Bulger's Career High Leads Mountaineer Women

The Mountaineer women's basketball team fought through a sluggish first half to come out on top of a 74-54 decision over the rival Duquesne Dukes in the first half of a Mountaineer basketball double-header Saturday inside the WVU Coliseum.

The first half was marked by sloppy play all around, with the Mountaineers shooting 38 percent, just a shade above the 37 percent shot by the Dukes. Officiating in the first half was less than consistent too, as the Mountaineer defense blocked a Duke shot with less than a second remaining on the shot clock, which should be a shot clock violation. With everyone in the Coliseum yelling at the refs to make the call, a Duquesne player picked up the loose ball and drained a three.

Also at the end of the half, Duquesne player Aiga Bautre put up a desperation shot in the lane, which fell no good at the horn. After the Mountaineers were already off the court though, a foul was whistled on Kate Glusko and Bautre was awarded two free throws with no time on the clock. Luckily for the Blue and Gold, she only hit one. Glusko more than filled her role in the first half though, scoring seven points off the bench on 3-5 shooting. Meg Bulger led the Mountaineer attack with 10 points, including a pair of three pointers. At the half the Mountaineers led by eight, 35-27.

Mike Carey must have gotten the players' attention at the half, because the product on the floor in the second half looked much more inspired on both offense and defense.

"We played four guards for most of the second half because Duquesne went small, and I felt we'd match-up better. We put our shooters in the game, and Meg and Kate responded well."

The Dukes refused to go away though, closing the gap to as little as three points. After Bautre hit a jumper to pull the Dukes within 44-39, the Mountaineers took off on a 13-0 run, and never really looked back. Bulger went off in the second half, scoring 20 points to give her a total of 30 for the night, a new career high. The sophomore from Pittsburgh also pulled down nine rebounds, having to play much of the second half at the "five." Meg shot 8-13 during the second half barrage, while playing all 40 minutes in the contest.

Sherell Sowho chipped in with 17 points of her own. Glusko also finished in double figures with 10 points. Senior point guard Yolanda Paige continued her stellar season, handing out 13 assists.

The Mountaineers now improve to 6-0.


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