Mountaineers Defeat Hoyas

West Virginia's women's basketball team continued its recent hot streak with a lopsided 69-47 road victory over the Georgetown Hoyas on Saturday afternoon.

Things were going West Virginia's way coming into the game, and the first half was certainly no different. With the score tied at 19, the Mountaineers went on a 19-0 run to break the game wide open. They would head into the locker room with a 39-21 lead.

Just how dominant were the Mountaineers in the first half? West Virginia led the Hoyas in nearly every statistical category. The Mountaineers outscored Georgetown in the paint 20-2, and held a decisive 20-12 advantage on the glass. West Virginia also forced 10 first half turnovers by the Hoyas, and had nine fast break points.

In the second half, Georgetown came out looking as though it would put up a fight on its home court. The Hoyas outscored West Virginia 7-0 over the first five minutes of the second half, but 11 points was as close as they would get to the white-hot Mountaineers.

Junior center Olayinka Sanni led the way for West Virginia with a game-high 26 points. Junior forward Chakhia Cole turned in a magnificent game with 18 points and a career-high nine assists. LaQuita Owens scored 16 points, while going 4-8 from behind the three-point line. Point guard Ashley Powell dished out six assists for the Mountaineers, who had 20 dimes as a team.

Georgetown was led by junior guard Kristin Heidloff's 18 points. Forward Kieraah Marlow chipped in with 13 for the Hoyas.

West Virginia is now 14-7 overall, including a 5-3 mark in Big East play. The Mountaineers will look for their seventh straight victory on Wednesday night when they host the Syracuse Orange. Tipoff at the Coliseum is set for 7:30 PM.

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