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    After leading WVU to the Martin Downs Collegiate title, freshman Matthew Sharpstene of the golf team has been named the West Virginia University Student-Athlete of the Week, presented by University Apartments.

    Sharpstene, a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, set a program record with a low round of 64 on the final day of the Martin Downs Collegiate to lead WVU to the tournament title. His score of 64 marked the lowest round of the tournament.

    He finished the tournament as a runner-up with a three-round score of 74-71-64=209 for seven under par, which places him amongst the all-time top 10 for 54-hole total in WVU history.

    This Week in Women’s Basketball: WVU is set for a pair of Big 12 contests this week … the Mountaineers travel to Manhattan, Kansas, on Tuesday for a tilt with Kansas State … tipoff is set for 8 p.m. EST inside Bramlage Coliseum … WVU returns to Morgantown to host Oklahoma State on Saturday … the Mountaineers will celebrate senior day prior to the 1 p.m. start time at the WVU Coliseum.

    Last Week in Women’s Basketball: The Mountaineers went 1-1 at home this past week … on Wednesday, WVU picked up a 76-46 victory over Kansas at the WVU Coliseum … senior forward Teana Muldrow netted a double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds … junior guard/forward Naomi Davenport had 15 points in the win, while junior guard Katrina Pardee also finished in double digits with 13 points … senior guard Chania Ray just missed a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds … the Mountaineers dropped an overtime heartbreaker to Oklahoma, 79-77, on Saturday at the WVU Coliseum … Muldrow netted another double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds … Pardee hit a 3-pointer with eight seconds left to force overtime … Davenport finished with 24 points and Ray set a career high with 12 assists.

    Notes: Teana Muldrow notched her second straight double-double … it was her 12th of the season and the 22nd of her career … she is tied with Lisa Szymczak for sixth all-time at WVU …she is tied for second in the Big 12 this season … Muldrow also moved into eighth place all-time with 1,651 career points … she is fifth in senior season leaders with 531 points this year … Muldrow also moved into eighth place on the senior season leaders list with 244 rebounds … she is fifth all-time with 896 rebounds … senior forward Chania Ray had a career-high 12 assists in the effort … she is three shy of cracking the all-time top 10 with 412 career dishes … it was the second time WVU and OU have gone to overtime … the Sooners won a 90-87 triumph in double overtime in Norman on Feb. 7, 2017 … it was WVU’s second overtime game of the season … the Mountaineers previously fell to TCU, 76-74, on Jan. 13 in Morgantown … prior to the game, WVU hosted women’s basketball alumni in a pregame celebration.

    This Week in Gymnastics: The Mountaineers travel to Norman, Oklahoma, for a dual meet at No. 1 Oklahoma on Friday, Feb. 23, with action inside the Lloyd Noble Center set to begin at 7:45 p.m. EST.

    Last Week in Gymnastics: WVU (7-6, 0-2) tallied season-high scores on balance beam and floor exercise to surge past Pitt and Maryland to secure two wins with a season-high 196.225 score on Sunday, Feb. 18, at the WVU Coliseum in front of a program-record 4,517 fans … the Terrapins finished second with a 195.825 score, and Pitt placed third with a 195.25 score … WVU finished first on beam and floor with season-best marks of 49.05 and 49.325, respectively, and on vault with a 49.075 total … the Mountaineers also placed second on uneven bars with a 48.775 total … senior Zaakira Muhammad finished first in the all-around with a career-high-matching 39.4 score … she also finished second on vault (9.85) and floor (9.9), third on beam (9.85) and a team-best seventh on bars (9.8 ) … junior Kirah Koshinski won floor with a season-best 9.925 and floor with a season-high matching 9.9 … junior Carly Galpin tied for first on beam with a career-best matching and season-high score of 9.875.

    Notes: WVU’s team total ranks No. 23 in program history, and its floor score ranks No. 14 … all six competing gymnasts scored 9.8 or better on floor, including a career-high 9.85 for sophomore Abby Kaufman and a season-best 9.8 for sophomore Chloe Cluchey … Cluchey also tallied a season-high 9.775 on bars, and Kaufman tallied a season-high 9.825 on beam … following the meet, WVU honored its three seniors – Muhammad, Robyn Bernard and Jordan Gillette … Sunday’s attendance record bested the program’s previous high of 3,492, set at the NCAA Southeast Regional on April 19, 1994.

    This Week in Track and Field: The Mountaineers travel to the Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championship, on Feb. 23-24, at the Lied Recreation Center in Ames, Iowa.

