Area roundup: UC women defeat West Virginia State 76-71
The University of Charleston had three players hit double digits in scoring Saturday as the Golden Eagles defended their home court against visiting rival West Virginia State with a 76-71 women's basketball win.
UC (7-6, 4-5 West Virginia Conference) was led by LeAnne Ross' 20 points, including 15 by way of 3-pointers. Jessi Cowden and Nichole Perry each chipped in with 17 points. Cowden also led UC with nine rebounds.
State (4-8, 4-5) trailed by 12 points at halftime but rallied back behind an 18-point, seven-rebound effort from Asia Greenleaf. Kashauna Cook finished with 14 points and Maria Femia tallied 13 points for the Yellow Jackets.
TECH BASKETBALL: WVU Tech's men's team struggled Saturday in its first game of 2013, losing at Salem International 93-65.
The Golden Bears (10-9) were led by 15 points from Kornilous Donnel while Terrale Clark finished with 11 points, eight rebounds and three assists.
For the Tigers (8-9), Kenneth McCordell had 28 points to lead all scorers while Raymar Morton added 22 points.
Senior guard Courtney Sturdivant led the Golden Bears (7-9) with 16 points in addition to grabbing six rebounds.
Notre Dame (5-11) had five scorers in double figures, led by 21 from Lauren Macer.
PREP SWIMMING: George Washington swept the boys and girls team titles Saturday at the HYCAT January High School Invitational at the University of Charleston Natatorium.
The GW girls scored 444 points, beating second-place Parkersburg (358), while the Patriot boys won with 416 points, besting second-place Charleston Catholic (183).
GW's Jordyn O'Dell and Catholic's Morgan Carr earned two wins apiece in the individual events. O'Dell claimed victory in the 100-yard freestyle and 100 backstroke, while Carr secured wins in the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly.
On the boy's side, Catholic's Nathan Carr and South Charleston's Austin Green picked up a pair of individual event wins. Carr hit the wall first in 200 individual medley and 100 backstroke. Green earned first-place finishes in the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly.
WVU WOMEN WIN: Christal Caldwell accounted for 19 points and nine rebounds to lead West Virginia to a 66-52 win at Kansas State.
WVU (10-5, 2-2 Big 12) took the lead for good on an Ayana Dunning jumper with 8:34 to play in the second half before going on a 15-2 run to blow the game open. Dunning finished as the Mountaineers' second-leading scorer with 14 points.
Kansas State guard Brittany Chambers scored a game-high 20 points, including a 7-of-8 showing at the foul line. Brianna Craig hit for 12 points and Haley Texanda had 10 points for the Wildcats (10-6, 1-3 Big 12).
WVU next plays Tuesday when the Mountaineers host TCU at the Coliseum.
WVU TRACK: The West Virginia University took three first-place awards at the Doug Raymond Invitational hosted by Kent State University.
Senior Stephanie Aldea won the 800-meter run with a time of 2:13.82 while freshman Peyton Hampson won the 1,000-meter run with a time of 3:03.22. The Mountaineers also won the distance medley relay with a time of 12:15.49.