No. 11 West Virginia 80, Loyola, Md. 49

Liz Repella scored 18 points and No. 11 West Virginia, with the

highest preseason ranking in school history, opened up by beating

Loyola, Md., 80-49 on Friday night.

Madina Ali added 17 points for the Mountaineers, who won their

12th straight home opener and school-record 20th consecutive home

game dating to the end of the 2008-09 season.

West Virginia played without injured guard Sarah Miles, who had

wrist surgery last month and is due back for Wednesday’s game

against Duquesne.

Repella also had nine rebounds and five assists, both team

highs.

Miriam McKenzie led Loyola with 11 points. Erica DiClemente and

Nicole Krusen added 10 apiece.

Bianca Jarrett’s 3-pointer just before the end of the first half

helped West Virginia go into the break with a 31-25 lead. Taylor

Palmer hit all three of her 3s and finished with nine points for

the Mountaineers, who had 15 steals and outrebounded the Greyhounds

36-31.