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WVU Looks to Bounce Back Sunday
November 19, 2011 - Jim Butta
MORGANTOWN -- After dropping a 56-48 decision to St. Bonaventure Friday evening at the Coliseum, the West Virginia women’s basketball team looks to bounce back as it faces North Carolina Central on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 2 p.m.
The Eagles (0-3), under 15th-year coach Joli D. Robinson, look to end a three-game skid as they last fell to Campbell, 59-41, on Nov. 17.
NCCU’s leader is starter Chasidy Williams, who averages 16.0 points per game and 7.3 rebounds per game. Behind Williams, the lone senior Blair Houston averages 7.3 points per game and 4.3 rebounds per game. Jasmine Alston, who comes off the bench, rounds out the top three scorers with 5.3 points per game.
The Mountaineers (1-1) last faced the Eagles on Dec. 21, 2010, taking a 71-39 victory in Durham, N.C. Five WVU players had scoring figures in double digits. Of the five, Asya Bussie and Jess Harlee are the only returners to this season. They each had 10 points in last year’s contest. Sunday’s meeting is the third meeting between the schools as WVU holds a 2-0 all-time series advantage.
Taylor Palmer, who was limited to only three points in the St. Bonaventure loss, looks to rebound as she continues to lead the team, averaging 18.0 points per game. Christal Caldwell is the second-leading scorer for the Mountaineers with 11.0 points per game and 5.0 rebounds per game.
Defensively, Ayana Dunning leads the league in rebounding as she averages 12.5 boards per game. Behind Dunning, Bussie averages 8.5 rebounds per game and also rounds out the top three scorers with 8.0 points per game.
Sunday’s game will be streamed live online at MSNsportsNet.com. The first 500 fans will receive wristbands provided by EZToUse.com. Mini USA flags will also be handed out on a first-come first-serve basis as part of Military Appreciation Day.
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