Women’s College Basketball

West Virgrinia 89,

Elon 56

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia women’s basketball team closed out the nonconference portion of its season with 11 consecutive wins, Sunday, with an 89-56 victory over Elon at the WVU Coliseum.

The Mountaineers (11-1) held Elon’s leading scorer Zora Stephenson, who entered Sunday’s game averaging 13.4 points per game, scoreless in 31 minutes of play, while four Mountaineers recorded scoring numbers in double figures.

WVU jumped out to a 12-2 lead in the first three minutes of play with an Averee Fields’ jumper, followed by a pair of threes and a layup from sophomore guard Bria Holmes, and a layup from senior center Asya Bussie. With 7:23 until halftime, Bussie added six points, including four from the free throw line, and another five points from Holmes, during a 16-5 run down to the 2:42 mark. The Mountaineers entered the locker room at the intermission with a 51-26 lead.

Bussie led WVU for the fourth consecutive game, recording 18 points, eight rebounds and four blocks in 28 minutes. Sophomore guard Bria Holmes added 17 points, including three 3-pointers all in the first half.

The Mountaineers open Big 12 Conference play at Kansas on Thursday at 8 p.m.

Navy 72, Marshall 68

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Reigning Conference USA Freshman of the Week Chelsey Romero recorded a career-high 16 points with her second double-double in a close battle with Navy, Sunday afternoon, but a late rally did not prove to be enough as Thundering Herd fell to the Midshipmen, 72-68, at Cam Henderson Center.

With the loss, Marshall fell to 5-6, 0-0 in Conference USA. Navy improved to 8-3 overall, and will begin Patriot League play, Thursday.

For the third consecutive game (and fourth of the last five games), three Herd players found double figures with Romero’s 16, AJ Johnson’s15, and Norrisha Victrum’s 11. Victrum has finished in double digits in Marshall’s last four games. Romero pulled down 10 rebounds to complete her double-double.

Next, Marshall gears up for a New Year’s Eve matchup with Davis & Elkins, Tuesday, at 2 p.m. at Cam Henderson Center.

Ohio State 65,

North Carolina Central 47

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s basketball team concluded non-conference action with a 65-47 win over North Carolina Central Sunday afternoon to improve to 10-6 overall.

The win culminated from an all-around team effort, with eight different players having points in the box score. Senior forward Darryce Moore led the charge with 16 points and six rebounds followed by junior guard Maleeka Kynard, who notched 11 points. Defensively, the Buckeyes limited the Eagles to shoot just 27 percent from the floor, posting an 18-9 lead in points off turnovers.

Ohio State took control of the first half early on and held on to the lead, only allowing N.C. Central with 16 points at halftime to lead by 12. The Buckeyes’ determined offense was able to benefit from the Eagles 21 turnovers for 18 points. At half, Moore was 4-of-7 from the floor to lead the team, while the team posted a 16-4 advantage in bench points.

James Madison 56,

Ohio 33

HARRISONBURG, Va. – The Ohio University women’s basketball team (4-6) dropped a 56-33 decision to host James Madison University (9-3) in its opening game of the JMU Invitational on Sunday at the Convocation Center.

The Bobcats lost despite limiting the Dukes to 37.5% shooting from the field and tallying nine steals.

Freshman guard Quiera Lampkins (Gahanna, Ohio) reached double figures for the third time this season with 11 points to lead Ohio. Sophomore forward Lexie Baldwin pulled down a team-high seven rebounds.

Ohio will square off with the University of Maryland, Baltimore County on Monday (Dec. 30) in the third-place game of the JMU Invitational. Tip time is scheduled for noon.

Women’s College Basketball

Glenville State 130,

Bowie State 85

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. – Glenville State wore out Bowie State to the tune of a 130-85 blowout here Friday night at Bluefield State College’s Sheetz/Herb Sims Classic as the No. 15 Pioneers improved to 8-1.

The Pioneers hit made 21 triples and led 58-49 at intermission, but exploded after the break and doubled up Bowie State, 72-36.

GSC placed seven players in double figures, led by Kenyell Goodson’s game-high 22 points.

BSU (5-2) received a team-high 18 points from Ashley Davis and got the game’s lone double-double thanks to 13 points and 12 boards from Denver Clyde.

