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    After registering four total wins at TCU on Jan. 13, sophomore Morgan Bullock of the women’s swimming and diving team has been named the West Virginia University Student-Athlete of the Week, presented by University Apartments.

    The Zeeland, Michigan, native claimed individual wins in the 100 butterfly, 200 butterfly and 200 individual medley, and she was a member of the Mountaineers’ first-place 200 medley relay team. Her time of 1:58.92 in the 200 fly was good for an NCAA ‘B’ Standard. Bullock also recorded times of 55.60 in the 100 fly and 2:02.73 in the 200 IM, while the relay team recorded a time of 1:45.51.

    Bullock paced WVU to a 196-103 victory over the Horned Frogs, marking the second consecutive season in which the Mountaineers have topped TCU. In all, the WVU women won 13 of 16 events in the Big 12 dual-meet victory.

    This Week in Women’s Basketball: West Virginia hits the road for a pair of games … the Mountaineers travel to Stillwater, Oklahoma, on Wednesday to face No. 24/NR Oklahoma State … tipoff is set for 8 p.m. ET at Gallagher-Iba Arena … WVU stays on the road, heading to Ames, Iowa, to face Iowa State … the two will meet at Hilton Coliseum at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday.

    Last Week in Women’s Basketball: The WVU women’s basketball team posted a 1-1 mark, grabbing a win on the road before falling at home in league action … the Mountaineers defeated Kansas, 74-54, in Lawrence on Wednesday … junior guard Naomi Davenport had a team-high 22 points, setting a career mark with four 3-pointers … senior forward Kristina King had 12 rebounds, while senior guard Chania Ray had a double-double with 12 points and 10 assists … on Saturday, the Mountaineers fell to TCU, 76-74, in overtime at the WVU Coliseum … Davenport and Ray each had a team-best 17 points … King notched a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

    Notes: The Mountaineers rank at No. 17 in the most recent AP Poll and come in at No. 16 in the USA TODAY Sports Coaches Poll … the team’s overtime loss to TCU was its first overtime game of the season … seniors Kristina King and Chania Ray each recorded their second double-double of the season last week … Ray had 12 points and 10 assists against the Jayhawks … in her third game back from injury, King had 12 points and 10 rebounds against the Horned Frogs … teammate Teana Muldrow leads the Big 12 with eight double-doubles this season … she also leads the league in 20-point performances and games with 10 or more rebounds … WVU leads the league in steals at 11.2 per game, and will face Oklahoma State, who ranks second at 9.6 steals per game, on Wednesday.

    This Week in Gymnastics: No. 18-ranked WVU concludes a three week, season-opening homestand at the WVU Coliseum on Sunday, Jan. 21, against George Washington and Towson, with action set to begin at 2 p.m. … it’s the Wendy M. Roach Pink Meet Invitational, and all tickets will be available for $3 each for fans who wear pink to support breast cancer awareness … additionally, the first 1,000 fans will receive a pink shaker, courtesy of WVU Medicine, and pink WVU Medicine t-shirts will be available for a minimum donation of $10 … additionally, the team will accept sundry item donations for the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center.

    Last Season in Gymnastics: The Mountaineers (0-2) improved upon their season-opening score by 1.45 points but fell just short to No. 14 Arizona State, losing 196.475-195.875 on Jan. 14, at the WVU Coliseum … WVU scored 49.0 or better on two events, including a winning, 49.125 mark on vault … ASU took the team wins on uneven bars (49.125-48.9), balance beam (49.225-49.0) and floor exercise (49.125-48.85) … senior Zaakira Muhammad landed on the podium four times and finished second in the all-around with a season-best 39.35 score … Muhammad paced the Mountaineers on beam with a career-best matching 9.875, good enough for second place … junior Kirah Koshinski took the vault win with a season-best 9.9 … junior Jaquie Tun paced the team on bars with a season-best 9.85 and finished second overall … freshman McKenna Linnen placed third on floor with a career-high 9.85.

    Notes: Muhammad’s all-around score was the third-best of her career … she has scored 39.0 or better in five of the last six meets … WVU finished with six season-high marks on vault … Koshinski now shows 12 career vault scores of 9.9 or better … Koshinski opened the beam rotation with a career-high matching 9.85 … with the result, the all-time record with ASU stands at 2-2.

    This Week in Track and Field: WVU travels to Youngstown, Ohio, for the YSU College Invitational on Friday, Jan. 19 at noon ET.

    Last Week in Track and Field: The Mountaineers won five events and added five second-place finishes at the WVU Open on Jan. 13, at the WVU Shell Building … the home meet was the second and final of WVU’s 2017-18 indoor season.

    Notes: WVU’s victories included freshman McKenna Smith in the 500-meter (1:20.14), redshirt freshman Kyrielle Williams in the high jump (1.62m), junior Madeline Gardner in the pole vault (4.08m), redshirt senior Meghan Jean-Baptiste in the 60-meter hurdles (9.05) and redshirt senior Amy Cashin in the 800-meter run (2:16.44) … freshman Ellie Gardner, who tied for second in the pole vault competition, set a WVU freshman indoor record with a mark of 3.78 meters (12 feet, 4.75 inches) … additionally, WVU saw freshman Michaela Ashford (long jump), Jean-Baptiste (high jump), senior Sara Finfrock (pole vault), freshman Marianne Abdalah (mile) and redshirt freshman Antigone Archer (3,000 meters) register second-place finishes … Friday’s meet in Youngstown marks the Mountaineers’ first road competition of the indoor season … WVU last visited Youngstown State during the 2014-15 campaign.

