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    This Week in Women’s Basketball: West Virginia will find out its postseason fate on Monday evening as part of Selection Monday… the NCAA bracket will be revealed on ESPN starting at 7 p.m. while the WNIT bracket will be released following the conclusion of the show.

    Last Week in Women’s Basketball: WVU did not compete last week.

    Notes: WVU is expected to make its 15th consecutive postseason appearance… the Mountaineers have made the postseason 17 times previously with 14 appearances coming during coach Mike Carey’s tenure… West Virginia has made the NCAA tournament on 12 occasions, most recently in 2017… the Mountaineers have played in the WNIT five times, reaching the semifinals last season… West Virginia has made the WNIT Championship game twice.

    This Week in Gymnastics: The Mountaineers compete at the 2019 Big 12 Gymnastics Championship on Saturday, March 23, at 2 p.m. EST, at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Oklahoma … the meet will be broadcast on ESPNU.

    Last Week in Gymnastics: WVU capped its regular season with a 3-2 showing, finishing third at No. 21 Arizona State on March 13 with a 195.75 score and sweeping its home finale at the WVU Coliseum on March 17 with a season-best 196.425 … on Wednesday, the Sun Devils finished first (196.55) and No. 14 BYU placed second (195.825) … on Sunday, No. 24 Penn State finished second (195.525), NC State placed third (195.3) and No. 22 Ohio State finished fourth (194.925) … senior Kirah Koshinski earned five podium finishes, winning vault outright in both meets with a 9.925 score … she also tied for the floor win on both days with 9.9s … senior Jaquie Tun won balance beam Sunday with a career-high 9.9 and also finished first in the all-around with a career-best 39.425 … Koshinski and senior Carly Galpin paced WVU on beam on Wednesday with third place, 9.85 scores … Tun paced WVU on uneven bars Wednesday and finished fourth overall with a 9.85 … freshman Esperanza Abarca paced WVU on bars Sunday and finished sixth with a 9.8 … junior Abby Kaufman finished third in the all-around Wednesday with a 39.15 showing.

    Notes: WVU matched the second-best balance beam score in program history with a season-high 49.3 showing on Sunday, also a program record inside the WVU Coliseum … Koshinski set the program record for career vault scores of 9.9 or better (25) and career floor scores of 9.9 or better (22) … Galpin and freshman Rachel Hornung also scored career highs of 9.875 on beam on Sunday and tied for third place … WVU’s total score Sunday matched the 15th-best mark in program history.

    This Week in Track & Field: The Mountaineers host the West Virginia Open, on Saturday, March 23, at the Track and Field Complex at Mylan Park, in Morgantown.

    Last Week in Track & Field: West Virginia earned a total of 11 top-10 finishes, including two wins, at the outdoor season-opening 49er Classic, from March 15-16, in Charlotte, North Carolina … redshirt freshman Hayley Jackson won the women’s 1,500 meters with a time of 4:23.15, while redshirt senior Shamoya McNeil was victorious in the women’s triple jump with a mark of 12.74 meters (41 feet, 9.75 inches) … additionally, redshirt junior Faith Penny tied for second in the women’s high jump invite with a mark of 1.68 meters (5 feet, 6 inches), while freshman Julia Brundin placed second in the women’s pole vault (unseeded) with a mark of 3.20 meters (10 feet, 6 inches) … other highlights included redshirt junior Candace Jones’ fourth-place finish in the women’s 3,000 meters (10:02.38) and redshirt senior Bria Welker’s fourth-place finish in the women’s 400 meters (56.50).

    Notes: Saturday’s meet marks WVU’s first outdoor home meet since 2003 … it also marks the first competition at the Track and Field Complex at Mylan Park, which celebrated its grand opening in October … the meet is the first of three home events at WVU this season … Jackson enters the week ranked No. 1 nationally in the women’s 1,500 meters … McNeil ranks No. 6 nationally in the women’s triple jump … the Mountaineers opened their outdoor season in Charlotte for the third consecutive year … WVU was one of more than 50 teams at the meet.

    This Week in Wrestling: Five Mountaineers will compete at the 2019 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships from March 21-23, at PPG Paints Arena, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania … redshirt senior Christian Monserrat, junior Brandon Ngati, redshirt sophomore Matthew Schmitt and redshirt freshman Noah Adams each earned automatic bids based on their performances at the 2019 Big 12 Wrestling Championship earlier this month, while sophomore Nick Kiussis received an at-large selection to punch his ticket … the three-day event will start Thursday at Noon ET, with pigtails and the first round of championship competition (Session I) … wrestle-backs and the championship second round (Session II) will take place at 7 p.m. ET … quarterfinals and the second and third round of wrestle-backs (Session III) will begin at 11 a.m. ET on Friday, followed by semifinals and fourth round wrestle-backs (Session IV) at 8 p.m. ET that evening … medal rounds (Session V) will take place at 11 a.m. ET on Saturday, with the championship finals (Session VI) set for 7 p.m. ET Saturday night … early sessions will be broadcasted on ESPNU, while second round and semifinal matches will be shown live on ESPN …. Saturday’s championship finals also will be broadcasted on ESPN … live stats for all matches are available on TrackWrestling … additionally, all matches will be shown on ESPN3 via the WatchESPN app.

