Women Avoid Upset Bug

Upsets dotted the opening days of the Big East women's basketball tournament, but West Virginia put away any such possibilities early in its game against South Florida.

Two-time all-Big East selection Yinka Sanni scored 20 points to help the Mountaineers rout the Bulls by the score of 64-42 in Sunday's quarterfinal round. USF had upset Syracuse one day earlier.

WVU raced out to an early lead and was never seriously threatened by the Bulls, who barely bested 25% shooting from the field. WVU led 39-15 at the half and led by as many as 32 points in the second before settling for the 22-point decision. LaQuita Owens provided 14 points in support of Sanni. Ashley Powell had five assists against just one turnover in directing the WVU attack.

West Virginia went inside early and often to gain the advantage over the Bulls. The Mountaineers tallied 32 points in the paint, and tried just 16 three-pointers, making five, with Owens canning three of those attempts. Long-range bomber Meg Bulger tried just one in 20 minutes of action as the Mountaineers were able to get close-in shots for much of the contest, which resulted in a 47% success rate from the field.

West Virginia now takes on the No. 7 seed Louisville on Monday at 8 p.m. at the XL Center. In another of the tournament's early upsets, the Cardinals knocked off No. 2 seed Rutgers (fourth nationally), 57-56.

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