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    This Week in Women’s Basketball: West Virginia travels to Charleston, West Virginia, on Sunday, Dec. 15, to square off against Norfolk State at the Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center … opening tip against the Spartans is set for 4 p.m. ET … 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 upset No. 10/8 Mississippi State, 71-65, at Humphrey Coliseum in Starkville, Mississippi, on Dec. 8, as a part of the 2019 Big 12/SEC Challenge … Sunday’s win against the Bulldogs marks the highest-ranked opponent the Mountaineers have defeated since March 6, 2017, when WVU knocked off the No. 2-ranked Baylor in the 2017 Big 12 Tournament Championship … it also marks the highest-ranked, non-conference opponent WVU has defeated in program history … freshman guard Kirsten Deans led the Mountaineers with a career-high 17 points and scored the game-winning 3-pointer with 1:45 left in the game … Deans also sank four free throws over the final 15 seconds of the game to secure the upset … sophomore forward Kari Niblack posted her first double-double of the season against Mississippi State, as she finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds … redshirt junior guard Kysre Gondrezick posted her seventh consecutive double-figure scoring performance against the Bulldogs, adding 16 points.

    Notes: West Virginia and Norfolk State are set to meet for the first time this Sunday … through seven games this season, Gondrezick leads the Mountaineers in scoring, averaging 18.7 points per game … she and redshirt senior guard Tynice Martin (12.4) are the only Mountaineers averaging double figures in scoring this season … freshman forward Esmery Martinez continues to lead WVU through six games, averaging 8.0 boards per game this season … Niblack (5.7) and redshirt junior center Blessing Ejiofor (5.6) are second and third on the team in rebounding … Niblack also leads the team in blocks, averaging 1.7 per game, while sophomore guard Madisen Smith leads the team in assists, averaging 3.3 per game … with the win against Mississippi State, coach Mike Carey now sits at 399 career wins at West Virginia and is one win away from 400 wins during his tenure in Morgantown.

    This Week in Rifle: The Mountaineers (7-0, 6-0 GARC) do not compete this week.

    Last Week in Rifle: Sophomore Jared Eddy and junior Sarah Osborn earned top-five finishes in the junior finals at the USA Shooting Winter Airgun Championships/Air Rifle Olympic Trials, held last weekend at the Olympic Training Center, in Colorado Springs, Colorado … Eddy shot 244.3 in the junior men’s 10m air rifle final and placed second, while Osborn finished third in the junior women’s 10m air rifle competition with a final score of 224.3 … Eddy finished 12th overall with a two-day score of 1243.0, and Osborn recorded a two-day total of 1241.4 to place 15th … freshmen Malori Brown and Calista Smoyer also participated in the women’s 10m air rifle competition, placing 50th (1226.9) and 64th (1220.1), respectively.

    Notes: Last weekend’s points will carry over to the second part of the Air Rifle Olympic Trials, which is set for Feb. 7-9, in Colorado, Springs, Colorado … No team spots were secured during the first stage of the Olympic Team Trials … 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: The Mountaineers are off this week … the squads return to competition on Saturday, Jan. 4, as rival Pitt visits Morgantown for the Backyard Brawl … action at the Aquatic Center at Mylan Park is tabbed for 11 a.m. ET.

    Last Week in Swimming and Diving: Twenty members of the WVU men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams competed at USA Swimming’s 2019 Toyota U.S. Open in Atlanta, Georgia, from Dec. 4-7 … on Thursday, freshman Hunter Armstrong finished second in the C final of the 50 freestyle in 22.82, and junior David Dixon earned an Olympic Trials Cut in the 200 individual medley in 2:03.96 … Armstrong then made a big name for himself on Friday, as the Dover, Ohio, native qualified for the A final of the 100 backstroke, placing fourth with a time of 54.74 and earning an Olympic Trials Cut for the event … action closed on Saturday, as Armstrong earned his third finals swim of the week in the 100 free … he finished in a tie for second place in the 18-and-under D final with a time of 50.70 … senior Trayton Saladin also qualified for the finals on Saturday … the Buchanan, Michigan, native finished eighth in the C final of the 200 back, touching the wall in 2:04.55.

