Women Battle Past Coppin State

West Virginia slid out to a quick early lead and cruised to a not-so-easy 67-53 victory over Coppin State.

The Mountaineers rode a 21 point performance from Sherrell Sowho and 16 points and nine assists from Yolanda Page in front of 1,742 at the WVU Colliseum to record their eighth win of the season.

West Virginia stormed out of the blocks behind two Sherell Sowho three-point goals as the Mountaineers shot out to a quick seven point lead in the first half.

Coppin State fought back to tie the game at 19 with 5:03 remaining after the Mountaineers went on a 5:45 scoring drought.

The stellar Big East officiating crew aided the Eagles' cause as they continued to allow Coppin to play very physically, while seemingly calling the Mountaineers on every breath and touch in the first 15 minutes.

Yolanda Page shook off the effects of a sprained ankle to come alive late in the first half to stretch the Mountaineers'lead to seven points at the half. The quick senior scored six of her eight first-half points in the last two minutes.

WVU wasted no time in stretching their lead to start the second half behind two quick buckets by Chakhia Cole (eigh points, 13 rebounds) and Yelena Cole (four points, six rebounds) respectively.

Coppin State did not quit, however, and continued to take advantage of the inconsistent officiating to keep themselves within striking distance. Eagle center Leisel Harry continually caused trouble inside for the Mountaineer ladies as she chucked in 21 points on 8 of 17 shooting, and pulled down 9 rebounds. Forward Sherrie Tucker contributed 13 points for the Eagles, but in the end it just wasn't enough to keep up with the balanced Mountaineers.

Meg Bulger, despite an off night shooting, contributed 9 points, three rebounds and three steals for WVU.

West Virginia is off for the next ten days before travelling to face East Carolina on December 21st.

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