The Times West Virginian


December 18, 2013

WVU women’s basketball eyes 9th straight

MORGANTOWN — Call Mike Carey selfish, if you dare, but he has four players averaging in double figures this season, and he wants more.

“I’d like to see more,” he said on the eve of his West Virginia University women’s basketball team going for its ninth consecutive win against Delaware State a 7 p.m. in the Coliseum.

“On my best teams, we had five people averaging in double figures, and this is that type of team.”

Carey’s 8-1 Mountaineers are almost perfectly balanced in scoring except at point guard. Christal Caldwell leads the way at 14.7 points a game; Taylor Palmer averages 13.1 points a game; center Asya Bussie is at 13.0 points a game; Bria Holmes, who goes back into the starting lineup after missing a game and then off the bench due to a concussion, averages 13.4 points a game.

Only Linda Stepney, the point guard, is at 4.2, and her replacement, Brooke Hampton, who is virtually splitting time with her, is at 4.7 – putting them at nearly nine points a game.

“When you have five double-figure scorers you are hard to guard,” Carey pointed out, especially the way the Mountaineers score points.

They can bomb from the outside, Caldwell, Palmer and Hampton being 3-point threats, can score inside with Bussie, who is among the best big players in the Big 12, along with Crystal Leary and Averee Fields, and they like to push the ball and run the floor.

Such a versatile offense gives Carey a lot of options, both in styles of play against a zone or a man, and also in personnel.

If one player isn’t hot, he can sit her down and look elsewhere.

What he would like to do is get Stepney to shoot more often, having played 60 minutes over the past three games and taking just 5 shots.

“She hurt her shooting hand, and since then has not been looking to score,” Carey said. “She can score. She’s a good 3-point shooter.”

Hampton has taken up some of the slack, shooting 15 times in the last three games and hitting 6-of-19 3-point shots.

Delaware State comes in with a 3-5 record and not figuring to offer much opposition, considering it lost recently at home to Coppin State, a team that WVU absolutely routed, 88-56.

The Hornets are also coming off a dreadful defeat at Maryland, being beaten 93-44.

DSU was without leading scorer and starter Tierra Hawkins last game, due to a shoulder injury she incurred in the game against Coppin State. Hawkins averages 23.0 points per game, 9.4 rebounds per game and nine blocked shots this season, leading the team in each respective category.

Hawkins is expected to offer a battle for Bussie in the post.

In the absence of Hawkins, freshman guard Raven Bankston has stepped up to lead the Hornets as she recorded a game-leading 22 points in the last outing against Maryland. Bankston averages 19.4 points per game and leads DSU with eight threes this season.

Senior forward Deanna Harmon rounds out the top three scorers with 12.4 points per game, averages 6.9 rebounds per game and co-leads the Hornets in the steals column with 16.

WVU and DSU will meet for the fourth time in program history on Wednesday. WVU leads the all-time series 2-1 with the Hornets. In the last meeting, the Mountaineers defeated Delaware State 66-31 on Nov. 19, 2010, at the WVU Coliseum.

Children, ages 13 and under, can earn one free youth admission to the game if they bring a completed coloring sheet of Musket to the Blue Gate of the WVU Coliseum. In addition to free admission, the coloring sheet will be entered into a drawing to receive a plush Musket toy and other officially licensed WVU products. Coloring sheets can be found under the promotions tab on

Follow Bob Hertzel on Twitter @bhertzel.

Text Only
  • NMHS #14 hit.jpg North Marion goes 2-for-2; Fairmont Senior 0-for-2 in tournament

    A day after an 11-0 mercy-rule victory at Philip Barbour, the North Marion Huskies were at it again.
    Chelsi Latocha threw three no-hit innings, Shelby King drove in five runs in the first inning and the Huskies rolled to a 20-0 victory over the winless Fairmont Senior Polar Bears in the Diamond Dawg Tournament at North Marion High School.

    April 19, 2014 6 Photos

  • Brewers’ Lohse beats Pirates again

    Kyle Lohse pitched effectively into the seventh inning, Carlos Gomez homered and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-3 Friday night.
    Lohse (3-1) improved to 11-2 in his career against the Pirates, allowing one earned run in a win against them for the second time in six days.

    April 19, 2014

  • Bucs trade for Mets’ Ike Davis

    The New York Mets traded slumping first baseman Ike Davis to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night, parting ways with a power hitter who proved to be too inconsistent at the plate.
    Pittsburgh sent minor league right-hander Zack Thornton and a player to be named to New York for the 27-year-old Davis.

    April 19, 2014

  • Penguins wary of Blue Jackets after Game 1 escape

    Sidney Crosby is used to the attention. It comes with the territory when you’re the best hockey player in the world.
    Still, the Pittsburgh Penguins star knows the spotlight becomes more acute in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

    April 19, 2014

  • Tori Postlewait front.jpg East’s Postlewait, North’s Latocha toss no-hitters

    Tori Postlewait made a deal with her great-uncle, Kenny Carpenter, before her freshman season.
    If the Bees’ pitcher tossed a no-hitter, Carpenter promised to give her $20.
    Well, it took four years, but it’s finally time for Postlewait’s great-uncle to pay up.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • East tennis splits with Polar Bears

    Fairmont Senior and East Fairmont split a pair of tennis matches Thursday, with Fairmont Senior winning the boys’ match and East Fairmont taking the girls’ competition.
    In the Bees’ 6-1 girls’ victory, Cara Laswell took second singles, 8-2. Erica Gorman won third singles, 8-1. And Carrington Reese won fourth singles, 8-3.

    April 18, 2014

  • HERTZEL COLUMN: Under pressure, NCAA decides to change rules

    At first glance, it appears that they do not go hand-in-hand, a pair of rules changes the NCAA’s Legislative Council approved this week, sending them off for what seems to be smooth sailing toward becoming rules.

    April 18, 2014

  • McCutchen, Alvarez lead Pirates over Brewers

    Andrew McCutchen hit his first homer of the season and drove in three runs, Pedro Alvarez had a three-run shot and pinch-hitter Josh Harrison broke a tie with a long ball in the seventh inning as the Pittsburgh Pirates handed the Milwaukee Brewers their first road loss, 11-2 on Thursday night.

    April 18, 2014

  • Means, WVU baseball shut out Oklahoma

    Junior left-hander John Means of the WVU baseball team threw eight shutout innings and the Mountaineers had a five-run first inning en route to a 7-0 victory over Oklahoma on Thursday evening at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
    The Mountaineers (18-15, 3-6 Big 12) broke a six-game Big 12 losing streak after being swept by TCU and Oklahoma State in back-to-back weekends. WVU had 16 hits and did not make an error for the second-straight game.

    April 18, 2014

  • FURFARI COLUMN: Dr. Graber disagrees with Gee’s stance on Turnbull firing

    Dr. Stephen Graber, an associate professor at the West Virginia University School of Medicine, is among the latest WVU teachers to deplore Oliver Luck’s firing of veteran wrestling coach Craig Turnbull.
    He raised some significant questions about that issue last Monday in a meeting of the WVU Faculty Senate.

    April 18, 2014

Featured Ads
NDN Sports
House Ads
NCAA Breaking News
NCAA Photos