Varsity Sports Report

West Virginia University has named women's basketball player LaQuita Owens its athlete of the week Owens led WVU to wins over Marshall and Georgetown last week.

Against Georgetown on Jan. 26, the Charlotte, N.C., native was the only Mountaineer player in double figures with 22 points, connecting on 9-of-17 shots from the field and 4-of-10 attempts from 3- point land. Owens also grabbed a team-high seven boards in the contest.

On Jan. 23 against the Herd, Owens scored 11 points in a key three-minute span in the second half that helped the Mountaineers pull away from Marshall 58- 51, in the Chesapeake Capital Classic in Charleston, W.Va.

The Mountaineers are now 16-3, 5-1 in conference play.


This Week in Women's Basketball

The 12-ranked Mountaineers return to action on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m., when they take on No. 5 Rutgers at the WVU Coliseum … the game will be broadcast on West Virginia Public Broadcasting … WVU then travels to face Seton Hall on Feb. 3, at 2 p.m., in South Orange, N.J.

Last Week in Women's Basketball

The Mountaineers went 2-0 last week and moved up to No. 12 in both polls … WVU first defeated Marshall, 58-51, in the Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic on Jan. 23, at the Charleston Civic Center in Charleston, W.Va. … senior center Olayinka Sanni tallied her third straight double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds … point guard Ashley Powell also chipped in a career-high 13 points for the Mountaineers … the Herd's Kizzy Hart poured in a game-high 18 points …WVU limited Marshall to a 27.8 field goal percentage on 15-54 shooting ... No. 12 West Virginia then topped Georgetown 67-35 at the WVU Coliseum … the Mountaineers used a 16-3 run midway through the first half to pull away from the Hoyas … LaQuita Owens led WVU with 22 points, connecting on 9 of 17 shots from the field and was 4-for-10 from 3-point land … Owens also had a team-high seven boards … Monica McNutt led the Hoyas with 13 points … reserve Liz Repella came off the bench to score nine points … Powell hit on all three of her shot attempts, including draining the first two 3-point baskets of her career.

Notes & Quotes

With the pair of wins, WVU is now 16-3 and 5-1 in conference play entering a key BIG EAST game against fifth-ranked Rutgers in Morgantown … Chakhia Cole now owns the school's all-time record for consecutive games started with 116 games. West Virginia University - Varsity Sports Report This Week in Rifle The rifle team is off for two weeks before playing host to Virginia Military Institute on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 8 a.m.


Last Week in Rifle

The Mountaineers team went 2-0 this past week as the Mountaineers defeated Memphis, 4609-4470, on Saturday, Jan. 26, before traveling to Tennessee Tech to down the Golden Eagles, 4614-4528 … WVU took on Memphis at the 2008 Roger Withrow Invitational held at Murray State … a total of 16 schools and clubs competed in the annual event and although WVU's match score only counted against Memphis, the Mountaineers topped the entire field … freshman Kyle Smith shot his personal best and finished first in air rifle with a score of 586 … senior Natasha Dinsmore set a new smallbore personal best at 569, topping her previous best set at 567 against Alaska-Fairbanks on Jan. 18. Following the win, WVU traveled to Tennessee Tech on Sunday, Jan. 27, where the Mountaineers picked up their third straight win … freshman Brandi Eskew topped the field in smallbore after shooting a 577, while senior Lafe Kunkel totaled 585 in air rifle … WVU defeated Tennessee Tech with a score of 2292 in smallbore and 2322 in air rifle.

Notes & Quotes

"This was another good win for us. Brandi had a great day shooting smallbore. We had better air rifle scores this past weekend and if we can bring our smallbore up to where we were a month ago and keep air rifle up, then we can shoot well for the NCAA Qualifiers coming up in February. All in all, everyone was solid." - Head Coach Jon Hammond on the match against Tennessee Tech. The Mountaineers are now 7-3 on the season. This Week in Swimming and Diving The West Virginia University men's and women's swimming and diving teams will have a month of rest before traveling to the Nassau County Aquatic Center in East Meadow, N.Y., for the BIG EAST Championships on Feb. 20.


Last Week in Swimming and Diving

The West Virginia University men's and women's swimming and diving teams fell to BIG EAST foe Notre Dame this past weekend at the Rolfs Aquatic Center, in South Bend, Ind. ... the Fighting Irish defeated the Mountaineers 214-150 on the men's side and 249-116 on the women's.

