Varsity Sports Report & Athlete Of Week

Senior center Olayinka Sanni has been named West Virginia University's athlete of the week for her performance against Duquesne on Dec. 7.

The Chicago Heights, Ill., native scored a career-high 29 points, shooting 12-for-20 from the floor, in her 29 minutes of action as WVU cruised past Duquesne, 91-64, in Pittsburgh. Sanni, who pulled down four offensive rebounds, was one of five Mountaineers in double-digit scoring on the night.

This Week in Women's Basketball

West Virginia has a week off for final examinations before resuming action against Presbyterian at the WVU Coliseum on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 1:30 p.m. before the men's team faces UMBC at 4 p.m.

Last Week in Women's Basketball

No. 13/13 WVU improved to 8-1 by defeating Duquesne (5-4), 91-64, in non-conference action on Dec. 7, at the A.J. Palumbo Center … the win marked the fifth-straight victory for the Mountaineers … senior center Olayinka Sanni scored a career-best 29 points on 12-of-20 shooting in just 29 minutes of action to lead five Mountaineers in double figures … senior Meg Bulger and junior guard Sparkle Davis each scored 14 points while combining to shoot 7-for-8 from 3-point range … senior Chakhia Cole added 13 points, five assists and four rebounds while fellow senior LaQuita Owens tallied 10 points … Kristi Little paced the Dukes with 18 points while Samantha Pollino netted 16.

Notes & Quotes

WVU improved to 32-7 all-time against Duquesne, 14-5 all-time at Duquesne and has won eight straight in the series, including seven-straight under Carey … WVU tallied 29 assists on 37 made baskets on the night, tying a Mike Carey era record for most team assists in a contest (at Robert Morris, 2002) … Sanni's previous career high was 28 set against Kennesaw State two seasons ago … Sanni's 29 points marked her 15th career 20-point effort, moving her into a tie for 11th place on WVU's career 20-point game list … Bulger's four 3-pointers marked the 16th time in her last 20 games that she has made at least three in a game … Davis was perfect against the Dukes, shooting 5-of-5 from the field.

This Week in Swimming and Diving

The West Virginia University men's and women's swimming and diving teams will have a month off for the holiday season … the Mountaineers will return to action on Saturday, Jan. 12, as they host BIG EAST rival Pitt at the WVU Natatorium … meet time is set for 11 a.m.

Last Week in Swimming & Diving

The Mountaineers were idle last week.

Notes & Quotes

The WVU men's swimming and diving teams are 6-6, 2-1 on the season, while the women's team is 8-3, 2-1, after completing Georgia Invitational on Sunday, Dec. 2, in Athens Georgia.

This Week in Women's Track

West Virginia is on semester break and will next compete at Penn State on Jan. 12, in University Park, Pa.

Last Week in Women's Track

WVU had some stellar showing by some of the younger athletes in the program at the WVU Holiday Classic on Dec. 8 … there were no team results, just individual results only … freshman Chelsea Carrier, competing in her first collegiate meet, won two events with Big East and ECAC qualifying performances … the Buckhannon, W.Va., native easily took the long jump with a leap of 5.71 meters and cruised to victory in the 60-meter hurdle prelims and finals … Carrier ran the 60-meter hurdles in 8.71 during the prelimary before running an 8.90 in the final … the Mountaineers had two Big East qualifiers in the high jump ... Natasha Redman and freshman Katelyn Williams each cleared 1.66 meters … sophomore Kristen Loughry cleared a Big East qualifying and meet-high 3.40 meters in the pole vault … Loughry also placed third in the 60-meter dash at 8.05, while freshman Kelly Fortune was second at 8.03 … Fortune also took third in the 60-meter hurdles at 9.33 … thrower LaShawna Black heaved her personal-best in the shotput ... Black's throw was measured at a Big East qualifying mark of 13.10 meters to win the event … the 4x400 relay team of April Rotilio, Loughry, Williams and Carrier also took first with a time of 4:02.81 … other top WVU performances included Alison Spiker winning the 3,000-meter run (10:22), Roshawna Mongold winning the 800-meters (2:33.09), Nicole Lemal taking first in the mile (5:29.55) and Brittany Hohn taking second in the 200-meter dash (26.51).

Notes & Quotes

"Obviously, I walk away from every meet thinking we could have always done better in certain areas. But we performed pretty well for our first meet with a very young team. This was a good showing for some of the youth in our program." – first-year head coach Sean Cleary.

This Week in Rifle

The rifle team is idle this week and will open the second portion of its season when they play host to Nebraska on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 8 a.m., at the WVU rifle range.

Last Week in Rifle

The rifle team was idle.

Notes & Quotes

Three Mountaineers shot personal bests against Kentucky on Nov. 10, their last fall match ... junior Paul Miller shot a 570 in smallbore while teammate Andrew Lamson shot a 583 in air rifle, along with Brandi Eskew's 584.

This Week in Wrestling

The West Virginia University wrestling team will be off until their back-to-back dual meets in California against Cal State Fullerton on Wednesday, Jan. 2, and Cal Poly on Thursday, Jan. 3.

Last Week in Wrestling

The wrestling team was idle.

Notes & Quotes

In the Mountaineers last match, WVU finished in 12th place out of 50 squads with 55.5 points at the Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas, Nev., Nov. 30-Dec. 1.

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