Women Drop Road Test

The West Virginia women's basketball team began a two game road trip at Seton Hall Saturday afternoon, hoping to rebound from an 82-57 loss to the #4 Connecticut Huskies.

Unfortunately for the Mountaineers, they again had trouble rebounding - literally and figuratively. Leading 49-47 with 1:13 to go, West Virginia dropped a 57-50 contest to the Pirates and dropped under the .500 mark in Big East conference play.

The game was close and sloppy, to say the least. WVU's biggest lead came at 24-20 in the opening seconds of the second half, and Seton Hall's best lead was 14-7 early on in the contest. Most significant was the Seton Hall run to end the game - WVU committed two turnovers and sent the Pirates to the free throw line a total of eight times in the final minute to seal their own fate.

Neither team was really able to establish a good shooting stretch, but the Mountaineers did mangae to come out on top in that department by making just 37% of their shots from the field. However, it was the inside game made the difference once again. Michelle Carter fouled out of this contest with only five points and Latitia Williams scored but four. In the paint, WVU only managed 12 points while the Pirates scored double that total. The Pirates als got 15 second chance points by grabbing 17 offensive rebounds.

WVU was led in scoring by Kate Bulger and Yolanda Paige, who each scored ten. Further illustrating their struggles inside, the leading rebounder for WVU (by a good margin - six) was Paige, who pulled down 12.

Give the Pirates credit - they advanced to 10-3, 2-0 in Big East play - and are looking as good as they have in several years. However, this was a tough loss for WVU in that the Mountaineers haven't won a conference road game since 2001 - and this was a good opportunity for them to get a quality road victory against a team they've always matched well against. Nevertheless, this remains an ugly loss.

The Mountaineers will again try for a road win at St. John's on Tuesday.

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