The West Virginia Mountaineers used a 39-point second half to cap a 66-49 victory over the Brown Bears in the Dead River Company Classic Championship game on Saturday at Alfond Arena in Orono, Maine.
Led by Liz Repella with 15 points, seven rebounds, and six assists, the Mountaineers improved to 5-1 on the season and have now won four in a row. Takisha Granberry added a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds, while freshman center Natalie Burton chipped in a career-high 13 points to the winning effort.
WVU scored the first basket on a Burton layup less than a minute into the game and looked as if they would cruise to the tournament's championship after starting the game on an 11-4 run. But Brown battled back, tying the game up at 23 with a minute left in the first half. The Mountaineers scored the final four points of the half and took a shaky four point advantage into the locker room.
After the sluggish start, the Mountaineers used a 13-5 run to open the second half and stretch the lead to 40-28. WVU then cruised as junior Alex Sanabria hit two three pointers and Repella scored seven of her 15 points in the second frame.
WVU relied heavily on its defense as the Mountaineers forced 21 Brown turnovers. The Mountaineers shot 52 percent from the field and once again won the battle of the boards holding a 30-24 advantage on the glass. WVU held the Bears to a 42 percent shooting mark.
West Virginia now comes home to host Mercyhurst on Wednesday, Dec. 3rd, at 7 p.m.