Glenville State, which returns to action in the classic at 2 p.m. today versus West Virginia Tech, also received double figures from Tiffani Huffman (17), Ashleigh Fossett (15), Briauna Nix (14), Tasia Bistow (12), Madison Martin (11) and Ginny Mills (10).

Ohio State 52,

Appalachian State 38

COLUMBUS, Ohio -Limited to 18 first-half points, Ohio State put together some scoring punch in the final 20 minutes after defeating Appalachian State 52-38 on Friday night.

Ameryst Alston led the Buckeyes (9-6) with 11 points, while Cait Craft added 10 points.

The lone double-figure scorer for Appalachian State (2-8) was Maryah Sydnor with 11 points.

Appalachian State led by as many as eight points in the second half at 26-18 before Ohio State scored the next 14 points and pulled ahead for good at 32-26 with 8 1/2 minutes remaining in the second half.

East Carolina 76,

Ohio University 47

GREENVILLE, N.C. – Ohio University shot less than 12 percent (3 of 26) in the second half here Friday night and got blown out of Minges Coliseum, 76-47, as East Carolina ran its record to 10-1.

Jada Payne poured in 24 points to go along with five assists and four steals for the Pirates, who also got double figures in scoring from Kristine Mial with 12 and J’Kyra Brown with 11. Ondrea Shaw chipped in eight points, six boards and six blocked shots.

The Bobcats, who held a 35-33 halftime lead, dropped to 4-5 and was led Lexie Baldwin’s double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Women’s College Basketball

No. 1 UConn 70, Ohio State 49

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) – Bria Hartley scored 17 points, and Stefanie Dolson added 15 to lead No. 1 Connecticut to a 70-49 win over Ohio State on Sunday in the Hall of Fame Classic.

UConn (9-0) was coming off a much-needed seven-day break, having played four games in five days – winning by an average of 49 points. The Huskies had eight games in the first 15 days of the season.

Connecticut got off to a slow start and led 13-10 midway through the first half before finally getting going offensively. Saniya Chong started a 22-7 run to close the half with a 3-pointer. Hartley, Dolson and Banks took over from there, scoring the other 19 points during the burst. The Huskies led 35-17 at the break.

Ohio State (6-3) hung around in the second half and trailed 50-36 with 8:11 left, but got no closer.

Raven Ferguson scored all 14 of her points in the second half to lead the Buckeyes.

Connecticut is in a weird stretch of its schedule. The Huskies host UC Davis on Thursday and then don’t play again because of exams until visiting No. 2 Duke on Dec. 17.

The breaks between games does have some benefit with UConn having only seven healthy scholarship players as Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Morgan Tuck are still working their way back from injuries. Both are expected back in the next few weeks.

This was only the second meeting between the schools. UConn beat Ohio State in 2010 at Madison Square Garden for its 88th straight victory to tie the NCAA record for most consecutive victories, held by the UCLA men’s team. UConn went on to break it.

Ohio State, under first year coach Kevin McGuff, will next play at Maryland on Wednesday in the ACC/Big Ten challenge. McGuff came to the school after spending a few seasons at Washington.

Marietta College 79, Ohio Valley University 56

MARIETTA-The Ohio Valley University Scots outscored the Marietta College Pioneers by a 40-31 count in the middle 20 minutes of the game Sunday afternoon in the final of the 29th annual Turkey Shoot tournament at Ban Johnson Arena.

Unfortunately for head coach David Wadlington and his Scots, the Pioneers completely dominated the other 20 minutes of the game as they outscored the Scots 48-16 en route to a 79-56 victory to claim the tournament for the 14th time.

Candice Alexnader poured in 20 points while hauling down 13 rebounds to lead the Pioneers to their fifth straight victory of the season.

Marietta College jumped out to a commanding 29-11 lead in the first half before watching the Fighting Scots rally to trim the lead to single digits at 60-51 with seven minutes to play in the game.

A pair of free throws by freshman guard Morgan Liedtke pushed the Pio lead back to double figures and back-to back buckets by Alexander and Frontier High School graduate Heather Booth made it 64-51, igniting a 19-5 game ending Pioneer run.

Alexander, who was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament after compiling 36 points in the two games, was one of four Pioneers who finished the game in double figures.

Senior guard Tori Dixon added 15 points including a three-pointer in the opening minute of the game that made her the all-time leading three-point shooter in Marietta College history.