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No. 22/23 West Virginia Opens 2021-22 Season Tuesday

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (Nov. 15, 2021)  The No. 22/23-ranked West Virginia University women’s basketball team officially opens its 2021-22 campaign on Tuesday, Nov. 16, as the Mountaineers play host to Saint Francis (Pa.) at the WVU Coliseum in Morgantown.

Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. Tuesday’s contest against the Red Flash will be broadcast on Big 12 Now on ESPN+, with Nick Farrell and Meg Bulger on the call. The game also can be found on the Mountaineer Sports Network, including 100.9 WSZT-FM, with Dan Zangrilli on the call. Live stats will be available on WVUsports.com.

Tuesday’s contest is WVU’s “Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer” game, presented by WVU Medicine, and will feature a gold shake giveaway. Additionally, the Mountaineers’ players and coaching staff will wear gold shoelaces in support of those who have battled pediatric cancer and the Go 4 the Goal Foundation. Fans also can pick up a copy of the 2021-22 team schedule poster at the game.

In accordance with the updated WVU policy effective Oct. 21, Mon. County Health Department and CDC guidelines, those who are not vaccinated will be expected to wear a mask properly above the nose while inside the WVU Coliseum with the exception of when eating and drinking.

As the Coliseum will return to normal operations, WVU strongly encourages all fans to be vaccinated. A COVID-19 vaccination is the single-most important and successful tool to protect fans from the virus and its many variants. Increased vaccination rates, coupled with proven preventative measures such as masks, physical distancing, self-symptom monitoring, COVID-19 testing and good personal hygiene (e.g. hand washing and hand sanitizer), are the proven tools fans can use to fight COVID-19 and the spread of the disease to others.

All fans should self-evaluate prior to the event or before arriving at the WVU Coliseum. Fans who might be sick or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should stay home and contact a physician.

The athletics department, in conjunction with the Mon. County Health Department, state and University officials will continue monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and make changes to the WVU Coliseum protocols, if needed, based on current health conditions.

West Virginia and Saint Francis (Pa.) meet for the seventh time in program history on Tuesday. WVU is 6-0 all-time against SFU, and each meeting in the series has been played in Morgantown. The Mountaineers are averaging 85.2 points per game in the series, while holding the Red Flash to 50.5 points per game. The two teams last met on Nov. 7, 2019; a 74-45 WVU win.

Saint Francis (Pa.) is coming off a 71-45 loss at Kent State on Nov. 14. SFU is now 0-2 to start the season after also falling at Temple, 73-53, on Nov. 9. Last time out, SFU guard Jordan McLemore tallied a team-high seven points in 24 minutes against KSU. Forward Jada Dapaa hauled in a game-high 12 rebounds against the Golden Flashes, including four on the offensive glass.

Guard Kaitlyn Maxwell currently leads Saint Francis (Pa.) in scoring, with 25 points and an average of 12.5 points per game. Dapaa is the team’s leading rebounder this season, with 17. She also has hauled

in a team-high six offensive rebounds and is averaging 8.5 boards per game.

Saint Francis (Pa.) is led by third-year coach Keila Whittington, who is 25-29 during her time in Loretto.

No. 22/23 West Virginia had two weeks off following its exhibition victory against WVU Tech, 113-33, on Oct. 28. Four Mountaineers finished in double-figure scoring in the win, including senior guard Jasmine Carson, who tallied a team-best 25 points. Fifth-year senior forward Ari Gray and fifth-year senior center Blessing Ejiofor tied for the team lead in rebounding with six boards apiece against the Golden Bears.

Press Release: WVU Athletic Department

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