No. 7 West Virginia 83, St. Francis, Pa. 55
With the Big East schedule creeping closer for No. 7 West
Virginia, coach Mike Carey gave his bench some extra work.
Ten different players scored for West Virginia and only two
starters played more than 20 minutes in the Mountaineers’ 83-55 win
over St. Francis, Pa., on Saturday night.
The Mountaineers (11-0) extended the best start in school
history and improved their school-record home winning streak to 26
”I don’t think we’re playing hard enough,” he said. ”These
are auditions for the Big East. If we don’t have 10 people playing
hard, then 10 people will not play. We will cut down our bench to
seven or eight. The Big East is the best league in the country bar
Madina Ali led the way with 18 points in 18 minutes, spending
much of the game in foul trouble. Asya Bussie added a career-high
17 points and Korinne Campbell scored 11.
Led by Ali and Bussie with seven rebounds apiece, the
Mountaineers dominated inside, holding a 42-28 rebounding advantage
and scoring 48 points in the lane.
”I thought Madina Ali played with a lot of energy, but she
needs to learn to play with a lot of fouls,” Carey said. ”She
plays strong under the basket and is very active. We need that
physical person down there, so hopefully we can keep her out of
Liz Repella, West Virginia’s second-leading scorer at 14 points
per game, was held to three on 1 of 8 shooting.
Samantha Leach scored 14 points for St. Francis (5-5), which had
its four-game winning streak ended.
West Virginia went ahead to stay three minutes into the game,
shot 56 percent (18 of 32) from the floor in the first half and led
46-28 at halftime. The lead was extended to as many as 36 points in
the second half.
”With a team like West Virginia, you just can’t have mistakes
because it can go from a tie game or down by four to a 10- or
14-point lead right away,” St. Francis coach Susan Robinson Frucht
West Virginia is 59-3 against nonconference opponents in
Morgantown. The Mountaineers’ No. 7 ranking matches last season’s
poll peak as the best in school history.