Women Blow Out Robert Morris

This past Wednesday I wrote about one of West Virginia's ugliest blowout victories in recent memory. Only a few days later, I'm writing about probably the prettiest Mountaineer women's basketball game I can recall.

West Virginia jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead on a pair of three-point field goals by Kate Bulger and never let Robert Morris get any closer than six in a 114-45 dismantling of the Colonials this afternoon in Moon Township, PA to advance to 6-0, the best start any Mountaineer women's squad in history.

The 6-0 start isn't the only Mountaineer first to come out of this game - WVU shot 72% from the field, also a team record.

Bulger simply was the game early on for West Virginia. She scored 11 of the team's first 15 points, the other four coming from Sherell Sowho. The Colonials had absolutely no chance of responding with the Mountaineer team speed and defensive intensity.

All of WVU's shots were falling in the first half, roughly 75% compared to RMU's 25%, to end the game almost before it started. The Colonials only managed to "close" the score to 10-4 near the 17:30 point in the first half. From there, West Virginia went nowhere but up - and everyone was in on it. The Mountaineers took at 57-22 lead into the locker room on 19 points from Bulger (two over her average entering the game), 12 from Sowho, and seven points and seven assists from a healthy Yolanda Paige.

What more can I add for the second half? Bulger came out of the box strong (again), scoring another 12 before all of the starters were relieved for the rest of the game with nearly eight minutes left (I guess that scoring record will have to wait for another night). The score stretched to 94-45 with five minutes left, when Robert Morris decided to quit scoring. West Virginia closed the game from there, with the reserves scoring 20 unanswered points to take a 114-45 victory, the largest for a Mountaineer team since a 131-44 romp over Indiana University-Pennsylvania on, coincidentally, December 7, 1982 (20 years ago today).

Kate Bulger led West Virginia with 29 points on 11-14 shooting including 5-7 from beyond the arc. Kate now has 151 three-point field goals and a total of 936 points for her career.

Sherell Sowho continued her hot streak with 18 points on 8-10 shooting. Liz Holbrook came off the bench and surged in the second half, scoring 15 points on 6-7 shooting, including a surprising 1-1 from three-point range. Janell Dunlap also was productive off the bench, scoring 14 on 4-5 shooting and 6-7 from the charity stripe. Michelle Carter scored 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds to round out the double-digit scorers for West Virginia.

Continuing the good spread for WVU was Yolanda Paige, who scored nine points and dished out a good 12 assists. Freshman Ashley Dunn scored six, Kristen Kilgore and Jess Fisher had four each, while Eartha White and Latitia Williams each tossed in two for West Virginia.

Robert Morris, who now falls to 0-5, was led by Candace John, who averaged 19 points per game coming into this matchup, but wound up with 15 on 5-13 shooting. She was followed by three other Colonials, including Pennsboro native and former West Virginia state player of the year Missy Spangler, who shot 3-13 from the field after averaging nearly 16 through her first four games of the season.

As an interesting sidenote, Kim Tingley, a former Mountaineer who transferred to Delaware after the 1998-99 season, is in her first year as an assistant coach for the Colonials.

West Virginia takes a week off to study for finals before traveling to Ohio University for another key non-conference match against the Bobcats.

BlueGoldNews Top Stories