Varsity Sports Report: 12/2

Senior women's basketball Takisha Granberry has been named West Virginia's athlete of the week for her performance at the Dead River Company Classic, where WVU won the tournament in a 2-0 performance.

Granberry averaged 20.5 points and 10.5 rebounds, while shooting 56% from the field and 69.2% from 3-point range. She was named the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament after scoring a career-best 30 points in the win over New Jersey Tech and grabbing 10 rebounds against the Highlanders. Granberry was also 89% from 3-point range, setting a new WVU school record for 3-point field goal percentage (based on a minimum of 7 attempts).

In the championship game win against Brown, Granberry tallied her third consecutive double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds in 30 minutes of play.

Special Notes of the Week

  • The WVU cross country team took a program-high fourth place at the NCAA National Cross Country Championships on Nov. 24, in Terre Haute, Ind.

  • Takisha Granberry set a school record for single game 3-point field goal percentage based on a minimum of seven attempts (88.9%), breaking Judy Eaton's and Christie Lambert's former record of 75.0% (6-8), set in 1988 and 1995, respectively.

    This Week in Women's Basketball

    West Virginia (5-1) returns to the WVU Coliseum for a three-game home stand, beginning Wednesday, Dec. 3, against Mercyhurst at 7 p.m. … WVU then takes on Duquesne Sunday, Dec. 7, at 2 p.m. at the Coliseum.

    Last Week in Women's Basketball

    West Virginia won the Dead River Company Classic in Orono, Maine … the Mountaineers defeated New Jersey Tech 76-42 in opening round action … New Jersey Tech took its only lead of the game after a Jessica Gerald 3-pointer to open the contest … WVU then went on a 24-0 run to take a commanding lead it would not relinquish before Gerald hit the back end of two free throws at the 9:24 mark to make it 24-4 … Takisha Granberry fueled the run with 14 points including four 3-pointers in the opening six and half minutes of play … the Mountaineers went on to lead at halftime 33-14 as it hit seven of its 14 3-point attempts … WVU used an 11-4 run to start the second half and led by as many as 36 late in the contest … Granberry was lights out in the contest, connecting on eight of her nine 3-point attempts, and was 10-15 from the field with 10 rebounds ... Liz Repella led three Mountaineers in double figure scoring and Granberry tallied her third straight double-double as WVU defeated Brown 66-49 in the championship game ... Repella scored seven of her 15 points in the second half, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out a career-best six assists while Granberry had 11 points and 11 rebounds … freshman center Natalie Burton scored a career-high 13 … Repella was named to the all-tournament team while Granberry was named the tournament's most outstanding player.

    Notes and Quotes

    Takisha Granberry set a school record for single game 3-point field goal percentage based on a minimum of seven attempts (88.9%), breaking Judy Eaton's and Christie Lambert's former record of 75.0% (6-8), set in 1988 and 1995, respectively … the contest also marked her second straight double-double in as many games … Granberry's 30-point performance marked the first 30-point game by a Mountaineer since LaQuita Owens had 30 in a 76-71 overtime win at Louisville in 2007 … Granberry's eight 3-pointers were the most since Meg Bulger also had eight against Cleveland State in an 83-39 victory at the Coliseum in 2005 … Granberry is also the first Mountaineer to tally 30 points and 10 rebounds in a game since Bulger did so with 31 points and 10 caroms in WVU's 80-75 overtime victory at Kentucky in the 2005 postseason WNIT semifinals.

    This Week in Cross Country

    The cross country season has ended.

    Last Week in Cross Country

    WVU finished in fourth place at the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships on Nov. 24. … Keri Bland led the team and finished 14th with a time of 20:20 … Marie-Louise Asselin finished 17th with a time of 20:27 … Kate Harrison finished 69th (20:58), followed by Kaylyn Christopher in 110th place (21:17) … Jessica O'Connell placed 160th with a time of 21:41 … Ahna Lewis placed 163rd with a time 21:42 ... the WVU ‘B' team took seventh place at the ECAC Championship on Nov. 22. ... Alison Spiker finished in 17th place (18:30) followed by teammate Karly Hamric (18:41) in 20th place.

    Notes & Quotes

    The fourth place finish was the highest-ever finish in school history, topping last year's ninth-place finish … with their top-40 individual finish, Bland and Asselin earned All-America honors for the second consecutive year.

    This Week in Rifle

    Select Mountaineers will compete in the 3XAir tournament in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Dec. 5-8 ... the full team will next be in action Jan. 17, as they play host to Nebraska …the team then hosts NC State on Jan. 18 … both matches are set to being at 8 a.m.

    Last Week in Rifle The Mountaineers did not compete last week.

    Notes and Quotes The Mountaineers currently hold a 6-1 overall record, 3-1 in GARC play.

    This Week in Swimming & Diving

    The West Virginia University will travel to Athens, Ga., to participate in the Georgia Invitational … joining the Mountaineers will be Cal, Clemson, Denver and Harvard … the invite will take place all weekend on Dec. 5-7.

    Last Week in Swimming & Diving

    The team was idle.

    Notes and Quotes

    The Mountaineers have been training hard for the last month for the Georgia Invitational and expect to do well … West Virginia will be looking for leadership from Kayla Andrews on the women's side and Pablo Marmolejo on the men's … both athletes are undefeated in at least one event this season.

    This Week in Wrestling

    The West Virginia University wrestling team will travel to the prestigious Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational in Las Vegas, Nev. … the Mountaineers will wrestle on Dec. 5-6 at the Las Vegas Convention Center … the tournament features national powerhouses such as Michigan, Cornell, NC State and Cal State Fullerton.

    Last Week in Wrestling

    The Mountaineers split their squad with half traveling to the Navy Classic on Nov. 22 and the other half competing in the first dual meets of the season at the "Sprawl & Brawl" … six wrestlers competed at the Navy Classic in Annapolis, Md. … WVU won both of its matches in Vestal, N.Y., at the "Sprawl & Brawl" … WVU defeated Columbia, 22-15, in the first match of the day and then went on to knock off North Carolina, 21-11, giving the Mountaineers a 2-0 record through the weekend.

    Notes & Quotes

    Redshirt-freshman Matt Weston took fourth place at the Navy Classic after posting a 5-2 record, including one win by fall … redshirt-freshman Kyle Eason won two matches at the Classic … his first victory came via pin fall and the second came on a technical fall … redshirt-sophomore Tyler Oravec and fifth-year seniors David Jauregui and Kurt Brenner all went 2-0 at the "Sprawl & Brawl" dual meets … against Columbia, WVU rattled off six straight victories to take a lead it would never relinquish … Brenner won on a 21-8 major decision against Columbia's Travis Creagen at 174 pounds … heavyweight fifth-year senior Dustin Rogers beat North Carolina's Justin Dobies, ranked No. 13 nationally, in a 5-3 decision.

    "I thought it was a good beginning for us on the dual meet season," Coach Craig Turnbull said. "It was two very hard fought dual meets, but we were able to come out on top. I felt that way especially with the North Carolina match, where we were able to win all the close matches to be able to split the score. We seemed to outfight them in critical moments. At the beginning of the year, I felt this was very good for our development."

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