The Times West Virginian

WVU Sports

December 20, 2012

WVU, Dunning eyeing Duquesne

MORGANTOWN — It was just moments after West Virginia University had played perhaps its best basketball game of the women’s basketball season in beating Youngstown State.

They had just left the Coliseum floor and gathered in the locker room when the realization began to hit them that there was no time to celebrate this victory for ahead of them sat a game they felt they had to win.

“We were talking about Duquesne right after this game,” center Yaya Dunning said.

And why was Duquesne on their minds?

The answer to that is almost eerie. Just a week ago, the West Virginia men had Duquesne buried in the first half, leading by 15 points only to blow the game.

That is exactly what happened to the West Virginia women one year earlier.

They had played spectacular first-half defense and held coach Suzie McConnell-Serio’s team to just five field goals and 18 points and had the game won … until they played the second half and spit it up just the men did this year.

Now comes the revenge game at 7 tonight in the Coliseum.

“This is something the coaches would not let go of. It’s been on our minds, and everyone is ready for it,” Dunning said.

“That was a game we let slip away last year. We’re fired up; we want to prove to ourselves we can do it,” added Averee Fields.

Perhaps it was Taylor Palmer, who is coming off one of her best games of the season with 15 ponts on 6 of 10 shooting against Youngstown State, who put it best.

“There’s nothing more to say than we want to get them back. We deserved that win, All we can do is focus on them and getting this win on Thursday,” she said. “We’re ready to play.”

The defeat a year ago was difficult to swallow in part because McConnell-Serio, a former Olympian, dazzled the Mountaineers with her coaching in the second half.

“Suzie (McConnell-Serio) does a great job,” coach Mike Carey said after that game. “They’re well coached. Give them a lot of credit. They never quit and kept battling. I’m just frustrated because we had the game won, up 15 late in the second half, and got rattled. Give her credit. She changed up the defense and we started turning it over and they started scoring.”

Duquesne went to a 2-2-1 zone press and WVU failed to solve it.

This year they are prepared.

The Mountaineers enter the game with a four-game winning streak and an 8-2 record, good for a No. 24 spot in The Associated Press women’s rankings. They believe if they put things together they can go a whole lot higher.

“I think we’re top of the line, national champs, if everyone plays to the best of their ability,” Fields said. “We have a lot of talent. If we can get connected and talking on ‘D’ we can be one of the best teams in the nation.”

“We have a chance to be pretty good,” Carey admitted. “I still think the second half we played against Virginia was our best half of the season. I saw that and said, ‘We’ve got a chance to be OK.’ They were big; they were strong; they were physical. We did it then, so it can happen.”

Email Bob Hertzel at or follow him on Twitter @bhertzel.

Text Only
WVU Sports
  • Bussie looks forward to WNBA

    On Tuesday, the weather turned cold, the wind blew and amongst the raindrops that fell a few snowflakes fluttered quietly to Earth.
    It was as if it was a celebration of Asya Bussie being drafted on Monday night by the Minnesota Lynx, champions of the WNBA, with the third selection of the second round, the 15th overall pick of the draft.

    April 16, 2014

  • WVU’s Harlee named Big 12 Scholar-Athlete

    The Big 12 Conference announced its Scholar-Athlete of the Year recipients for the 2014 winter sport season, and West Virginia University senior Jess Harlee earns the honor for women’s basketball.
    Harlee was selected as the award winner based on a vote of each respective sport’s head coaching group, with coaches not permitted to vote for their own student-athletes.

    April 16, 2014

  • Gyorko, Padres agree to extension

    Jedd Gyorko, who hasn’t hit much of anything with a .178 start on this season, hit the jackpot on Monday, signing a six-year contract extension with the San Diego Padres for $35 million with a one-year club option at $13 million.

    April 15, 2014

  • HERTZEL COLUMN- Spring game showed defense has improved

    From Dana Holgorsen’s viewpoint, which was standing right behind the offense, West Virginia’s Gold-Blue Spring Game on Saturday was a rousing success for it showed very little of what the Mountaineers will be in this coming season, probably not even showcasing the man who will direct the offense in the quarterback position.

    April 15, 2014

  • WVU signs guard; Adrian arrested for DUI

    There was something good and something bad for West Virginia men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins this past weekend as Kansas junior college player Tarik Phillip committed to play for the Mountaineers but rising sophomore Nathan Adrian was charged with Under 21 DUI after he was stopped at 1:20 a.m. Sunday for an expired registration sticker.

    April 15, 2014

  • FURFARI COLUMN- Most plays good, some not so good in Gold-Blue scrimmage

    There appeared to be a fine mixture of plays, most good with some not so good, in last Saturday’s West Virginia University’s Gold-Blue football scrimmage.

    April 15, 2014

  • HERTZEL COLUMN- Garrison still proving he can carry the ball

    The running back raves from the West Virginia coaching this spring have been directly mostly toward Wendell Smallwood, and rest assured he earned every one of them with his versatility, but it was a reborn running back who well may have taken the biggest jump up the depth chart.

    April 14, 2014

  • WVU baseball drops seventh straight game

    One’s athletic skills are tested on a daily basis but every so often other aspects of an athlete’s makeup are tested, often far more important aspects in the game of life.

    April 14, 2014

  • Gold-Blue Game answers few questions at quarterback

    Dana Holgorsen finds himself in a quarterback quandary.
    He’s looking to have one quarterback and has five of them as spring practice ends, and nothing about the spring session has done anything to straighten out the situation.

    April 13, 2014

  • Moore ‘back at home’ under center

    There are a couple of ways to look at what Logan Moore did this spring after being moved back to quarterback and given a chance to compete for what is a wide open job, as wide open at the end of the spring as it was coming in.
    The first is to say that he didn’t wow Dana Holgorsen to the point that he’s willing to say he’s the leader going into summer drills, but that would be shortsighted considering from where Moore came.

    April 13, 2014

Featured Ads
WVU Sports Highlights
NDN Sports
House Ads
NCAA Breaking News
NCAA Photos