MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (November 16, 2014) – The No. 17-ranked West Virginia women’s basketball team resumes action in the Preseason WNIT on Monday, Nov. 17 when the Mountaineers host Seton Hall in the quarterfinal round. The game is slated for a 7 p.m. start in the WVU Coliseum.
Tickets are available for the game online at WVUGAME.com or by phone at 1-800-WVU GAME. A live stream of the contest will be provided online at WVUsports.com. Jeff Culhane will call the action on the Mountaineer Sports Network (see affiliates). Fans also can listen anywhere via the TuneIn Radio app.
In its season opener on Saturday, WVU (1-0) collected a 67-42 win over Eastern Kentucky. The Mountaineers closed out the first half on a 12-0 run to take a commanding 30-19 lead at intermission. WVU maintained the momentum in the second half, shooting over 50 percent to collect a 25-point win.
Guard Bria Holmes tallied a game-high 23 points, while seniors Linda Stepney (13) and Averee Fields (12) contributed with double-figures.
The Mountaineers and Pirates meet for the 25th time on Monday evening. The series is even, 12-12. The two squads duked it out as members of the Big East Conference from 1995 until 2012. West Virginia has won four out of the last five meetings, including a 79-63 victory at the Coliseum on Jan. 10, 2012.
Seton Hall (1-0) won 66-47 over Rider in East Orange, New Jersey last Friday. The Pirates have six new faces on the roster that are eligible this season. Coach Anthony Bozzella is in his second season with Seton Hall after spending 11 seasons at Iona College.
The Pirates are led by forward Tabitha Richardson-Smith, who scored 19 points and shot 63.3 percent from the field. Janee Johnson nearly had a double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds in Friday’s victory. Guard Ka-Deidre Simmons posted 14 points, six assists and three steals against Rider.
“Bria (Holmes) didn’t shoot that well (last night), but she’s tired,” said coach Mike Carey. “She is playing so many minutes, and I expect her to play defense on the other end of the court. Right now, it is what it is. We just have to play. We know we have Seton Hall coming up and it will probably be the most athletic teams we will play. They have a lot of transfers on their team, and they play 11 people.”
– WVU makes its second appearance in the Preseason WNIT. In the its only other showing in 2009, WVU defeated Towson and Marist before falling to nationally-ranked Ohio State in the semifinal round.
– Bria Holmes set a WVU Preseason WNIT record with 23 points and nine made field goals against EKU.
– Senior Crystal Leary tied Korinne Campbell (Towson) and Liz Repella (Marist) for most WVU rebounds with 11 against the Colonels.
FOUR MAKE DEBUTS VS. EKU
– Redshirt Freshman Teana Muldrow scored eight points and pulled in five rebounds in the victory.
– Lanay Montgomery grabbed six boards and blocked two shots in 17 minutes.
– Both Montgomery and Muldrow earned their first collegiate start.
– Dominique Simpson and Tyara Warren each hit a trey in the contest.
NON-CONFERENCE HOME SUCCESS
– WVU has put together an impressive 25-4 record at home over the past five years.
– The Mountaineers have only lost twice at home against non-conference foes once during that stretch (2011-12).
– WVU went a perfect 8-0 in the Coliseum during the 2010-11 campaign.
– WVU is 79-6 (.929) at home against nonconference teams since 2002.
OPENING ON THE RIGHT NOTE
– West Virginia women’s basketball opened its 42nd season on Nov. 15 with a 67-42 win over Eastern Kentucky. The Mountaineers own a 27-15 all-time record in season openers and have won seven out of its last eight. Coach Mike Carey has a 11-3 record in season openers.
– The Mountaineers are an impressive 32-10 in home openers. WVU has won 14 out of its last 15 home-opening affairs. Carey’s teams are 13-1 at home under his watch.
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