Women Off To Good Start

The West Virginia's womens' basketball team had a successful season debut as they jumped out to a big early margin in downing UNC Greensboro 67-39 on Friday at the WVU Coliseum.

Powered by sophomore Meg Bulger, who scored 29 points, WVU ran up an early 20-2 lead, then backed that up with another 20-9 run to lead 40-11 at halftime. WVU held the visitors to a mere 4-27 from the field in the first half, and while UNCG managed to double their number of makes in the second half, the women were never seriously threatened.

In additon to Bulger, who tallied her carrier high on 11-16 shooting from the field, including 5 of 6 from three-point range, the Mountainers got a big boost from 6-5 center Yelena Leuchanka, who sat out last season due to a knee injury. Leuchanka grabbed nine rebounds in just 19 minutes of action, and provided WVU with the inside presence they have sorely lacked over the past few years.

Yolanda Paige was her usual stellar self in running the offense, racking up 14 assists in a low, for her, 32 minutes of action. Sherell Sowho (10 points) was the only other Mountaineer in double figures in scoring.

UNCG shot an abysmal 21.4% from the field for the game, while WVU countered with an excellent 51.8%, many on tries close to the hoop. Bulger ws the only Mountaineer to make a three-point shot.

WVU figures to face a stiffer test when they host Northwestern on Monday at the Coliseum. The Mountianeers will be attempting to avenge a three point loss from last season.

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