This Week in Women’s Basketball
The West Virginia women’s basketball team will face No. 9, and top-seeded Baylor in the 2014 Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship tonight at 9 p.m. ET … the game, which takes place at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla., will be broadcast live nationally on Fox Sports 1.
Last Week in Women’s Basketball
The Mountaineers defeated TCU, 67-59, in the Big 12 Quarterfinals on Saturday, before eliminating Texas, 67-60, in the Big 12 Semifinals, Sunday … coach Mike Carey was named the Big 12 Coach of the Year, while five other league honors were awarded to the WVU women’s basketball team … senior center Asya Bussie
was named to the All-Big 12 First Team and All-Big 12 Defensive Team … sophomore guard Bria Holmes
was named to the All-Big 12 First Team … senior guard Taylor Palmer
earned the Big 12’s Sixth Man Award, while senior guard Jess Harlee
joined Bussie on the Big 12 All-Defensive Team.
Notes & Quotes
With Sunday’s semifinal win over Texas, the Mountaineer moved to 29-3 overall this season … the 29 wins matches the 2010 season for most wins in a season in program history … the last time WVU won a conference tournament title was in 1989 with the Atlantic 10 Conference … the Mountaineers have played in a conference championship title game two other times under coach Mike Carey, in 2006 and in 2010, both in the Big East Conference … WVU and Baylor split the regular-season series at 1-1 … WVU and the Lady Bears shared the regular-season conference title, while Baylor defends its tournament title as it was the tournament champs the last three seasons.
Coach Mike Carey: “I’m very proud of these players. I always feel good, especially with these players, down the stretch if it’s close. We’ve had a lot of games this year under four minutes close, either behind or close, and we’ve been able to win a bunch of them.”
This Week in Wrestling
The West Virginia University wrestling team is idle this week in preparation for the 2014 NCAA Championships in Oklahoma City, Okla., from March 20-22.
Last Week in Wrestling
The Mountaineers (11-7, 0-3 Big 12) took fourth at the Big 12 Championships in Norman, Okla., on March 8.
Notes & Quotes
Six WVU grapplers placed at the tournament, led by sophomore A.J. Vizcarrondo
’s (HWT) second-place finish … freshman Cory Stainbrook
(125), senior Nathan Pennesi
(133), junior Mike Morales (149), sophomore Tim Wheeling
(157) and senior Mac Mancuso
finished in third place in their respective weight classes … Stainbrook, Morales, Scheffel and Vizcarrondo earned automatic bids to the NCAA Championships from March 20-22 with their performances in Norman.
Coach Craig Turnbull: “The primary goal of today was to get as many people to the national tournament as we could. It appears that we will get five, maybe six through. We will find out when the selection committee meets next week. The gold standards are likely to go, but it was a great performance tonight from Stainbrook and Vizcarrondo, wrestling themselves to the national tournament. The real bubble person is Pennesi.”
This Week in Baseball
West Virginia continues its West Coast swing with its first midweek game of the season at UNLV on Tuesday, March 11 at 9:05 p.m., before opening a four-game series at Cal State Northridge.
Last Week in Baseball
The Mountaineers recorded their second consecutive weekend series sweep and have now won six games in a row ... WVU took two games from UC Riverside and one from Sacramento State.
Notes & Quotes
Junior pitcher Harrison Musgrave
continued his dominance on the mound, while recording a win over Sacramento State on Saturday afternoon ... Musgrave recorded six shutout innings and scattered six hits ... he extended his scoreless inning streak to 16 and now has a 1.78 ERA on the season ... junior pitcher Sean Carley
followed up Musgrave’s perfomance with seven shutout innings of work in a win over UC Riverside on Saturday night ... on Sunday, junior pitcher John Means
pitched six shutout innings in a 7-4 win over UC Riverside.
Head coach Randy Mazey: “Harrison just keeps being Harrison. It’s almost like you don’t expect him to be that good every time out, but he has been that good every time out. We just need to keep those (pitchers) fresh, rested and healthy throughout the season.”
This Week in Swimming & Diving
The teams are off this week following the Big 12 Championships ... select divers will travel to the NCAA Zone “A” meet, March 10-12, in Blacksburg, Va.
Last Week in Swimming & Diving
The teams were off last week ... several members of the men’s swimming team will be returning to Austin, Texas for the NCAA men’s swimming championships from March 27-29.
Notes & Quotes
The NCAA Zone “A” meet will be held at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., from March 10-12 … divers from WVU will be competing on March 10 and 11 on the 1-meter and 3-meter boards … five divers will be competing for the Mountaineers in this season’s zones … for the women, junior Jennifer Rey
, sophomores Lindsay Schmidt
and Tori Taffner
and junior Haily VandePoel
will be competing on both boards … senior Liam McLaughlin
will be the lone diver for the men’s squad, competing on both boards.