    Last Week in Track and Field: WVU earned three victories and nine top-five finishes at the Penn State Tune-Up in University Park, Pennsylvania, and the UCS Invitational in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on Jan. 17 … redshirt senior Amy Cashin won the women’s mile in 4:39.63 at the UCS Invitational, while freshman McKenna Smith won the women’s 200 and 400 meters at Penn State in 24.73 and 55.88, respectively.

    Notes: Cashin’s victory in the mile came against a competitive field of 43 runners, while Smith’s two wins marked the second consecutive weekend in which the freshman won multiple events at one meet … WVU enters the Big 12 meet with a student-athlete ranked in the conference’s top 10 in seven different events … Cashin tops the league in the women’s mile with a time of 4:36.89 (adjusted) … the Mountaineers had eight representatives in six events ranked in the Mid-Atlantic Regional’s top eight last week … additionally, redshirt junior Madelin Gardner ranked No. 8 nationally in the women’s pole vault last week with her season-best and school-record mark of 4.37 meters (14 feet, 4 inches) … the Mountaineers were slotted sixth in last week’s Mid-Atlantic Regional team rankings, presented by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) … WVU earned eight All-Big 12 honors at last year’s indoor meet en route to a 10th-place finish … the conference meet marks the seventh consecutive weekend competition for the Mountaineers.

    This Week in Wrestling: The Mountaineers (6-7, 4-4 Big 12) will take a week off from competition before heading to the 2018 Big 12 Championship on March 3-4 … the event will be held at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and will be streamed live via FloWrestling.

    Last Week in Wrestling: West Virginia closed its regular season with a 25-13 win over Clarion, on Sunday afternoon, at the WVU Coliseum in front of a program-record 4,517 fans … the Mountaineers won six of 10 matches to defeat the Golden Eagles, using back-to-back pins at 125 and 133 pounds … redshirt junior Zeke Moisey, ranked 14th nationally, earned his team-leading 20th win of the season, pinning Clarion’s Gavin Park in 2 minutes, 17 seconds at 125 pounds … redshirt freshman Matthew Schmitt followed Moisey’s lead in the 133-pound bout, taking down Roshaun Cooley in 4:31 for his third pin of the season … redshirt freshman Hunter Jones also picked up his first dual-match win of the season at 157 pounds, while true freshmen Nick Kiussis (165) and Brenden McRill (184) notched wins by decision in their respective weight classes … additionally, redshirt senior Jacob A. Smith (197) captured a bonus victory on his Senior Day.

    Notes: The second NCAA Division I Wrestling Coaches’ Panel Rankings and the first edition of the NCAA Division I Wrestling Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) were released by the NCAA on Feb. 8 … Moisey (125), Schmitt (133) and Smith (197) rank in the top 33 of the NCAA Coaches’ Panel Rankings … Moisey and Schmitt also check-in to the top-33 of the RPI rankings along with redshirt freshman Kyler Rea (149) and Kiussis (165) … wrestlers must have 17 matches against Division I opponents to be eligible for the RPI rankings … forfeits do not count toward that total … wrestlers in each weight class will be measured by winning percentage, rating percentage index (RPI) and coaches’ rankings to earn spots in their qualifying tournaments for the NCAA Championships … Moisey appears at No. 11 in the RPI and is ranked 16th overall in the coaches’ panel rankings at 125 pounds … Schmitt comes in at No. 19 in the RPI and is ranked at No. 30 at 133 pounds in the coaches’ panel, moving up two spots from his previous rank of No. 32 in the rankings released on Jan. 18 … Smith remains in the NCAA coaches’ panel rankings, checking in at No. 21 at 197 pounds … Rea checks in at No. 31 in the RPI rankings at 149 pounds, while Kiussis appears at No. 32 at 165 pounds … Moisey finished the regular season with a team-best 9-3 dual record, winning five of his last six matches … the 125-pounder also paced the Mountaineers with 41 match points and 28 takedowns on the year … of note, the Mountaineers’ six wins this season started with bonus victories from Moisey, including a trio of pins, a pair of tech. falls and one major decision.

    Coach Sammie Henson following Sunday’s win over Clarion: “This was a huge group effort. We have talked about this before, but this time, it was a total group effort. Our 157 pounder got a win for us. He got a win for himself and a win for George Washington High. It was pretty cool to see. He has been behind Zach Moore all year, and to have Hunter Jones go out there and get a win as a West Virginia native, we are proud of that. Of course, Jake [Smith] got a win on Senior Day. Parker [VonEgidy] wrestled hard in his match. Overall, I thought we dominated, and that’s what we needed to do going into Big 12s.”