    Notes: In all, two Mountaineers earned Olympic Trials Cuts last weekend, as Dixon qualified in the 200 IM, and Armstrong qualified in the 100 back … Armstrong’s fourth-place finish in the A final of the 100 back was the top finish of any collegiate swimmer in the event … seniors Jack Frazier, Austin Hartke, Sam Neaveill, Jack Portmann and Trayton Saladin, juniors David Dixon, Max Gustafson, Denys Kostromin, Christopher O’Shea, Angelo Russo and Ryen Van Wyk, sophomore Josh Harlan and freshmen Hunter Armstrong and Conrad Molinaro represented the men’s team at the event … on the women’s side, seniors Morgan Bullock, Julia Nilton and Alex Pampalone, junior Ally VanNetta and freshmen Emily Haimes and Mathilde Kaelbel also competed at the four-day meet.

    This Week in Wrestling: West Virginia (0-4, 0-1 Big 12) is off this week … the Mountaineers return to the mat on Sunday, Dec. 20, as the squad takes on Ohio at Parkersburg High’s Memorial Fieldhouse in Parkersburg, West Virginia … the match is set to begin at 7 p.m. ET.

    Last Week in Wrestling: WVU dropped a pair of matches last week, as the Mountaineers fell to No. 10 Pitt, 29-6, on Thursday, Dec. 5, and Buffalo, 24-11, on Sunday, Dec. 8 … redshirt sophomore Noah Adams and senior Brandon Ngati picked up wins in the 65th edition of the Backyard Brawl … Adams earned his second win over a ranked opponent this season with an 8-6 decision over No. -/25/- at 197, and Ngati topped Pitt’s Cole Rickert at 285 … WVU closed the homestand on Sunday against Buffalo … redshirt sophomore Joey Thomas and sophomore Jackson Moomau registered their first dual wins of the season against the Bulls, while Adams and Ngati each picked up a decision to keep their winning streaks alive … Thomas gave WVU a 3-0 lead after he earned an 8-1 decision over Buffalo’s Jordan Reyes at 125 … West Virginia ended the match strong, as the Mountaineers earned wins at 184, 197 and 285 … Moomau used a late takedown to earn his first career dual match victory with a 5-3 decision over Pete Acciardi, before Adams topped his second consecutive ranked opponent and his third of the season after earning a 10-3 decision over No. -/20/11 Sam Schuyler … Ngati continued his own winning streak with a hard-fought, 2-0 decision over UB’s Nolan Terrance.

    Notes: With a pair of wins over ranked opponents last week, Adams has a 12-0 record to start the 2019 campaign … Ngati leads the squad with six decisions this season … sophomore Caleb Rea is second with an 8-3 record.

    This Week in Track and Field: The Mountaineers are off this week … the squad returns to competition on Friday, Jan. 10, as it hosts the WVU Invitational … action at the WVU Shell Building is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. ET.

    Last Week in Track and Field: West Virginia hosted the Marty Pushkin Open on Saturday, Dec. 7, to begin the 2019-20 indoor campaign … the Mountaineers collected nine total victories at the annual meet … redshirt sophomore Tessa Constantine grabbed WVU’s first victory of the day in the 500-meter run (1:19.94), followed by redshirt freshman Amber Dombrowski’s win in the 400-meter dash (1:02.14) … in the mile, sophomore Linda Jebet registered a win with a time of 5:42.23 … freshman Michaela Rose next recorded two victories … Rose’s first win came in the 60-meter dash (7.93) and second was in the 200 meters (26.64) … the team of Dombrowski, Constantine, Rose and freshman Erica Hegele grabbed the final win on the track in the 4×400-meter relay (4:10.87) … in field events, sophomore Sada Wright led the way with a win in the women’s weight throw with a mark of 16.50 meters … finally, sophomore Myesha Nott was victorious in the long jump (5.18 meters), and junior Ellie Gardner finished first in the pole vault (3.78 meters).

    Notes: Wright’s mark of 16.50 meters in the weight throw is the third-best distance in the event in program history … WVU was joined at the meet by Alderson Broaddus, the Fairmont State Track Club, Frostburg State, Waynesburg, West Liberty and the WVU Track Club … the Marty Pushkin Open is named in honor of Dr. Martin Pushkin, who served as the WVU cross country and track and field coach for more than two decades.

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