Sanni, who has had troubles at the foul line, converted seven of her nine chances, while Owens added seven rebounds from her guard position. Lateefah Joye continued her strong play with 12 points on 4-6 shooting from the field, and Chakhia Cole added ten as the Mountaineers evened their conference record at 3-3.
Shooting percentages were the story of the game. The Pirates, who struggle from the field, hung in the game in the first half by making 42.9% of their tries, including 4-7 from three-point range. West Virginia was even hotter, making 14-25 of their tries in the opening 20 minutes, including 6-11 from downtown. The result was a 39-30 West Virginia lead at the break.
The second half was all Gold and Blue, as WVU outscored the visitors 40-24 to win going away. The Mountaineers held the Pirates to just eight field goals in the half, and ended up with 15 steals, many of which led to scores on the offensive end.
WVU remains at home for the weekend, hosting Villanova on Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Coliseum.