    This Week in Rifle: The Mountaineers host the 2018 GARC Championships from Feb. 24-25, at the Bill McKenzie Rifle Range, in the WVU Shell Building … action begins at 7 a.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday … admission is free both days.

    Last Week in Rifle: WVU (13-0, 9-0 GARC) tallied a 4711 mark in an NCAA Qualifying match on Feb. 17, at the Bill McKenzie Rifle Range … the Mountaineers finished with scores of 2328 smallbore and 2383 air rifle … sophomore Morgan Phillips finished first in both disciplines, shooting a winning 586 smallbore and a career-high matching 597 air rifle … included in her smallbore showing was a program-record matching 199 kneeling.

    Notes: The Mountaineers’ qualifying score will be added to their NCAA Championships qualifying average and will factor into WVU’s NCAA Championships qualifying mark … the eight-team field for the 2018 NCAA National Championships will be revealed during the NCAA Selection Show on Feb. 21, at 5 p.m., on … senior Elizabeth Gratz was honored following Saturday’s match … five Mountaineers counted toward the team’s scores: Phillips, Gratz, junior Ginny Thrasher, sophomore Milica Babic and redshirt-freshman David Koenders.

    This Week in Swimming and Diving: The Mountaineers compete in the Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championship, from Feb. 21-24, at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center, in Austin, Texas.

    Last Week in Swimming and Diving: WVU was off last week.

    Notes: The Mountaineers are competing in their sixth Big 12 conference meet … last year, the men’s team earned a second-place finish, while the women placed fourth … WVU saw then-sophomore Jake Armstrong win the men’s 100 breaststroke at last year’s Big 12 meet, becoming the sixth men’s Big 12 champion and 10th overall at WVU … the Mountaineers broke nine WVU Natatorium records this season, including senior diver Logan McHenry’s school record on 3-meter (380.80), which was set at the Big 12 vs. Big East Week on Oct. 27 … the WVU men finished 5-0 in dual meets this season, including 1-0 in the Big 12, marking the program’s first undefeated dual-meet season since 2007 … the Mountaineer women finished 4-2 in dual meets this season, including a perfect 2-0 against conference foes … on Jan. 29, both teams were named CSCAA Scholar All-America teams … the women’s team was recognized for the 20th consecutive semester, while the men’s team earned the academic honor for the second straight fall semester … WVU last competed on Jan. 27, when the Mountaineers hosted Villanova and Iowa State at the WVU Natatorium … the WVU men’s team topped Villanova, 229-69, while the women defeated Iowa State, 160-140.

    This Week in Tennis: West Virginia (2-3, 0-0 Big 12) will return to Morgantown for two matches this weekend … WVU will face Buffalo on Saturday, Feb. 24, starting at noon, before taking on Towson on Sunday, Feb. 25, at 1 p.m. … both matches will take place at the Summit Tennis Academy, formerly known as the Ridgeview Racquet Club.

    Last Week in Tennis: The Mountaineers split a pair of matches in their first road trip of the season … on Friday, WVU powered its way to a 5-2 win over Akron at the LaTuchie Tennis Center, in Stow, Ohio … the Mountaineers picked up the advantage after winning the doubles point … WVU then won four of the six singles matches to give the squad the 5-2 win … WVU wrapped up the road swing with a neutral-site matchup against East Tennessee State on, on Saturday in Akron … the team found its self behind early after dropping the doubles point … the Bucs went on to collect five singles matches to win, 6-1.

    Notes: Senior Lyn Yuen Choo and freshman Giovanna Caputo lead the team with three singles wins on the season … each of the three doubles teams have won two matches apiece this season … Saturday’s matchup will mark the sixth all-time meeting between the Bulls and the Mountaineers, with WVU holding a 3-2 advantage … Towson and WVU will meet for just the second time on Sunday … West Virginia won the only previous meeting in 2015.

    This Week in Golf: West Virginia returns to Florida to compete in the Seminole Intercollegiate from Feb. 24-25 … Florida State will host the event at Golden Eagle Country Club in Tallahassee, Florida … it is WVU’s third straight year taking part in the tournament.

