Women’s College Basketball

West Virgrinia 89,

Elon 56

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia women’s basketball team closed out the nonconference portion of its season with 11 consecutive wins, Sunday, with an 89-56 victory over Elon at the WVU Coliseum.

The Mountaineers (11-1) held Elon’s leading scorer Zora Stephenson, who entered Sunday’s game averaging 13.4 points per game, scoreless in 31 minutes of play, while four Mountaineers recorded scoring numbers in double figures.

WVU jumped out to a 12-2 lead in the first three minutes of play with an Averee Fields’ jumper, followed by a pair of threes and a layup from sophomore guard Bria Holmes, and a layup from senior center Asya Bussie. With 7:23 until halftime, Bussie added six points, including four from the free throw line, and another five points from Holmes, during a 16-5 run down to the 2:42 mark. The Mountaineers entered the locker room at the intermission with a 51-26 lead.

Bussie led WVU for the fourth consecutive game, recording 18 points, eight rebounds and four blocks in 28 minutes. Sophomore guard Bria Holmes added 17 points, including three 3-pointers all in the first half.

The Mountaineers open Big 12 Conference play at Kansas on Thursday at 8 p.m.

Navy 72, Marshall 68

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Reigning Conference USA Freshman of the Week Chelsey Romero recorded a career-high 16 points with her second double-double in a close battle with Navy, Sunday afternoon, but a late rally did not prove to be enough as Thundering Herd fell to the Midshipmen, 72-68, at Cam Henderson Center.

With the loss, Marshall fell to 5-6, 0-0 in Conference USA. Navy improved to 8-3 overall, and will begin Patriot League play, Thursday.

For the third consecutive game (and fourth of the last five games), three Herd players found double figures with Romero’s 16, AJ Johnson’s15, and Norrisha Victrum’s 11. Victrum has finished in double digits in Marshall’s last four games. Romero pulled down 10 rebounds to complete her double-double.

Next, Marshall gears up for a New Year’s Eve matchup with Davis & Elkins, Tuesday, at 2 p.m. at Cam Henderson Center.

Ohio State 65,

North Carolina Central 47

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s basketball team concluded non-conference action with a 65-47 win over North Carolina Central Sunday afternoon to improve to 10-6 overall.

The win culminated from an all-around team effort, with eight different players having points in the box score. Senior forward Darryce Moore led the charge with 16 points and six rebounds followed by junior guard Maleeka Kynard, who notched 11 points. Defensively, the Buckeyes limited the Eagles to shoot just 27 percent from the floor, posting an 18-9 lead in points off turnovers.

Ohio State took control of the first half early on and held on to the lead, only allowing N.C. Central with 16 points at halftime to lead by 12. The Buckeyes’ determined offense was able to benefit from the Eagles 21 turnovers for 18 points. At half, Moore was 4-of-7 from the floor to lead the team, while the team posted a 16-4 advantage in bench points.

James Madison 56,

Ohio 33

HARRISONBURG, Va. – The Ohio University women’s basketball team (4-6) dropped a 56-33 decision to host James Madison University (9-3) in its opening game of the JMU Invitational on Sunday at the Convocation Center.

The Bobcats lost despite limiting the Dukes to 37.5% shooting from the field and tallying nine steals.

Freshman guard Quiera Lampkins (Gahanna, Ohio) reached double figures for the third time this season with 11 points to lead Ohio. Sophomore forward Lexie Baldwin pulled down a team-high seven rebounds.

Ohio will square off with the University of Maryland, Baltimore County on Monday (Dec. 30) in the third-place game of the JMU Invitational. Tip time is scheduled for noon.