WVU Beats ABA Select, Now 3-0

West Virginia University's women's basketball team improved to 3-0 on its Australian exhibition tour with a decisive 80-53 victory over ABA Select at the North Beaches Indoor Sports Complex.

Redshirt freshman Kelly Smith came off the bench to lead the team in scoring with 15 points, all in the first half, on 5-7 shooting including 4-4 from the free throw line. Five other Mountaineers tallied double-figure scoring evenings, including guards LaQuita Owens and Lateefah Joye with 14 points each.

"Kelly was very active tonight and really gave us a spark in the first half," WVU coach Mike Carey said. "Lateefah Joye played exceptionally well for the second straight night as she brought a lot of energy to floor right from the opening tip."

Owens also grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds, including 10 offensive, and had a game-high six assists. WVU has had at least one player record a double-double in each of its exhibition games thus far. Aside from her point total, Joye grabbed nine rebounds, recorded four blocks and dished out three assists. Sparkle Davis (10), Olayinka Sanni (10) and Ashley Powell (11) were the other Mountaineers to reach double-figures in points. West Virginia outrebounded ABA Select 55-32, tallied 16 steals and forced 23 turnovers in the process. Jenna Bilton led ABA with 15 points. Sian Demello added 12.

"We're looking forward to our trip to Cairns tomorrow and touring the Great Barrier Reef," Carey added. "We'll have a couple days rest which should help in getting our legs back for our two games early next week."

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