    This Week in Wrestling: The Mountaineers (3-3, 2-1 Big 12) will embark on their first Big 12 road trip of the season, as they take on No. 5 Oklahoma State on Friday, Jan. 19 and Iowa State on Sunday, Jan. 21 … Friday’s 8 p.m. ET match with the Cowboys will be streamed live on FloWrestling … Sunday’s match with the Cyclones will begin at 3 p.m. ET and will be streamed live on CyclonesTV … Live stats can be found at TrackWrestling.com.

    Last Week in Wrestling: The Mountaineers did not compete last week.

    Notes: The Mountaineers have competed against five nationally ranked opponents this season, winning three of their last four matches … for the first time all year, West Virginia received 12 votes in the USA Today/NWCA Coaches Top-25 Poll for the week of Jan. 8 … WVU owns a 3-1 record inside the WVU Coliseum this season … the Mountaineers have not won a match on the road this season, dropping a contest at then-No. 10 Virginia Tech on Dec. 22 and falling to Utah Valley in their season opener on Nov. 3 at a neutral site … the Mountaineers and the Cowboys meet for the 13th time on Friday in a series that dates back to 1927 … Oklahoma State owns a 12-0 lead in the series and took a 38-3 win in Stillwater last season as the No. 1 team in the nation … West Virginia and Iowa State will meet for the 19th time on Sunday in a series that dates back to 1922 … Iowa State holds a 16-2 lead in the series, though, it was West Virginia that claimed its first Big 12 win in program history over the Cyclones last season … redshirt senior Jacob A. Smith is ranked nationally in the top 15 by a trio of media outlets at 197 pounds … the Charleston, West Virginia, native is ranked No. 12 by FloWrestling, appears at No. 13 according to Intermat and checks in at No. 15 via The Open Mat … a native of Northampton, Pennsylvania, redshirt junior Zeke Moisey appears at No. 13 via The Open Mat at 125 pounds … he also checks in at No. 14 via Intermat’s Top-20 Poll and No. 16 via FloWrestling … Moisey and redshirt freshman Matthew Schmitt boast a team-best 15-6 overall mark at 125 pounds and 133 pounds, respectively … Moisey and Schmitt also are tied for a team-best four victories in dual-match play with redshirt sophomore Zachary Moore, who competes at 157 pounds … Moisey paces the Mountaineers’ with 19 match points and sports a team-best 16 takedowns and four pins on the year.

    This Week in Rifle: No. 1 WVU travels West for a pair of matches in Fairbanks, Alaska … the Mountaineers line up against No. 10 Mississippi on Saturday, Jan. 20, and No. 5 Alaska-Fairbanks on Sunday, Jan. 21 … both matches will begin at noon ET.

    Last Week in Rifle: The Mountaineers (9-0, 6-0 GARC) resumed competition following a two-month break with a 4711-4651 victory over Akron on Jan. 14, at the WVU Rifle Range … WVU won smallbore, 2334-2296, and air rifle, 2377-2355 … junior Ginny Thrasher finished first in air rifle with a 598, and redshirt freshman David Koenders won smallbore with a 586.

    Notes: WVU took the top three spots in both air rifle and smallbore … sophomore Jack Anderson shot a career-high 589 air rifle and 566 smallbore … redshirt freshman Noah Barker finished with a career-best 587 air rifle … with the win, WVU improves to 16-0 all-time against Akron.

    This Week in Swimming & Diving: The Mountaineers host Pitt in the Backyard Brawl on Thursday, Jan. 18 … competition at the WVU Natatorium begins with diving at 4 p.m. ET, and continues with swimming at 5 p.m.

    Last Week in Swimming & Diving: In its first Big 12 dual meet of the season, West Virginia beat TCU in Fort Worth, Texas, on Saturday … the men earned a 221-77 victory, while the women posted a 196-103 win … competing for the first time since Nov. 17-19, the Mountaineers won 29 of 32 events, while the men won all 16 events … four swimmers finished with four total wins at TCU: junior Merwane El Merini, sophomore Morgan Bullock and freshmen David Dixon and Angelo Russo … Bullock and Dixon each had three individual victories and NCAA ‘B’ cut times in the 200 fly to pace the Mountaineers … senior Michael Proietto won both springboard events to lead the West Virginia divers, who claimed 1- and 3-meter wins for both the men and women.

    Notes: The West Virginia men recorded their fifth consecutive win over TCU, while the women earned their second triumph in a row over the Horned Frogs … along with Proietto’s sweep for the men on springboard, junior Averly Hobbs won on the women’s 1-meter with a 276.45, while junior Madelyn Woods won the 3-meter event with a 303.68 … the women took 1-2-3 finishes in both diving events and the men finished first and second on 1-meter and first and third on 3-meter … Thursday’s meet against Pitt was originally set for Jan. 6, before it was postponed … the Mountaineer men fell to Pitt, 214-86, last season, while the women fell to the Panthers, 205.5-94.5 … the WVU men last defeated Pitt in 2016 … the last victory over the Panthers for the Mountaineer women came in 2012 … the two programs have met annually since 1994-95, with the women’s team competing against Pitt every year since the 1987-88 campaign.

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