Times West Virginian
The West Virginia women’s basketball team is riding a three-game win streak into its 4 p.m. matchup with Virginia today at the WVU Coliseum.
The Mountaineers (3-1) went 3-0 last week at the Rainbow Wahine Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii, defeating Ole Miss, Washington State and host team Hawaii. As a team, WVU averages 73.5 points per game.
Three Mountaineers average scoring numbers in double figures, led by senior Asya Bussie with 16.8 points per game and 7.8 rebounds per game. Senior guard Christal Caldwell averages 14.8 points per game and sophomore guard Bria Holmes averages 12.8 points per game. Senior guard Taylor Palmer is on the verge of averaging double figures with 8.8 points per game. Bussie has put up numbers in double figures in every game so far this season, while Holmes has scored in double digits three times.
WVU has outrebounded all four opponents it has seen this season, averaging 42.8 rebounds per game. Junior Averee Fields opened the season with a career-best 11 boards against Ohio State, and Bussie has led twice on the boards, while junior Crystal Leary pulled down eight rebounds to lead the Mountaineers against Washington State.
Like the Mountaineers, Virginia is 3-1 overall this season, dropping its season opener, 63-46, at James Madison. The Cavaliers are 2-0 at home and 1-1 on the road, defeating High Point and Louisiana Tech on their home court, while taking a 61-60 win at Liberty in their last time out.
Sophomore guard Faith Randolph leads UVA in scoring with 14.5 points per game and has recorded the second most assists with 13. Junior center Sarah Imovbioh is the second leading scorer and leading rebounder, averaging 12.5 points and 11.0 rebounds per game. Imovbioh, who led the ACC in field goal percentage last season, led the Cavaliers both in scoring and rebounding last game, and has recorded a double-double in each of the last three outings.
Senior guard Ataira Franklin is a Preseason All-ACC selection who rounds out the top three scorers with 9.0 points per game, including four 3-pointers. Franklin has also dished out nine assists.
As a team, Virginia averages 68.8 points per game, 40.0 rebounds per game and shoots 71.6 from the free throw line with 18.3 free throws made per game.
The Mountaineers trail 5-2 in the all-time series with Virginia. UVA won the first five games of the series, dating back to 1989. The last time the teams met was Dec. 2, 2012, when WVU defeated Virginia 54-47 in Charlottesville. Coach Mike Carey holds a 2-0 record with WVU when facing Virginia, taking a 57-43 victory in his first meeting with the team on Nov. 26, 2010, en route to a Paradise Jam Championship title in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The game will air live online at WVUsports.com, as the Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG will carry the game with Jeff Culhane on the call. In Morgantown the game will air live on 100.9 WSZT-FM, in Cumberland, Md., on WCBC-AM 1270, in Parkersburg on WADC-AM 1050 and in Charleston on WSCW-AM 1410 and WJYP-AM 1300.