No Meg Bulger, no problem for Mike Carey's No. 12 Mountaineers. West Virginia (16-3, 5-1) used a 22-point, seven rebound effort from senior guard LaQuita Owens, and got balanced scoring throughout the roster to cruise to a 67-35 win over visiting Georgetown (11-8, 1-5).
Owens was 9-for-17 from the field, nailing four of her team's nine 3s on the afternoon route. Point guard Ashley Powell hit the first two 3s of her Mountaineer career on her way to scoring nine points. Starting center Yinka Sanni, and freshman reserve Liz Repella also scored nine points apiece to help the effort of the hosts.
The Mountaineers raced out to a 40-20 first half lead, courtesy of a 16-3 run midway through the period which thwarted any realistic hopes of a Georgetown upset. West Virginia held the Hoyas to just 32 percent from the floor in the first half. The Mountaineers burned the nets for better than 60 percent from the field.
West Virginia continued its domination in the final 20 minutes, holding the Hoyas to just six second half field goals and 15 points, while widening its lead to as many as 35 points with two minutes remaining in regulation. WVU continued its hot shooting, finishing the game with nine made 3s, and shooting 52 percent overall from the floor.
The defensive effort against the Hoyas was good enough to set a school record for fewest points allowed in Big East play. During the 2004 season, the Mountaineers twice allowed just 36 points in a game (Pitt, Syracuse).
The win sets up a Big East showdown on Tuesday night at the Coliseum as the No. 12 Mountaineers play host to No. 5 Rutgers, last season's national runner-up. Tipoff is set for 7:00.