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

foul trouble.”

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.