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WVU 76, ALBANY 61

ALBANY (28-5) — Rosario 2-6 1-2 6, Royals 4-11 6-9 14, Phillip 2-4 1-2 5, Richards 4-8 1-3 9, Craig 9-15 5-8 23, Coughlin 0-1 0-0 0, Tate 2-5 0-4 4, Edwards 0-0 0-1 0. Totals 23-50 14-29 61.

WEST VIRGINIA (30-4) — Caldwell 10-16 3-5 26, Fields 3-6 4-5 10, Bussie 1-5 1-2 3, Stepney 1-1 4-4 7, Holmes 6-19 7-8 20, Palmer 0-3 3-4 3, Hampton 0-1 0-0 0, Faulk 0-0 0-2 0, Harlee 1-2 3-4 5, Montgomery 1-1 0-0 2, Leary 0-0 0-0 0, Gordon 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-54 25-34 76.

Halftime—West Virginia 42-25. 3-Point Goals—Albany 1-6 (Rosario 1-4, Coughlin 0-1, Royals 0-1), West Virginia 5-22 (Caldwell 3-6, Stepney 1-1, Holmes 1-12, Hampton 0-1, Palmer 0-2). Fouled Out—Richards, Royals. Rebounds—Albany 33 (Phillip 9), West Virginia 39 (Bussie 12). Assists—Albany 12 (Rosario 6), West Virginia 9 (Fields 3). Total Fouls—Albany 26, West Virginia 25. A—NA.

By The Associated Press
Sunday, March 23, 2014, 6:42 p.m.
 

BATON ROUGE, La. — West Virginia's backcourt duo of Christal Caldwell and Bria Holmes left coach Mike Carey confident about the Mountaineers chances of making program history in the NCAA women's tournament.

Caldwell scored 26 points, Holmes added 20, and second-seeded West Virginia defeated Albany, 76-61, in the opening round Sunday, setting up a second-round matchup Tuesday night with host LSU, the No. 7 seed.

Averee Fields added 10 points for West Virginia (30-4), now one victory from its first ever appearance in the Sweet 16.

“We attacked the basket and did what we are supposed to do,” Carey said. “We passed the ball extremely well.”

Megan Craig led the 15th-seeded Great Danes (28-5) with 23 points. But the 6-foot-9 center was hampered by two quick fouls that limiter her playing time in the first half.

When Craig went to the bench, the Mountaineers went on a 16-2 run to take a 33-11 lead.

“It was more of our defense that was the biggest reason we went on our run like we did,” Holmes said. “It got things going with us offensively and allowed us to score a lot of points quickly when their girl (Craig) went out of the game.”

Indeed, West Virginia's defense held Albany scoreless for nearly six minutes during the run, and the Great Danes never quite recovered.

West Virginia already has set a school record for victories in a season and has its highest ever seeding in an NCAA tournament. Now the Mountaineers have two days to prepare for a virtual road game against an LSU team coming off a commanding 98-78 triumph over Georgia Tech.

 

 
 


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