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April 17, 2014

Huggins signs junior college guard


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Junior college guard Jessica Morton has signed a letter of intent to play with Mike Carey’s West Virginia women’s team next season.

“We are very excited to have a player of her caliber. Jessica is going to give us much-needed scoring from the perimeter,” Carey said in the release. “She is a combo guard that can play several positions and can score. The other things I really like about her is that she likes to play defense and is a leader on the floor. We’re very excited about her.”

Morton is a 5-foot-10 sophomore guard out of Gulf Coast State College. She guided the Commodores to a 21-7 overall record last season, making it to the 2014 FCSAA semifinals.

Morton started all 28 games, leading her team with 16.4 points per game and was the fourth-leading rebounder with 5.6 boards per game. She closed out her sophomore season as a two-time All-Panhandle first-team conference selection and was named to the FCSAA/ NJCAA Region VII All-State team each season with Gulf Coast.

As a freshman, Morton averaged 15.2 points and 5.4 rebounds per game as the Commodores’ leading rebounder. She earned 26 starts in 31 games, helping Gulf Coast to a 28-6 overall record, and a share of the Panhandle Conference regular-season title.

A native of Augusta, Ga., Morton was a four-year letter winner on the girls’ basketball team at Glenn Hills High, named 2009 4A All-State honorable mention.

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The West Virginia University rowing team’s competition against Bucknell and George Mason in Shamokin Dam, Pa., has been canceled due to unsafe conditions.

With the recent amount of rain and melted snow, the water level on the Susquehanna River, where this weekend’s races were to take place, has risen to an unsafe height for racing.

The Mountaineers’ next appearance on the water will be at the Big 12 Championships in Oklahoma City on May 3.

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