    Last Week in Golf: The Mountaineers claimed their second tournament title of the season and their first of the spring at the Martin Downs Collegiate on Tuesday in Palm City, Florida … sitting in fourth place after two rounds of play, WVU jumped three spots to top Seton Hall, Elon and UNCG … the Mountaineers shot 297-278-276=851, besting Seton Hall by two strokes (853). Host UNCG finished third at nine under (855) and Elon took fourth place at five-under par (859) … three WVU golfers finished in the top five … freshman Matthew Sharpstene set a new program record with a 64 in the final round for eight under par … he ended with a three-round score of 74-71-64=209 for seven under … freshman Mark Goetz and junior Max Sear tied for third place with scores of 210 for six-under par … Goetz finished one under on Tuesday, shooting 73-66-71 in the tournament … Sear shot even par in the final round, carding a 54-hole total of 70-68-72.

    Notes: Sharpstene set a program record with a 64 for eight under par during the final round of the Martin Downs Collegiate … he posted the lowest round of the tournament and shaved two strokes off the previous record, held by Max Sear and Avery Schneider amongst others … one day prior, Goetz tied the program record with a 66 in the second round of play … three true freshmen competed in the event for WVU, as Logan Perkins joined Goetz and Sharpstene … Perkins carded a 69 in the final round, meaning all three freshmen recorded at least one round of 69 or better … Sharpstene and Sear are currently tied for the team lead with scoring averages of 72.56 … Sharpstene has three top-20 finishes on the season in tournament play … Sear has four top-20 finishes in tournament action this year … the tournament title was WVU’s third since reinstatement in 2015 and the second of the season … the Mountaineers previously won the East Carolina Intercollegiate (April 2017) and the Janney VCU Shootout (Sept. 2017).

    WVU Coach Sean Covich Following Tuesday’s Martin Downs Collegiate win: “Great effort by all the guys this week, especially our freshmen. We put them in the lineup to see what they could do under pressure and they stepped up for us. They weren’t perfect by any means, but when we needed them, they came through. It was a great week by Max (Sear) as well. I can’t say just how proud I am of all our guys.”

    This Week in WVU Baseball: The second week of the season sends the Mountaineers to Conway, South Carolina, for the Brittain Resorts Invitational, hosted by Coastal Carolina, from Feb. 23-25 … after going 4-0 at the event last year, WVU will play VCU twice and Illinois and Coastal Carolina once … the weekend begins vs. VCU on Feb. 23, at 11 a.m. ET, before a doubleheader on Feb. 24, vs. Illinois at 11 a.m. and against VCU at 6 p.m. … WVU and CCU square off on Sunday, Feb. 25, at 2:30 p.m., to conclude the weekend.

    Last Week in WVU Baseball: West Virginia opened the season with a 1-2 weekend at Jacksonville … the Mountaineers opened the year with a 5-4 Opening Day win on Friday, Feb. 16, before a late rally came up short in a 7-4 loss on Saturday … the series concluded with a 2-1 loss on Sunday … West Virginia used a four-run fourth inning and a solo home run in the fifth to go along with 4.2 shutout innings from four relievers in the bullpen to secure Friday night’s win … senior right-hander Shane Ennis earned the win, allowing no runs on two hits in 2.1 innings, while sophomore righty Sam Kessler got the final two outs and picked up his first career save … sophomore catcher Chase Illig led WVU offensively with two hits, an RBI and two runs scored … on Saturday, the Mountaineers rallied with four runs in the final three innings, but it was not enough … WVU was held to one run on two hits in the first seven innings and trailed 7-1 before scoring three runs on five hits off of the Dolphins bullpen … WVU sent the tying run to the plate in the ninth, but a groundout ended the game … junior shortstop Jimmy Galusky hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning and had a team-high two RBIs, while sophomore designated hitter Marques Inman was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a walk, including a single in the fifth inning for WVU’s first hit of the game … West Virginia was held to one hit in Sunday’s loss, a home run by sophomore first baseman Kevin Brophy … the Mountaineer bullpen held JU to one run on three hits in the final 5.1 innings.

    Notes: WVU pitchers stranded at least eight JU runners on base in all three games … Ennis’s win on Friday improves his career record to 3-3 … Ennis made two appearances and allowed no runs on two hits in 3.2 innings pitched with two strikeouts and a walk … Illig hit his first home run of the season and fourth of his career on Friday … Sophomore designated hitter Alek Manoah singled in the fifth inning on Friday for his first career hit … Kessler’s two-out save on Friday was the first of his career … Four Mountaineers made their WVU debuts on Saturday: freshman infielder Tyler Doanes, junior right-hander Christian Young, sophomore lefty Nick Snyder and freshman righty Tristen Hudson … Hudson threw a perfect 1-2-3 inning on Saturday and retired both batters he faced on Sunday … Brophy’s home run on Sunday was the first of his career.

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