Women Rout Cairns, Move to 4-0

West Virginia put five players in double figures as they routed Cairns 98-50 to move to 4-0 on their Australia exhibition tour

Lateefah Joye led a parade of Mountaineers with 21 points as WVU overwhelmed Cairns from the outset.WVU scored a whopping 30 points in the opening quarter and led by 22 points at the end of the period. Kelly Smith (17 points), LaQuita Owens (17), Olayinka Sanni (16) and Sparkle Davis (11) also scored in double figures.

As it has for the entire tour, West Virginia's defensive pressure and quickness paid dividends. The Mountaineers forced 28 turnovers and never allowed the Dolphins into the game. In four games on the tour, WVU has recorded 69 steals and forced a whopping 108 turnovers.

WVU also continued its dominance on the offensive glass. The Mountaineers actually had more offensive rebounds (24) than defensive (22), and outrebounded Cairns by 20. In the first four games, WVU owns a 197-121 rebound advantage, and has piled up 94 offensive boards.

Chakhia Cole saw her first action of the trip, chipping in seven points and five rebounds in 17 minutes of action. Cole had been sidelined with an ankle sprain suffered just before the team departed the U.S.

The Mountaineers also had their best overall shoooting performance of the trip, canning eight of 18 three-point tries and hitting 22-32 from the foul line. The 22 successful foul shots were one more than the teams total in the first three games combined.

West Virginia concludes its 2007 Australian summer tour tomorrow at 4 p.m. when it takes on Cairns in a rematch of game four. The Mountaineers will then spend Wednesday in Cairns, return to Sydney Thursday morning and depart back to the United States Friday morning.

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