Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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December 17, 2012

WVU women ice the Penguins

MORGANTOWN — Five players for No. 25 West Virginia scored in double figures Sunday in defeating Youngstown State 90-57.

Taylor Palmer scored 15 points. Ayana Dunning added 13 points and 13 rebounds, Christal Caldwell and Averee Fields scored 12 points each and Darius Faulk scored 10 for the Mountain-eers (7-2).

West Virginia shot 64.4 percent, making 38 or 59 shots to claim its fourth straight win. Youngstown State (7-3) connected on 28.1 percent (16 for 57).

Caldwell and Palmer each scored 10 of their points in the first half, when West Virginia took a 43-23 lead.

Brandi Brown, who came in averaging 20.7 points and 12.3 rebounds for the Penguins (7-3), was held to 12 points on 4-of-12 shooting and four rebounds. The senior forward did become the third Youngstown State player to surpass 1,500 career points, getting to 1,509.

The Mountaineers, who never trailed, outrebounded Youngs-town State 44-25 and outscored the Penguins 42-20 in the paint.

“We came out and played hard,” West Virginia coach Mike Carey said. “In the first half, we turned the ball over more than we have been, but we were trying to pound it in and we have to do a better job of that.

“Taylor Palmer and Christal Caldwell came out and did some great things early. They did a good job offensively and Yaya (Dunning) had a double-double, which she should.”

“A lot of our shots weren’t layups either. Sometimes when we shoot 64 percent, they are all layups, but they weren’t,” Carey said.

Palmer shot 50 percent from 3-point range, converting 3-of-6 attempts, to go with eight rebounds and five assists for 15 points in the win.

Dunning’s double-double, the seventh of her career, consisted of 13 points and a season-high 13 rebounds. Dunning also dished out four assists, grabbed three steals and put up two blocks in 28 minutes of play.

True freshman Darius Faulk provided a spark off the bench as she added a career-best 10 points on 5-of-5 shooting from the field.

Crystal Leary added six rebounds in 17 minutes.

The Penguins, who entered the game averaging 9.2 3-pointers a game as the second-highest average in the nation, were held to only 20 percent (5 for 25) from 3-point range. Youngstown State was 20 of 24 from the free throw line, while WVU made 8 of 19.

Heidi Schlegel led the Pen-guins with 13 points. Melissa Thompson led Youngstown State in rebounding with six boards.

“If we can become consistent, get more consistent play from some of our guards and establish a post game with Averee and Crystal Leary along with Yaya, then we have a chance to be pretty darn good,” Carey said.

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