Into the Win Column

Chakhia Cole recorded a double-double, scoring a career high 20 points and snaring 11 rebounds, as the West Virginia Mountaineers defeated the Syracuse Orange inside the Carrier Dome, 74-52.

Meg Bulger also had a double-double, as she had 17 points and 10 rebounds. Olayinka Sanni and Yelena Leuchanka were the other two players in double figures for the Mountaineers, as Sanni had 15 points, while Leuchanka added 12 points. The win improves WVU's record to 8-4, and 1-1 in Big East play.

After trailing early, WVU got rolling as they went on a 13-0 run to give them a 18-7 lead. The Orange cut the lead back to five, before Cole, and Leuchanka helped give the Mountaineers a 35-24 lead at the half.

In the first half, Cole had 10 points and five rebounds, while Leuchanka added nine points.

The lead continued to swell as Sanni and Bulger combined on eight of WVU's first ten points in the second half to give the Mountaineers a 43-24 lead. Sara Antolick and Ashley McMillen single handedly cut the lead back down to 45-33 for Syracuse, but that was as close as the Orange would get.

With a Meg Bulger three pointer and a layup by Leuchanka, the Mountaineers pushed the lead back over 20 at 64-42 with six minutes left in the game, stopping any hopes of an Orange comeback.

The Mountaineers, for the first time this year, played a complete game, as they held the Orange to 18-57 from the field and only 2-14 from behind the arc. WVU was 29-61 from the field. The Mountaineers out rebounded the Orange 43- 32, and had a season low 14 turnovers.

The biggest story out of the Carrier Dome, was the WVU's ability to hold the leading scorer in the conference, Vaida Sipaviciute, to only two point. She was averaging 20.1 points coming in to the game.

Antolick led the way for the Orange wit 13 points, and Tracy Harbut added 12 in the losing effort. The Orange fell to 7-7 on the season, and 0-3 in Big East play.

WVU will next play on Tuesday, as they host the Louisville Cardinals. The Cardinals come into the game with an 11-2 mark and 2-0 in the conference, as they defeated the Villanova Wildcats 63-57 earlier today. Game time is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

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