    Last Week in Wrestling: WVU did not compete last week.

    Notes: The brackets and seeding for the three-day tournament were announced by the NCAA on March 13 … five Mountaineers rank in the top 33 of their respective weights in the most recent NCAA Coaches’ Panel Rankings, released on March 14 … Schmitt moves up one spot to No. 15 at 133 pounds … Monserrat checks in at No. 18 in his weight class of 149 pounds, while Adams moves up five spots to No. 21 at 197 pounds … Kiussis and Ngati round out the Mountaineers in the coaches’ panel rankings, coming in at No. 31 in the 165 and 285-pound division, respectively … additionally, Schmitt, Monserrat, Kiussis and Adams each appear in the RPI rankings … Adams is the highest-ranked Mountaineer at No. 17 at 197 pounds, while Schmitt appears at No. 18 in his respective weight class of 133 pounds … Monserrat sits at No. 20 in the 149-pound division, and Kiussis comes in at No. 30 at 165 pounds.

    This Week in Swimming & Diving: Junior Morgan Bullock competes at the NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships, from March 21-23, in Austin, Texas.

    Last Week in Swimming & Diving: Nine Mountaineer divers competed at the NCAA Zone A Diving Championships, from March 11-13, in Annapolis, Maryland … freshman PJ Lenz earned trips to the finals in all three events, posting a seventh-place finish on platform, 13th-place finish on 1-meter and 16th-place finish on 3-meter … senior Averly Hobbs, redshirt freshman Jacob Cardinal Tremblay and freshman Nick Cover earned a pair of finals appearances at the three-day meet.

    Notes: Bullock is set to compete in the second NCAA Championships of her career … the 2018 honorable mention All-American qualified No. 24 in the 200 butterfly with a top time of 1:55.25 … the Zeeland, Michigan, native also will compete in the 100 butterfly and 200 individual medley at the national meet … Bullock is WVU’s first woman to qualify for back-to-back NCAA Championships since Rachael Burnett and Mandie Nugent in 2013 … on the men’s side, senior Jake Armstrong and sophomore David Dixon were invited to the NCAA Men’s Championships, which will be held from March 28-30, in Austin … Armstrong qualified No. 25 in the 100 breaststroke, while Dixon qualified No. 28 in the 200 butterfly.

    This Week in Rowing: The Mountaineers open their spring season on Sunday, March 24, at the Cooper Sprints, hosted by Bucknell … Sunday’s race will be held on the Cooper River, in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

    Last Fall in Rowing: West Virginia last competed in Morgantown, West Virginia, on Nov. 9, when it hosted Duquesne on the Monongahela River for a team scrimmage … WVU competed in four events last fall … the varsity squad opened the fall season in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with a scrimmage against Robert Morris and host Duquesne … the varsity squad also competed in the 48th annual Head of the Schuylkill on Oct. 27, claiming three top-15 finishes and one top-five finish … twenty-two members of WVU’s novice squad made their Mountaineer debut on Nov. 3 at the Head of the Occoquan in Fairfax Station, Virginia … the novice squad secured two top-three finishes for the Mountaineers.

    Notes: This year marks the 19th season for the West Virginia University rowing team … head coach Jimmy King enters his 11th season at the helm for WVU … West Virginia returns 26 student-athletes from last year’s roster, including 2018 All-Big 12 First Team honoree Carly Ledbetter … the Mountaineers will compete in six races this spring, including the 2019 Big 12 Championship … WVU will host one home event, the Blue & Gold Regatta, on Friday, April 19.

    This Week in Tennis: WVU (8-5, 0-3 Big 12) returns to Morgantown to host a pair of Big 12 matches against Oklahoma and Oklahoma State … Friday’s contest against Oklahoma is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. ET … Sunday’s action Oklahoma State will begin at 10 a.m. ET from March 22-24.

    Last Week in Tennis: The Mountaineers fell to by No. 25 Texas Tech, 6-1, and TCU, 4-0, last week … freshman Nicole Roc, senior Abigail Rosiello and sophomore Anne-Sophie Courteau each gathered one win last week.

    Notes: West Virginia owns a 119-112 record against 2019 opponents but has yet to record a win against Oklahoma and Oklahoma State … in last year’s regular-season contests, WVU lost to then-No. 50-ranked Oklahoma, 4-2, and then-No. 19-ranked Oklahoma State, 4-1, on the road … Oklahoma is ranked No. 30 and Oklahoma State is ranked No. 11 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA)/Oracle team rankings … Courteau leads the team with an 17-7 record (9-4 in singles, 8-3 in doubles) … freshman Anastasiia Bovolskaia is second on the team with a 13-10 record (8-4 in singles, 5-6 in doubles).

