Women Perfect on Australia Trip

West Virginia completed a perfect tour down under with another rout of Cairns on Tuesday. As they did one day earlier, the Mountaineers raced out to an early lead and cruised the rest of the way to a 95-41 win.

Olayinka Sanni dominated Cairns inside, scoring 22 points on 11-13 shooting from the field. She led a conga line of six Mountaineers in double digits. Lateefah Joye (18 points), Ranisha White (14), Sparkle Davis (13), Kelly Smith (10) and Laquita Owens (10) joined Sanni on the scoring parade. WVU made 55% of it shots against the outmanned Cairns B squad.

Joye, who has emerged as a more consistent overall player on the tour, added eight rebounds and six assists to her totals. She was also quite efficient from the field, making eight of her 12 tries. Every Mountaineer scored in the contest.

WVU's defensive pressure gave the Mountaineers a decided advantage over their hosts. As it did the entire tour, West Virginia continually harassed their foes, forcing numerous turnovers and ragged offensive play. WVU forced 27 turnovers against Cairns, with 22 of those outright steals by the Gold and Blue. Davis led the onslaught with five thefts.

Owens led the Mountaineers in scoring on the trip, averaging 15 points per game. Sanni was right behind at 14.8, with joye (14.2) and Davis (12.2), also averaging in double figures. Owens also led the suqd in rebounding (8.0 per game), while Joye headed the team in assists with 18. Davis had 17 steals on the trip.

The Mountaineers enjoyed a rebounding advantage of almost 18 per game, and racked up 91 steals in the five game trip.

West Virginia has a couple of days off to enjoy the sights before returning to the U.S. on Friday evening.


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