This Week in Track
The Mountaineers are idle this week ... they will kick off their outdoor season at the Bill Van Horne Invitational on Saturday, March 22, in Wheeling, W.Va.
Last Week in Track
WVU wrapped up its indoor season at the Columbia Last Chance on Saturday, March 8 ... a small group of five competitors participated in the indoor finale, looking to build momentum for the outdoor season.
Notes & Quotes
Senior Sarah Martinelli
recorded a personal-best result in the mile with a time of 4:47.11, finishing in sixth place overall ... In the 800-meter run, freshman Amy Cashin
placed third (2:13.86), freshman Brianna Kerekes
placed sixth (2:16.50) and sophomore Alyssa Scherich
finished 11th overall (2:21.00).
Coach Sean Cleary: “This trip proved to be successful. Sarah Martinelli
gained valuable experience running in a race of this caliber. This should pay dividends this spring in our championship races.”
This Week in Gymnastics
The Mountaineers close out the regular season at Maryland on Sunday, March 16, at 2 p.m., at the Comcast Center, in College Park, Md.
Last Week in Gymnastics
WVU put forth its best road score of the season in a 198.325-194.925 loss at Florida on March 7 … the squad’s mark was fueled by 49.0+ scores on vault and floor, including a season-high 49.1 on floor … senior Hope Sloanhoffer
finished fourth (38.55), and freshman Nicolette Swoboda
fifth (38.5) … Sloanhoffer paced on bars with a seventh place, 9.825 score … she also paced the team on vault with a second place, 9.875 mark … additionally, she finished a team-best 9.85 on floor, good enough for sixth … junior Beth Deal
finished a team-best fifth on beam with a 9.875 score.
Notes & Quotes
Friday’s meet will air tape-delayed on SUN Sports on Sunday, March 16, at 5:30 p.m. … five scores of 9.8 or better pushed WVU to its floor score … in addition to Sloanhoffer’s finish, a season-high road mark, junior Dayah Haley
and sophomore Melissa Idell
tallied 9.825s, a career high for Idell, and Swoboda and freshman Mackenzie Myers
scored 9.8, a career best for Swoboda … senior Erica Smith
tied for fifth on vault with a 9.85, while sophomore Jaida Lawrence
and Swoboda tied for ninth with 9.8s … senior Amanda Carpenter
opened beam with a 9.775, while junior Lia Salzano
closed the lineup with a 9.775, too … the team scored 49.1 on vault, 0.05 short of its season-high mark … WVU competed at UMD on Jan. 17 and fell to the Terrapins, 193.675-193.5.
This Week in Rifle
The No. 1-ranked West Virginia University rifle team will visit the White House on Monday, March 10, for NCAA Champions Day … they will meet with President Barack Obama in the afternoon to celebrate the team’s 2013 National Championship … the Mountaineers (10-0, 7-0 GARC) will make their seventh straight appearance at the NCAA Championships and compete for a nation-best 16th title this weekend, March 14-15, at the Pat Spurgin Rifle Range and CFSB Center, in Murray, Ky.
Last Week in Rifle
The Mountaineers were idle last week
Notes & Quotes
The team is the first varsity athletic team to visit the White House for NCAA Champions Day … three-time NCAA champion Petra Zublasing is making a special trip back from Europe to the United States for the visit … the event will be streamed live on www.whitehouse.gov/live … most recently, the Mountaineers shot a two-day total score of 4700 at the 2014 Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) Championships, March 1-2, in Oxford, Miss … it is their fifth straight championship title… sophomore Garrett Spurgeon
leads the team with a 584 smallbore average, while junior Ziva Dvorsak
paces the Mountaineers with a 596 average in air rifle.
Coach Jon Hammond: “We’re honored to be the first WVU team to attend the White House. This promises to be a great moment for the student-athletes, and I’m glad they have the chance to enjoy this experience.
This Week in Tennis
The West Virginia University tennis team opens up Big 12 play with Kansas State on March 14 and Kansas on March 15 … both matches will be held at the Ridgeview Racquet Club at 1 p.m. And 11 a.m., respectively.
Last Week in Tennis
The Moutaineers (3-8) fell to Cornell on March 8, 5-2, but came back with a win over West Virginia State on March 9, 6-1.
Notes & Quotes
Freshman Kaja Mrgole
went 2-0 this weekend and leads the team with seven victories in singles … sophomore Vivian Tsui
has won four of her last five singles matches, tallying two more this weekend against Cornell and West Virginia State …freshman Oana Manole
won her first singles match at the No. 2 position, and her sixth overall this season … the freshmen tandem of Mrgole and Manole rebounded with its team-high sixth win in doubles this weekend.