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On a night in which the West Virginia Mountaineers' Cinderella run through the Big East Women's Tournament was supposed to end, the women's defensive intensity reached heights not seen all season.

WVU's outstanding defensive effort, combined with Britney Davis-White's 21 points, helped WVU knock off top seeded Rutgers by the score of 56-40. Rutgers, the number six team in the nation, made just 15 of its 53 shots from the field against the suddenly defensive-minded Mountaineers.

West Virginia harrassed the Scarlet Kinghts into 23 turnovers, and allowed just one Rutgers player, star guard Cappie Poindexter, in double figures with 21. Poindexter's output was cancelled out by Davis-White, but the Scarlet Knights had no answer for Chakhia Cole's 18 points and nine rebounds. Cole and Davis-White were the only two players in double figures for the Mountaineers, but LaQuita Owens came close as she scored nine points.

West Virginia jumped out to an early lead behind a lay up by Cole that put the Mountaineers up 6-3. The low scoring first half ended on an Olayinka Sanni lay up, which gave WVU an 18-16 lead going into the locker room.

In the second half Michelle Campbell and the Scarlet Knights looked like they could pull away after she hit a lay up to give Rutgers a 22-18 lead early on in the half. The Mountaineers didn't back down, however, as they went on a 9-0 run that put them back in front 27-22. A three pointer by Owens extended the lead to 35-26. Cole then hit back to back lay ups to give WVU its first double digit lead of the game at 40-28.

Pondexter tried to single handedly bring her team back into the game as she hit a three pointer to cut the lead to 42-35, but that would be as close as they would get. Cole hit a lay up with about four minutes to go to get the lead back out to 46-35 and the Mountaineers began to celebrate one of the biggest upset wins in their history.

The Mountaineers shot 34 free throws during the game and made 21 of them, compared to 13 foul shots for the Scarlet Knights. The final rebound total stood at 37 each.

West Virginia, the lowest seed (#12) to ever make the tournament championship game, now advance to the final for the first time in history. They face Connecticut, a 69-57 winner over DePaul, at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday on ESPN 2.

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