the regular season against Ohio and Iowa State on Feb. 1, Ogden scored a win in the 200 fly with a time of 2:06.13 and placed second in the 100 fly (57.27).
This Week in Track
The Mountaineers travel to Ames, Iowa, for the 2014 Big 12 Indoor Championships on Friday, Feb. 28. 
Last Week in Track
West Virginia hosted the WVU Gold/Blue at the WVU Shell Building on Friday, Feb. 22, recording eight first-place finishes. 
Notes & Quotes 
Senior Katlyn Shelar won the pole vault with a mark of 3.86 meters ... Shelar has placed in the top three in the event in all seven of her appearances this season ... junior Karissa Knabenshue placed first and set a personal-best mark in the shot put with a throw of 13.12 meters ... Knabenshue also placed first in the weight throw with a season-best mark of 14.98 meters ... junior Shannen Daly won the 800 (2:21:13), freshman Bria Welker won the 200-meter dash (26:06) and freshman Alyssa Scherich placed first in the 500 meters (1:17.35) ... senior Stormy Nesbit competed at the Alex Wilson Invitational in Notre Dame, Ind., placing third in the triple jump with a season-best mark of 12.69 meters.
This Week in Gymnastics
The Mountaineers (5-7, 0-2 Big 12) return to the WVU Coliseum and play host to No. 23 Ohio State on Sunday, March 2, at 3 p.m. … the meet is a “Dollar Day,” with all tickets, hot dogs, popcorn and Coca-Colas available for $1 each … Sunday also is a “Gold Rush,” and all fans are encouraged to wear gold … finally, WVU’s four seniors – Erica Smith, Hope Sloanhoffer, Amanda Carpenter and Bethany Yurko – will be honored at the conclusion of their final regular-season home meet.
Last Week in Gymnastics
WVU scored 193.525 and finished fourth at the Perfect 10 Challenge in Oklahoma City on Feb. 21 … No. 1 Oklahoma tallied 197.2 and placed first, while No. 5 Alabama scored 197.1 and finished second and No. 7 Michigan placed third (196.2) … the Mountaineers were paced by three career-best scores, with two coming on vault … junior Beth Deal won beam with a career-best 9.95, while sophomore Jaida Lawrence tallied a career-best 9.925 on vault and finished fourth … Smith, in her second career vault, scored a career-high 9.9 and placed sixth … Sloanhoffer finished fourth overall with a 39.1 mark … she paced the team on floor (9.725) and bars (9.625) … junior Dayah Haley also scored 9.725 on floor, while freshman Alexa Goldberg matched Sloanhoffer’s 9.625 bars mark.
Notes & Quotes
Deal’s beam score matched the second-best mark in program history … she was the first WVU gymnast to earn the score since Sloanhoffer did so in 2012 … Lawrence’s vault mark matched the 36th-best score in program history … Sloanhoffer matched her season-best vault score of 9.875 and placed ninth … WVU tallied 49.15 a season-best on vault, the team’s top score on any event this year … Sloanhoffer tied for fifth on beam with a season-best 9.875 showing ... with the losses, WVU dropped to 1-8 against OU, 0-5 to UA and 4-18 to UM.
This Week in Rifle
The No. 1-ranked West Virginia University rifle team (10-0, 7-0 GARC) will compete in the Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) Championships this weekend, March 1-2, in Oxford, Miss.
Last Week in Rifle
WVU rifle shot at an NCAA Qualifying match at Murray State in Murray, Ky., for a team aggregate of 4691 … the Mountaineers shot 2326 in smallbore and 2366 in air rifle.
Notes & Quotes
At Murray State, sophomore Garrett Spurgeon and juniors Maren Prediger, Ziva Dvorsak, Thomas Kyanko and Meelis Kiisk’s shots counted toward the Mountaineers’ NCAA Championship qualification average … in smallbore, the Mountaineers shot a team score of 2325 … Spurgeon paced the Mountaineers with 586, one shot short of his season high … Kyanko shot 581 in the gun, while Kiisk shot 580 … Prediger scored a 578 mark, one short of her career high … Dvorsak shot 577 ...  sophomore Patrick Sunderman shot 578 and redshirt-freshman Jean-Pierre Lucas shot a career-high 588… WVU shot 2366 in air rifle … Prediger paced the Mountaineers, shooting 595 … Dvorsak followed with 594, and Spurgeon scored 590  … this is the second time the Mountaineers have shot at the Pat Spurgin Rifle Range at Murray State … they have the opportunity to do so for a third time at the NCAA Championships, on March 14-15.
Coach Jon Hammond: “It wasn’t our best score, but we fought through it. Everyone worked really hard, and sometimes you have to do that. Everyone was able to overcome their struggles, and it was a great team effort.”
This Week in Tennis
The West Virginia University tennis team travels to State College, Pa., to meet the Nittany Lions at noon on Sunday, March 2.
Last Week in Tennis
The Mountaineers (2-6) split their two-match home weekend, defeating the University of Charleston, 6-1, and falling to the University of Buffalo, 5-2, on Feb. 21 and Feb. 22, respectively.
Notes & Quotes
Freshman Oana Manole and sophomore Vivian Tsui went 2-0 on the weekend ... Manole is tied with freshman Kaja Mrgole for the team-lead with five wins in singles play ... Manole is on a three-match win streak, while Tsui is on a two-match win streak ... freshman Sophie Allen-Fisher made her first appearance for West Virginia after sitting out the fall season.