    This Week in Golf: West Virginia travels to Charleston, South Carolina, to compete in The Hootie at Bulls Bay … the University of South Carolina, along with the band Hootie and the Blowfish, will host the event at Bulls Bay Golf Club in Awendaw, South Carolina … the tournament will run Sunday through Tuesday on the par-72, 7,268-yard course.

    Last Week in Golf: The Mountaineers were off last week.

    Notes: Senior Max Sear, sophomore Matthew Sharpstene, junior Etienne Papineau, sophomore Logan Perkins and freshman Kurtis Grant will represent West Virginia at the event … it marks the team’s first appearance at The Hootie at Bulls Bay … Sear leads the team with a 70.50 scoring average, ranking at No. 82 in the nation with one tournament win this season … Sharpstene is second on the team with a scoring average of 70.89 with a season-low round of 65 … Papineau boasts a 72.06 scoring average.

    This Week in Baseball: WVU returns home to host Youngstown State on Tuesday, March 19, at 3 p.m. ET, at Monongalia County Ballpark, before Big 12 Conference play begins this weekend at Baylor … the series in Waco, Texas, begins on Friday, March 22, a 7:35 p.m. ET, in a contest broadcast on FOX College Sports … first pitch on Saturday at Baylor Ballpark is at 4:05 p.m. ET, on FOX Sports Southwest, while the series concludes on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. ET, also on FSSW … tickets to Tuesday’s home contest against the Penguins are available at WVUGAME.com, by calling 1-800-WVU GAME, at the Mountaineer Ticket Office at the WVU Coliseum or on game day at Monongalia County Ballpark.

    Last Week in Baseball: For the only scheduled time this season, West Virginia played five games last week, with a midweek, two-game split at Morehead State and a series win at William & Mary … West Virginia won the opener at MSU, 9-3 on March 12, to extend its win streak to five games and hand the Eagles their first home loss in seven games … every starter had at least one hit as junior left-hander Nick Snyder struck out a career-best 10 batters in a career-long 6.0 innings … West Virginia’s offensive attack was fueled by three home runs, two doubles, six stolen bases and five walks … the next day, WVU jumped out to an early 4-0 lead, but the Eagles responded with a five-run second inning and added three more in the third to earn a 9-6 win … the Mountaineers hit two home runs in the loss … West Virginia rebounded with a 9-1 win on March 16 to open the series at William & Mary … all but one Mountaineer starter had a hit and the pitching staff, led by junior righty Alek Manoah, held W&M to one unearned run on five hits … in 7.0 innings, Manoah allowed one unearned run on four hits with nine strikeouts and three walks … WVU added a pair of home runs in the victory, including one by senior right fielder Darius Hill as part of a three-hit, three-RBI day … WVU split the doubleheader against the Tribe with a 6-4 loss in the second game on March 16 … the Mountaineers took a 2-0 lead in the first inning and led 4-1 in the middle of the sixth, but the Tribe rallied with two runs in the bottom of the sixth, two in the seventh and added another in the eighth … West Virginia won the series with a 12-2 victory on March 17 behind a season-high 12 runs and another strong start on the mound … junior right-hander Kade Strowd held William & Mary scoreless on just one hit in the first six innings … in 7.0 innings, Strowd gave up two runs on three hits with eight strikeouts and four walks … WVU scored double-digit runs for the first time this season and had 10 or more hits for the third consecutive game and the fifth time in the last seven contests, as nine Mountaineers, and all but one starter, had at least one hit, nine scored at least one run and six had one or more RBIs … West Virginia again hit two home runs, led by a three-run shot by junior first baseman Kevin Brophy as part of a four-RBI day.

    Notes: West Virginia is 12-7 on the season, 5-0 at home and has won seven of its last nine games … coach Randy Mazey won his 200th game as a Mountaineer on March 16 and is 201-161 in seven years at WVU … Mazey is the fifth-winningest coach in program history and is three wins shy of tying Ira Errett Rodgers (204-209-4 from 1921-42, 1946) for fourth place on the all-time list, with 204 victories … West Virginia played its fourth doubleheader in the first five weeks of the season, none of them scheduled twin bills … the Mountaineers have scored first 14 times in 19 games this season and have scored in the first inning eighth times … Nick Snyder (2-1), Alek Manoah (3-1) and Kade Strowd (2-1) all registered wins and had quality starts last week, as Manoah’s was his fourth in five starts, Strowd’s was his third and Snyder’s was the first of his career … WVU homered in every game last week, including a season-high three at Morehead State on March 12 … junior Kevin Brophy and sophomore Paul McIntosh both homered twice and have a team-high-tying four this season, while senior Darius Hill hit two home runs and has three on the year … TJ Lake hit his first career home run on March 16.

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