Ownes did all of her damage in the second half after being shut out in the first. Most of it came from long range, as she drained five of six three-point attempts to forestall nay thoughts of a Panther comeback.
Yinka Sanni added 14 points on 5-5 shooting from the field, but was again saddled with foul problems that kept her from an even bigger night. She was on the court for just 13 minutes, but had six rebounds and two blocked shots during the limited outing.
With the win, WVU puts itself in contention for an at-large NCAA bid, but can't consider itself a lock just yet. The Mountaineers are now 18-9 overall and 9-5 in the Big East, with games remaining against Cincinnati at home and at Louisville.A win in one of those games would likley put WV above most other bubble contenders, while two more wins overall (which could also be gained in the Big East tournament) would assure a bid.