Streak At Seven

The West Virginia women's basketball team's woes continued as the Mountaineers lost their seventh game in a row, and tenth out of their last 12, as they fell to the South Florida Bulls 66-56 on Saturday.

South Florida owns the leading scorer in the nation in Jessica Dickson, and she didn't disappoint Bulls' fans as she led all scorers with 24 points. Ezira Parsons added 14 points for the USF. Olayinka Sanni was the only player in double figures for the Mountaineers as she scored 13 points, with nine of those coming in the first half.

The Mountaineers could not muster any form of offense, as they were held to 25 points in the first half, and only slightly bettered that with 31 in the second 20 minutes. South Florida, conversely, had several runs throughout the contest, including a 17-10 run to start the second half that put the game out of reach for the Mountaineers. West Virginia also struggled from the foul line, as they failed to capitalize on their ability to get South Florida in early foul trouble in both halves. WVU missed numerous front ends of one and one opportunities that would have helped them climb back into the game.

LaQuita Owens kept the game close early as she hit a three-pointer to cut South Florida's lead to 8-6 ealry on, and West Virginia even took the lead for a brief period of time after Sanni hit two foul shots that put the the Mountaineers up 12-11. Parsons then scored five out of the Bulls' next seven points, including a three-pointer, that put them up 19-13. Sanni hit a basket to get the lead down to three points at 22-19, but that would be as close as WVU would get for the rest of the game as South Florida ended the half on a 15-6 run. That burst extended the lead to double figures for the first time at 37-25.

In the second half USF's Nalini Miller hit a lay up to get the lead out to 54-35. Chakhia Cole cut the lead to 59-50 with around five minutes to go, but West Virginia couldn't get any closer as the lead stayed around ten points until the end of the game.

The Mountaineers, still searching for the final win that will get them into the Big East Tournament, return home to close out their regular season on Tuesday when they host the Villanova Wildcats. Tuesday is senior night at the Coliseum, with Yelena Leuchanka and Jeriece Lee beining honored before the game. WVU dropped their first meeting to Villanova this year 75-59. Tip time is set for 7:00 p.m.


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