Women Upset Cardinals

It seems as if every year in the NCAA tournament, a number 12 seed upsets a number five in the first round.

Number 12 seed West Virginia's women's team grabbed a bit of that mojo and applied it to its opening round Big East tournament game as it upset number five Louisville 54-45 in the first round on Saturday.

West Virginia was lead by Britney Davis White with 19 points, and got their much-needed three scorers in double figures to help knock off the Cardinals. LaQuita Owens added 14 points for the Mountaineers, and Yelena Leuchanka scored 10 as WVU held Louisville in check on the offensive end. Jazz Covington and Connie Neal were the only two scorers in double figures for UL, eachy tallying 11 points.

With the win, WVU advances to the second round, where they will take on fourth-seeded St. John's.

The Mountaineers started off quickly as they went on an 11-3 run out of the gate that was capped off by a lay up by Chakhia Cole. The lead continued to swell for WVU as they got their first double-digit lead of the half after a lay up by Olayinka Sanni gave the Mountaineers a 19-8 lead. WVU got its biggest lead of the game when Leuchanka made a nice basket to put the lead out to 20 points at 31-11. Louisville ended the half on a 5-0 run to get the lead down to 31-16 at halftime.

In the second half Owens hit a big three pointer to again give West Virginia a comfortable lead at 42-24, but Louisville was not finished.

Covington hit a jump shot with five minutes to go to cut the lead to twelve points at 46-34. Two more foul shots by Covington cut the lead into single digits at 49-40, and a three-pointer by Neal got the lead down to six at 51-45, but that would be as close as they would get.

For the game, WVU shot 21-59 for the game, and 7-26 from behind the arc. The Mountaineers were out rebounded for the game47-38. For the second consecutive game WVU was under their average turnover margin, committing only 10 to Louisville's 20.

West Virginia lost to St. Johns in their last meeting 74-69 at Madison Square Garden. Int was in that game that Meg Bulger went down for the season with a torn ACL. The Mountaineers and Red Storm tip off their meeting at noon on Sunday.


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