Mountaineers Continue Hot Streak

While the men were reigning victorious on the road at Rutgers, the Mountaineer women's team was taking care of business back home with a 67-49 win over the Syracuse Orange.

With the win, the Mountaineers are now 15-7, including a very respectable 6-3 in the Big East. The Mountaineers have won their last seven games, beginning with a January 9 contest at DePaul. It was the sixth straight time that Mike Carey's squad has defeated Syracuse.

Leading the way against the Orange was junior guard LaQuita Owens. The 5'9" Charlotte, N.C. product was 10-19 from the floor, including 5-10 from three-point land to finish with a game-high 26 points. She added 11 rebounds to complete her double-double, and also was credited with three of West Virginia's nine blocked shots. Sparkle Davis netted 13, and Olayinka Sanni had 10 points and eight rebounds. Junior forward Chakhia Cole finished with nine points, seven assists, five rebounds, and three steals to fill out her stat line.

The Orange were ice cold from the field in the first half, making just eight baskets out of 32 attempts for a 25 percent clip. They didn't fair much better in the second half, finishing 9-26. For the game, the Orange (8-17 overall, 2-7 in the Big East) shot just 29 percent.

West Virginia shot 41.5 percent for the game, and finished 8-24 from behind the arc. The home team forced 19 turnovers, which led to 23 Mountaineer points.

It wasn't all roses for the Mountaineers, though. The Blue and Gold played sluggish for stretches in both halves, and recorded 13 turnovers of their own. West Virginia was also outrebounded by a count of 44-40, while giving up 18 offensive rebounds to the 'Cuse.

West Virginia's next game will be at Notre Dame on Sunday. Tip is set for 5:30 from South Bend.

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