Ladies Fall To 0-3 With Puzzling Loss

After a game time decision to bring back Liz Holbrook, the West Virginia women's basketball team seemed to have its "best chance yet" of scoring their first conference victory of the season against Providence.

However, the Mountaineers headed back to Morgantown having to wait at least until Saturday to get Big East win number one.

The Providence Lady Friars took advantage of hot 58% shooting and a 37-26 rebounding edge to hand the Mountaineers their third straight loss, 75-61 in Providence, Rhode Island.

The game certainly started off on the wrong foot for West Virginia as the Friars jumped to an 11-3 lead, the lone Mountaineer basket being from Kate Bulger. Providence was able to sustain leads ranging from five to nine points before the Mountaineers were able to wake up, led by a pair of threes by Bulger, which tied the score at 27 with 4:10 left in the first half. Kristen Kilgore, coming off the bench to relieve a foul-troubled Michelle Carter and Eartha White, then scored the Mountaineers' first go-ahead basket to take the lead at 29-28. West Virginia and Providence would then exchange the lead four times before settling on a halftime tie at 35.

The Mountaineers started the second half, much the way the Friars started the first. WVU scored five straight points to take a 50-45 lead, and it looked like things were finally in the control of the good gals. But, Providence would not be denied, scoring five straight of their own to tie it up again at 40. The lead would get traded back and forth until the 7:09 mark, when the Friars took off on a 9-1 run and never looked back. West Virginia lost Michelle Carter to fouls and Liz Holbrook proved ineffective in the second half, and the Mountaineer rebounding and shooting hit bottom as Providence took home the 14-point win.

Bulger led the Mountaineers with 17 points on 6-16 shooting, including 5-11 from beyond the arc. With her five, Kate took sole possession of second place all-time on WVU's three point field goals made list with 172. Kate will need 84 through next year to tie Christie Lambert's all-time record. Sherell Sowho rebounded from a cold-shooting streak to score 14 on 4-11 shooting, and Yolanda Paige scored ten points with seven assists.

Providence was led by Michal Epstein with 21 points, Kacee Wheeler with 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Kristin Quinn with 11 points.

West Virginia falls to 10-3 (0-3 in conference) and returns home Saturday to take on Virginia Tech.

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