WVU Women's Season Ends

The West Virginia women's basketball team's season ended in the second round, as it was trounced by No. 1 seed Stanford 72-55 on Monday night.

The Mountaineers (24-10), an eight-seed, couldn't keep up with the efficient and high-scoring Cardinal in the first half. A disappointing first-half performance allowed Stanford to take a 17-point lead into the break – and WVU just didn't have enough fire power to mount a comeback.

Stanford shot 43.4 percent, the best vs. West Virginia since Feb. 25 vs. Cincinnati. The Cardinal was led by four players, Amber Orrange, Nnemkadi Ogwumike, Chiney Ogwumike and Toni Kokenis, who all finished in double figures. Those four players outscored the Mountaineers' entire team.

WVU, on the other hand, could only muster a 31.1 percent shooting performance. The Mountaineers were led offensively by centers Ayana Dunning and Asya Bussie, who combined for 24 points and 15 rebounds.

Despite having just one senior – who didn't play significant minutes – the Mountaineers under head coach Mike Carey made it to the NCAA tournament for the fifth time in six seasons.

WVU returns all but one player – senior center Natalie Burton – next season including all-Big East Conference center Bussie.


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