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    This Week in Women’s Basketball: West Virginia travels to Starkville, Mississippi, on Sunday, Dec. 8, for a matchup against No. 10/8 Mississippi State at Humphrey Coliseum … opening tip against the Bulldogs is set for 2 p.m. ET … the contest will be televised on the SEC Network, while a live broadcast of the game will be available on the Mountaineer Sports Network from Learfield IMG College … the game can be found on Jack-FM 100.9, as well as affiliates across the state, the TuneIn Radio App and WVUsports.com.

    Last Week in Women’s Basketball: WVU split a pair of contests at the 2019 Cancun Challenge at the Hard Rock Resort Riviera Maya in Cancun Mexico … West Virginia dropped its Thursday contest to Creighton, 82-75, but bounced back to defeat New Mexico, 73-60, on Friday … redshirt junior guard Kysre Gondrezick led the Mountaineers in scoring over two contests, averaging 14.5 points per game … redshirt senior guard Tynice Martin was second in scoring, with 13.0 points per game … freshman forward Esmery Martinez and redshirt freshman center Rochelle Norris tied for the team lead in rebounding, averaging 6.5 boards per game for the tournament … Gondrezick was the Mountaineers’ representative on the Cancun Challenge All-Tournament team.

    Notes: The Mountaineers are 0-1 all-time against Mississippi State, with the only meeting coming in 2014 … WVU lost to MSU, 74-61, at Humphrey Coliseum in Starkville … Gondrezick leads the Mountaineers in scoring, with 19.2 points per game, this season … Martinez is the team’s leading rebounder, with 8.2 boards per game … sophomore guard Madisen Smith is the team leader in assists, with 19.

    This Week in Volleyball: The Mountaineers ended their 2019 season with a 12-17 overall mark and a 3-13 record in Big 12 play.

    Last Week in Volleyball: West Virginia split a pair of conference matches last week … WVU suffered a 3-1 setback to No. 1 Baylor on Nov. 26, before bouncing back to claim a five-set victory over Kansas on Nov. 30, in the Mountaineers’ regular-season finale … WVU fell to BU in set scores of 30-32, 25-23, 25-22 and 25-17 … WVU topped KU in set scores of 20-25, 19-25, 25-22, 25-22 and 15-8.

    Notes: Tuesday’s match marked the third time this season West Virginia has faced the top-ranked team in the country … senior outside hitter Katelyn Evans collected her 1,000th career kill on Tuesday … West Virginia defeated Kansas at the WVU Coliseum for the first time in program history on Saturday … the Mountaineers have taken the Jayhawks to five sets in four of their last five matches … following the match, the Mountaineers honored their 2019 senior class: Evans, defensive specialist Gabrielle Cuckovich and right-side hitter Erin Slinde.

    This Week in Rifle: Junior Sarah Osborn, sophomore Jared Eddy and freshmen Malori Brown and Calista Smoyer of the No. 2-ranked West Virginia University rifle team will shoot at the 2019 Winter Airgun Championships/Air Rifle Olympic Trails, sponsored by USA Shooting, from Dec. 7-8, at the Olympic Training Center, in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

    Last Week in Rifle: The Mountaineers (7-0, 6-0 GARC) did not compete last week

    Notes: This weekend’s championship is the first of the trials’ two parts, as athletes face two straight days of competition, with finals set to take place on Sunday … West Virginia enters its spring slate with an undefeated mark … WVU finished the fall season with a 4712.71 team average, the best mark in the nation … the Mountaineers will resume action against the All-Japan University Team on Sunday, Jan. 12, in Tokyo, Japan.

    This Week in Swimming and Diving: Twenty-one members of the West Virginia University men’s and women’s swimming teams will represent the Mountaineers at USA Swimming’s Toyota U.S. Open Championships in Atlanta, Georgia, from Dec. 4-7 … action at the McAuley Aquatic Center is set to begin on Wednesday, with prelims tabbed for 10 a.m. ET and finals scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.

    Last Week in Swimming and Diving: The Mountaineers were off last week.

    Notes: The four-day long event gives athletes the chance to improve their times ahead of the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials … the nation’s top swimmers will be on hand in Atlanta this weekend … the McAuley Aquatic Center played host to the aquatic events of the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games … WVU last competed when the squad hosted the first-ever WVU Invitational at the Aquatic Center at Mylan Park, from Nov. 21-23 … the men grabbed a victory at the meet with 2,111 team points to top Kenyon College, who took second with 1,579 … the women finished in second place (1,410) behind William & Mary (1,615.5) … freshman Hunter Armstrong and junior David Dixon set new school records at the meet … Armstrong captured the 200-yard freestyle record with a time of 1:35.80, while Dixon broke the 200-yard butterfly record with a time of 1:41.59 … Dixon’s record time became the top time in the 200 fly in Division I men’s swimming as of Nov. 23.

    This Week in Wrestling: The Mountaineers open their home season with a pair of dual matches against No. 10 Pitt on Thursday, Dec. 5 and Buffalo on Sunday, Dec. 8, at the WVU Coliseum … Thursday’s match against the Panthers is set to begin at 7 p.m. … it is Dollar Night, with all tickets and select concessions available for $1 each … additionally, the team will hold a post-match autograph session on the concourse of the WVU Coliseum … the Mountaineers welcome the Bulls on Sunday at 1 p.m. … the match has been designated as Family Day at the WVU Coliseum … families can purchase four tickets and receive a $15 concession voucher for $25 … additionally, the match is Mountaineer Kids Club Day, with all members receiving a special giveaway item and food … the Mountaineers will sign autographs following the match.

    Last Week in Wrestling: West Virginia (0-2, 0-1 Big 12) was off last week.

    Notes: Redshirt sophomore Noah Adams leads the Mountaineers with a 10-0 record this season … sophomore Caleb Rea is second with an 8-3 mark, and freshman Scott Joll ranks third with a 7-3 clip … Thursday’s match marks the 65th edition of the Backyard Brawl … Pitt holds the series advantage 35-27-2 … WVU and Buffalo will meet for the fourth time on the mat this Sunday … the Mountaineer lead Buffalo, 3-0, in the series after earning a 19-13 win on Nov. 15, 2015.

    This Week in Track & Field: The Mountaineers open the 2019-20 indoor track and field season this weekend, as they host the annual Marty Pushkin Open on Saturday, Dec. 7 … action at the WVU Shell Building is set to begin with field events at 9 a.m. ET, followed by track events at 10 a.m. ET.

    Last Season in Track & Field: Madelin Gardner capped a successful college career in the women’s pole vault in 2018-19, as she qualified for the 2019 NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships … the Williamstown, West Virginia, native earned Second Team All-America honors at each meet, after finishing ninth in the pole vault … Gardner, Olivia Hill, Hayley Jackson and Shamoya McNeil qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary Round … WVU registered seven All-Big 12 indoor performances in four events, as well as five All-Big 12 outdoor performances in four events … the Mountaineers finished ninth as a team at both the Big 12 Indoor and Outdoor Championships … Gardner broke the school records in the indoor and outdoor pole vault … eighteen Mountaineers were named to the Academic All-Big 12 Team, including 15 first-team honorees.

    Notes: Saturday marks the start of the 43rd season of Mountaineer women’s track and field … WVU is set to welcome seven newcomers to the squad this season … thirty members of the team, including two seniors, return for the 2019-20 campaign … the Marty Pushkin Open marks the first of two home meets for the 2019-20 indoor season … WVU earned nine first-place finishes at the Marty Pushkin Track Classic last season, led by Gardner’s victory in the women’s pole vault.

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