The Times West Virginian

November 18, 2011

Mountaineers to face St. Bonaventure

Times West Virginian

MORGANTOWN — The West Virginia University women’s basketball team will face St. Bonaventure at 7 p.m. today at the WVU Coliseum as the first of two games this weekend.

The Mountaineers (1-0) will close the weekend with North Carolina Central on Sunday at 2 p.m.

Last season, WVU came back from a 20-15 halftime deficit to take a nine-point win, 62-53, from the Bonnies (2-0) in New York. This season, St. Bonaventure returns all five starters, while WVU lost four of its five to graduation.

St. Bonaventure is on a two-game win streak as it upset No. 25 St. John’s, 64-58, in its season opener and defeated Canisius, 74-58, in a Monday night contest this week. The game in Morgantown is the third-straight road trip for the Bonnies.

The Mountaineers are coming off a 69-37 win over Youngstown State in their home and season opener. Taylor Palmer leads the league in scoring as she put up 33 points in the opener, with a career-high eight 3-pointers. Defensively, Ayana Dunning ranks No. 1 in the Big East for rebounding with 15, defensive rebounding with 10 and blocked shots with five.

WVU leads the league in scoring defense as it limited Youngstown State to only 37 points and holds the best defensive field goal percentage, holding the Penguins to only 19.6 percent shooting.

The Bonnies head into Friday led by senior forward Megan Van Tatenhove, who averages 17.0 points per game and 6.5 rebounds per game. Fellow classmate Jessica Jenkins is the Bonnies’ leading 3-point shooter as she is 7-of-12 from beyond the arc (58.3%). She enters Friday’s game only 16 points away from the 1,000-point mark in her career.

The first 1,000 fans to enter the Coliseum Friday will receive rally towels. Live video and stats for Friday and Sunday’s games will be on