Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

College Sports

February 18, 2013

Mountaineers upset Cyclones

AMES, Iowa — Freshman Bria Holmes scored 13 of her 18 bench points in the second half and West Virginia closed with a 6-0 run to snap No. 24 Iowa State’s four-game winning streak 68-66 Sunday.

West Virginia coach Mike Carey said on the WVU sports website, “I thought Bria Holmes came off the bench and hit some good shots for us for a freshman in this kind of atmosphere.”

The Mountaineers (15-10, 7-7 Big 12 Conference) trailed 66-62 with 2 1/2 minutes remaining. Ayana Dunning hit a layup, and Averee Fields followed with a free throw at 0:48 and then a go-ahead layup with 12 seconds left. Brooke Hampton added a free throw with 3 seconds remaining.

During the 6-0 run, Iowa State (18-6, 9-5) failed to take a shot, committing six turnovers in the final 1:52.

Holmes entered averaging 4.5 points in league play. Dunning added 13 points, all in the second half. WVU finished the game shooting 52 percent (26-50), its highest field goal percentage in a Big 12 game this season.

Hallie Christofferson tied the career high she set last Thursday against No. 22 Oklahoma with 27 points for Iowa State and became the 25th Cyclone to reach 1,000 points for her career.

Carey said, “I thought we did a good job. We had to make it ugly because we weren’t scoring, so we had to have more quickness and try to get some traps and turnovers.”

“They do a great job. They’re a great team and very physical. They had some foul trouble and we were in foul trouble, but we were able to pull it off at the end.”

West Virginia plays at TCU on Saturday night.

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WEST VIRGINIA (15-10)

Caldwell 1-6 0-0 2, Palmer 2-5 0-0 5, Fields 3-8 1-4 7,  Stepney 0-1 0-0 0, Dunning 5-9 3-4 13, Hampton 2-2 1-2 6,  Faulk 2-3 1-2 5, Harlee 3-4 1-2 7, Holmes 6-10 2-4 18, Leary 2-2 1-2 5. Totals 26-50 10-20 68.

IOWA ST. (18-6)

Moody 4-6 3-3 14, Christofferson 9-12 8-11 27, Williamson 1-8 2-3 4,  Poppens 2-4 6-8 10, Prins 2-7 0-0 5, Blaskowsky 1-9 4-4 6,  Ellis 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-46 23-29 66.

Halftime—Iowa St. 27-22. 3-Point Goals—West Virginia 6-15 (Holmes  4-7, Hampton 1-1, Palmer 1-3, Stepney 0-1, Caldwell 0-1, Dunning 0-1,  Harlee 0-1), Iowa St. 5-23 (Moody 3-4, Christofferson 1-3, Prins 1-5,  Blaskowsky 0-5, Williamson 0-6). Fouled Out—Dunning, Poppens, Prins.  Rebounds—West Virginia 28 (Harlee 8), Iowa St. 28 (Poppens 7).  Assists—West Virginia 18 (Hampton 7), Iowa St. 13 (Williamson 5). Total  Fouls—West Virginia 26, Iowa St. 18. A—11,951.

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