That Should Do It

Nearly four months ago, a West Virginia athletic team traveled to Louisville for a game that had major postseason implications. On Monday night, it was deja vu all over again...almost.

The Mountaineer women's basketball team rallied from a deep first-half deficit to overtake nationally-ranked Louisville by an overtime final of 76-61 in front of 4,249 fans at U of L. Leading the way for WVU was guard LaQuita Owens, who finished with a career-best 30 points. The Charlotte, N.C. native also pulled down nine rebounds and collected five steals to fill out her stat line.

It was a total team effort for the visitors as junior center Olayinka Sanni finished with 21 points and nine rebounds, while junior forward Chakhia Cole netted 14 and four. Sophomore point guard Ashley Powell scored just two points, but dished out 10 assists and made a huge defensive play late in the second half when she took a charge.

The Mountaineers shot 13-15 from the foul line, and forced 21 turnovers for the Cardinals.

The win over Louisville combined with DePaul's win over Notre Dame means that West Virginia (20-9 overall, 11-5 in Big East competition) will receive the fourth seed in the Big East Tournament, which begins this weekend in Hartford, Ct. That seed is good enough to give Mike Carey's club a first round bye in the tournament. The Mountaineers will next play on Sunday at noon against the winner of Saturday's game between Louisville and St. John's. West Virginia's Sunday afternoon game will air nationally on ESPNU.

Most importantly, the win over Louisville all but seals up an NCAA Tournament berth for the Mountaineers. An 11-5 record in the Big East combined with several notable victories and a brutal out of conference schedule should be more than enough to send the Blue & Gold to the dance.

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