Shooting Woes Continue

It looked as if West Virginia's men's team handed off their shooting woes to the women as the teams crossed paths on their midweek road trip. WVU's women missed their first eight shots of the half and failed to score for the first nine minutes of the second half en route to an ugly 66-55 decision to Seton Hall on Thursday.

The loss, WVU's second against no wins in the young Big East season, was especially disappointing as the Mountaineers were looking to bounce back from a home loss to Boston College. Instead, it was the homestanding Pirates who dominated play and kept WVU at the bottom of the conference standings.

In the second half, the Pirates extended their lead, mostly on the strength of their work on the boards. Seton Hall controlled the glass on both ends, and limited the Mountaineers to just one shot attempt on many trips. In addition to the massive zero in the first nine minutes, WVU scored just five points in the first 15 minutes of the period, while the homestanding Pirates tallied 22 to push their advantage to 53-31. Seton Hall grabbed eight offensive rebounds and bludgeoned the Mountaineers with second chance points as they took great advantage of WVU's weakened inside presence.

WVU (9-3, 0-2) got out to an early 6-0 lead, and played the Pirates evenly through the opening minutes. The Mountaineers trailed by just three points at 22-19, and appeared to finally be overcoming their offensive woes. However, WVU again went cold from the field, and disorganized offensive play yielded just seven points the rest of the way. Seton Hall led 31-26 at the break before bursting out of the gate in the second half to bury the visiting Mountaineers.

One of the few bright spots of the game was a new record set by senior point guard Yolanda Paige. The Virginia native became West Virginia's all-time assist leader in the first half of the contest. Her second assist of the game gave her 726 career dishes, one more than former record holder Rosemary Kosiorek.

Meg Bulger had 16 points and five rebound, while Paige added 10 points and six assists.

WVU, losers of its last three straight, travel on to Rhode Island to face woeful Providence Saturday at 2:00 p.m.

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