WVU Holds Off Georgetown

LaQuita Owens had her second consecutive game in double figures, this time scoring 14 points to lead WVU over Georgetown in a Saturday afternoon women's basketball game at the Coliseum.

Meg Bulger led all scorers with 16 points, and Olayinka Sanni added 14 as the Mountaineers held of Georgetown by the score of 64-58.

WVU started off fast, jumping out of the gates to a 14-3 lead behind two three-pointers from Bulger and two layups by Sanni. After the Hoyas cut the lead to eight, Owens hit her first three pointer of the game giving the Mountaineers a 20-9 lead.

After a basket by each team, Georgetown's Kate Carlin got her team back in the game as she scored eight of the Hoyas next ten points, cutting the WVU lead to 27-23. At the half the WVU lead 31-29. At the start of the second half the Hoyas took their only lead of the game on an old fashioned three-point play by Katrina Wheeler that put them ahead 32-31. Bulger and Chakhia Cole then combined on seven of WVU's next nine points to extend the Mountaineers lead back out to 38-33. After Bulger picked up her fourth foul with 16 minutes to go in the second half, LaQuita Owens came in and made her presence felt as she went on an 8-0 run of her own. That outburst gave WVU a lead of eight at 52-44.

In addition to Bulger, several Mountaineers, including Sanni, were hit with fouls in the closely called game. In the first four minutes of the second half WVU picked up a total of seven fouls on some questionable calls. After her fourth foul, Bulger turned to the official and said something with a look of disgust, but it drew no reaction.

Despite the absence of Bulger, the Mountaineers were able to hold off the Hoyas and pick up the win. Owens had a breakout game for the Mountaineers as she was 4-7 from behind the three point line, and scored eight crucial points in the second half to help put WVU out of the Hoyas reach.

For the game WVU shot 23-56 from the field, and 9-16 from three-point range. WVU did an excellent job of driving into the lane to draw the defense, and then kicking out for the three.

The point guard tandem of Ashley Powell and Sara Bucar kept the Hoyas off balance as they mixed up getting the ball inside to Sanni and Yelena Leuchanka, and passing the ball out to Bulger and Owens for the three.

WVU out rebounded the Hoyas 41-33. Cole led in rebounds with 13, and Leuchanka had 12 boards.

The Mountaineers improved their record to 10-4 overall and 3-1 in the Big East. WVU is off until Wednesday when they go on the road to face the Villanova Wildcats. Tip time for the game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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