No. 7 WVU ends regular season tonight

MORGANTOWN – Fans of the West Virginia University women’s basketball team will have their final chance to see the nation’s No. 7 ranked Mountaineers play in the Coliseum when Kansas visits for a Big 12 Conference game that tips off at 7 p.m.

WVU (26-3 overall, 15-2 Big 12) is coming off a 71-69 win on Saturday at then- No. 7 Baylor. The victory allowed the Mountaineers to move into the No. 7 spot, West Virginia’s highest ranking of the season.

The latest Bracketology predictions from ESPN have the Mountaineers being a No. 2 seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament.

Before the game, coach Mike Carey’s team will be honoring its five seniors – Asya Bussie, Christal Caldwell, Brooke Hampton, Jess Harlee and Taylor Palmer. Mountaineer fans who plan to attend the game are asked to be in their seats by 6:45 p.m. The first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive a special senior poster.

This will mark the second meeting this season between the Mountaineers and the Jayhawks. WVU won the first encounter, 65-55, at the Allen Fieldhouse with Caldwell scoring 14 points and Bussie adding 13 to go with 10 rebounds. The Mountaineers needed a late 16-0 run to secure that victory.

WVU does owe Kansas one as the Jayhawks won last year’s meeting at the Coliseum, 60-59. Kansas leads the all-time series -which began in 1992 – three victories to two.

Kansas is struggling this year as the Jayhawks are 12-17 overall and 5-12 in Big 12 play.

Holmes leads WVU in scoring with a 14.8 points per game average. Asya Bussie, who has started in all 29 games, carries a 13.2 scoring norm.

WVU has four players averaging in double figures with Caldwell carrying a 12.3 points per game norm and Palmer averaging 10.3 points per contest.

West Virginia is averaging 74.7 points per game while allowing just 57.7. The Mountaineers will compete in the Big 12 Championships, which get under way on Friday in Oklahoma City.