Notes & Quotes

Leading the Mountaineers on the men's side were junior Michael Walker and senior Nick Delic ... Walker took first place in the 400 IM (3.58.39), the 100 Back (51.47), the 200 Back (1:50.82) and in the 200 IM (1:53.30) ... Delic posted wins in the 100 Butterfly (48.74), the 100 Free (45.70) and in the 50 Free (20.84) ... senior Kevin Donohue also had a good showing with a win in the 200 Breast (2:02.52), while also setting a pool record in the 100 Breast with a time of 54.66 ... in the relay events, the WVU men's 200 Medley Relay and 400 Medley Relay teams took first place with times of 1:31.29 and 3:22.25 ... on the women's side, junior Lindsey Largo led the Mountaineers with wins in the 400 IM (4:28.32) and in the 1650 Free (16:49.80) ... sophomore Kayla Anadrews finished second in the 100 Free (50.73) and in the 50 Free (23.88), while junior Isabel Perez posted second-place finishes in the 200 Breast (2:22.50) and in the 200 IM (2:08.21) ... the women's relay teams also swam well with a first-place finish in the 400 Free (3:30.16) and second place finishes in the 200 Medley Relay (1:45.48) and the 200 Free Relay (1:36.94).


This Week in Women's Track

West Virginia will play host to the State Farm Games on Feb. 2 at the WVU Shell Building. Last Week in Women's Track WVU competed at the Penn State Invitational on Jan. 25-26, at the Horace Ashenfelter III Indoor Track in University Park, Pa. … Marie-Louise Asselin headlined West Virginia's afternoon by winning the 1,000-meter run with a time of 2:47.94 … Asselin edged Georgetown's pair of Renee Tomlin (2:48.22) and Maggie Infeld (2:50.55) in school history … Asselin's time ranks behind Kate Vermeulen (2:43.01), Megan Metcalfe (2:46.78) and Merissa Sexsmith (2:47.48) … freshman Katelyn Williams cleared 1.72-meters in the high jump to take fifth place … WVU's distance medley relay of April Rotilio, Asselin, Karly Hamric and Clara Grandt took fourth with a time of 11:45.32 … West Virginia freshman Chelsea Carrier placed sixth in the indoor pentathlon with 3,601 points … freshman Ahna Lewis ran to a second-place finish at 10:08.77 in the 3,000-meter run … Rotilio placed seventh in her section of the 200-meter dash at 24.79 … Maria Dalzot placed eighth in her group in the 1-mile run with a time of 5:11.86.

Notes & Quotes

"Those were a couple of wonderful performances by our girls today. Asselin runs the fourth-best time in school history in that event and Katelyn Williams jumped great in her event." – Head Coach Sean Cleary


This Week in Wrestling

The West Virginia University wrestling team takes on the Lock Haven Bald Eagles on Sunday, Feb. 3, at 1 p.m. at the Coliseum. Last Week in Wrestling The wrestling team got off to an impressive start in EWL (Eastern Wrestling League) action after finishing 2-0 for the week … on Thursday, Jan, 24, WVU defeated Clarion, 35-3, at the Coliseum … the Mountaineers (5-3, 2-0) won nine of their 10 matches en route to a dominating team performance … WVU was led by Dustin Rogers, who pinned his opponent in only 39 seconds to cap the match … on Friday, Jan. 25, the Mountaineers wrestled in their second consecutive home meet and defeated a talented Bloomsburg squad, 21-12 … after losing its first three matches, WVU reeled off six consecutive victories … senior Zac Fryling defeated No. 17 ranked Matt Moley of Bloomsburg in a 3- 1 decision in overtime to highlight the bout of the night … Donnie Jones also won a critical match after defeating his opponent in a come-from-behind 6-5 decision.

Notes & Quotes

Six wrestlers went 2-0 during the week, including David Jauregui (149), Zac Fryling (157), Donnie Jones (165), Chance Litton (174), Kurt Brenner (184) and Jared Villers (197) … Villers improved to a team-leading record of 12-2 and is 8-0 in dual matches … the Mountaineers are in third place in the EWL behind No. 14 Edinboro and No. 20 Pitt.

"Overall, I think it was a good effort on our part. We won some very hard fought matches. It was a dual meet that I really thought they were a little bit favored in, so it is always nice to win those. Even in our losses it was important." – Head coach Craig Turnbull on his team's successful effort against Bloomsburg


This Week in Gymnastics

West Virginia (4-5, 2-0 EAGL) travels to face Penn State in University Park, Pa., on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 2 p.m.

Last Week in Gymnastics

West Virginia took second place in a home quad meet with Oklahoma, George Washington and William & Mary … WVU scored 192.700 points, while Oklahoma won the meet with 196.550 points … George Washington took third with 192.050 points and William & Mary was fourth with 197.425 points … junior Mehgan Morris led the Mountaineers on the uneven parallel bars and on the balance beam, taking third on both events with scores of 9.85 on bars 9.75 on beam … freshman Amy Bieski and sophomore Shelly Purkat each notched a 9.875 to tie for second on floor … WVU posted a season-high 49.075 on floor and season-best 48.675 on bars.

Notes & Quotes

The Mountaineers' record improved to 4-5, 2-0 in conference competition … WVU's all-time record against William & Mary is now 12-0 and 32-1 against George Washington … junior Erica Watson competed for the first time this season on Jan. 27.

"I was pleased to see how our girls came back today after how we started. We then started performing more like we are capable of, especially on bars and floor." – Head Coach Linda Burdette


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