Season For Giving

Yolanda Paige is definitely into the spirt of giving as the Christmas season approaches.

Just two weeks after handing out a school-record 18 assists against Northwestern, Paige was again in a giving mood as West Virginia cruised to a 81-52 win over Longwood at the WVU Coliseum.

Paige also scored six points and grabbed five rebounds as she continually found teammates for open shots after penetrating the Longwood defense or leading the Mountaineer fast break. the chief beneficiaries were Kate Bulger, who led the team with 16 points, and Sherell Sowho, who bounced back from a subpar effort against Wichita State to record 12. Freshman LaQuita Owens added another 12 points and Yelena Leuchanka ten for the Mountaineers.

Leuchanka again showed signs of being the dominant inside force that she was in junior college, recording a double double with ten rebounds to go along with a like number of points.

WVU played well defensively, holding the Lancers to 32% shooting from the field. The Mountaineers raced out to a 25-point halftime advantage, then coasted for most of the second half as they recorded their fifth win of the season against no losses.

West Virginia's running game was fueled by their defense. The Mountaineers nabbed 13 steals and blocked four shots, and forced 19 Longwood turnovers. Ten of the 12 Mountaineers who played in the game got into the scoring column.

WVU remains at home for a Saturday afternoon contest against Duquesne at 5:00 p.m., which precedes the Mountaineer men's game against Radford.

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