All I want for Christmas is more WVU women’s sports! Only one more day until Christmas and countless Mountaineers-themed gifts under the tree and in the stockings. Since it is Christmas Eve, we thought we would give you an early present: Mountain Momma Monday!
There was only one game on the slate in West Virginia women’s athletics this past week. The basketball team stumbled at home while the soccer team received academic honors. Let’s catch up on the last week of women’s action.
The Mountaineers got up ended by Duquesne this past Thursday in front of the home crowd. West Virginia played a tough, physical game with the Dukes, owning the paint. The Mountaineers scored 22 points in the paint and out rebounded the Dukes by a 48-37 margin. With that kind of physical dominance inside, you would have figured the Mountaineers would have been able to run away with the game.
Ayana Dunning finished just shy of another double-double with 10 points and 8 rebounds. The Mountaineers were led in scoring by Christal Caldwell with 13 points on 4 of 14 shooting, highlighting the issue for the Mountaineers in this contest.
The Mountaineers, as a whole, struggled with their outside shooting. West Virginia shot a a pedestrian 29.8% from the field and only 27.3% from three point range.
The lack of shooting cost the Mountaineers dearly in this close contest, as the Mountaineers lost 54-62. A slightly better shooting performance would have elevated the Mountaineers to the win over Duquesne (now 10-1).
West Virginia will be off until after Christmas when they take on Appalachian State at home on December 28 at 7 PM.
Two players were named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Scholar All-East Region Team. Senior midfielder Bri Rodriguez was named to the first team while junior forward Frances Silva was tabbed for the third team.
Sophomore goalie Sara Keane was given an honorable mention.
With it being Christmas Eve, we here at HailWV.com wish you and yours a happy holiday season!