Bulger Sisters Lead WVU To Easy 79-53 Win

WVU had four players score in double figures as the Mountaineers women's team easily defeated Marshall, 79-53, in the opening game of the Toyota Capital Classic in Charleston on Wednesday night...

"I thought we played better in the second half, but we dug ourselves such a hole that we couldn't come out of it," said Marshall coach Royce Chadwick. "We had a lot of times where we forgot what their (WVU) tendencies were."

Marshall's Catie Knable (15 points, 12 rebounds) and Sikeetha Shepard-Hall (10 points) were the only two Marshall players in double figures.

Marshall's Amy Smith fought through the pressure of WVU's Michelle Carter (5) and Sherell Sowho.

The hot three point shooting of sisters Kate and Meg Bulger shot WVU out to a massive 20-point lead early in the first half, 34-14. Marshall struggled from the opening tip and only shot 39.1% in the first half.

"We lost Bulger a couple of times, and Sowho, we lost her twice," Chadwick explained of WVU's quick 11-point lead early in the game. "Sowho hit back-to-back threes on us, Bulger hit another one, and now it's a 10 point game. We're just not playing like a well-oiled machine right now, and I think a lot of it has to do with the inexperience we're putting on the floor."

WVU amassed a 43-21 lead at the half.

"They can really, really play," summed up Chadwick of Kate and Meg Bulger's combined 5-of-9 shooting from three point range. "If you give them a wide-open look, 9 times out of 10 they'll knock them down."

Meg Bulger's three-pointer with 12:26 left in the game increased the WVU lead to the game-high of 31 points. Marshall could get no closer than 20 points, 68-48 with 5:30 left in the game.

Yolanda Paige led WVU with 19 points and 12 assists. WVU hit 57.4% from the floor and forced 22 Marshall turnovers. Sherell Sowho (18 points), Meg Bulger (16 points), and sister Kate Bulger (13 points) also scored in double figures.

"Way too many turnovers trying to get the ball to the post," Chadwick added.

Marshall skids to 10-6 overall with the loss, while WVU bumped up to 12-5 overall with the win.

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