Sanni Burns Friars

West Virginia's women's basketball team improved to 10-7 with a 69-57 victory over Providence.

Junior center Olyinka Sanni led the way for West Virginia with 25 points and 13 rebounds. The double-double was the eighth of Sanni's career, and her fifth this season.

"I thought that Yinka Sanni was very active once again, and that's a good sign for us," said head coach Mike Carey. "I'm playing her a lot of minutes on purpose because she didn't play a lot of minutes early in the season because she was in foul trouble."

Things started off well for the Mountaineers, who went on a 19-0 run early in the first half. The Blue and Gold built a lead as large as 25 points (32-7 at the 5:45 mark in the first half) and went into the locker room leading 41-22.

"I thought that the first half we were very active on both ends, and moved the ball well," noted Carey.

In the second half, Providence showed that they were in town for a game, not an exhibition. The Friars clawed back into the game courtesy of a 22-3 run in the first ten minutes of the final frame.

"Give them credit," said Carey. "They didn't quit. They could easily have quit. Give them credit for that, but also give our girls credit for not folding the tent. We battled back too, and ended up winning by 12."

The Mountaineers are now 2-3 in Big East play, and will return to action on Tuesday night when they host the Seton Hall Pirates.


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