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    This Week in Women’s Basketball: West Virginia will host Northwestern in the third round of the WNIT on Wednesday … tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at the WVU Coliseum … tickets are $6 if purchased in advance at WVUGAME.com … at the WVU Coliseum ticket window on Wednesday, tickets will be $8 for adults, while youth tickets are $6 … Carey’s Crew and Mountaineer Kids Club members receive free admission courtesy of United Bank, while WVU students also are free … a valid WVU student ID, Carey’s Crew or MKC membership card must be shown to receive the free ticket … a discounted group rate of $4 is available but must be purchased in advance.

    Last Week in Women’s Basketball: The Mountaineers (22-10) went 2-0 in the first and second rounds of the 2019 Postseason WNIT … on Thursday, West Virginia picked up a 40-point victory over Rider in the first round of the WNIT… senior guard/forward Naomi Davenport and redshirt junior guard Tynice Martin each had a team-high 23 points to lead WVU to an 83-43 win over the Broncs … Davenport also had 15 points for a double-double … freshman forward Kari Niblack had a career-high 20 points and hauled in 13 rebounds for a double-double … on Sunday the Mountaineers downed Villanova, 64-57, at the WVU Coliseum in the WNIT second round … Davenport again led the way, netting 25 points … Martin again had 23 points, just missing a double-double with nine boards … Niblack contributed her second double-double with 16 rebounds and 13 points.

    Notes: Martin, Davenport and Niblack each had a 20-point effort in Thursday’s win over Rider … it marked the first time since 2016 three Mountaineers have scored 20 points in the same game … Niblack’s 20 points were a career high, topping her previous career best of 19 against Towson … Davenport had 23 points and 15 rebounds for a double-double … she leads the team with eight double-doubles on the season, including one triple-double … Niblack registered her third double-double of the season with 20 points and 13 rebounds … the Mountaineers’ 61 rebounds were a season high … Niblack added another double-double – her fourth of the season – with 16 rebounds and 13 points on Sunday against Villanova … her 16 rebounds were a career high, surpassing her previous high of 14 against Niagara … the 2019 season marks the fourth time WVU has won at least two games in the WNIT.

    This Week in Gymnastics: The Mountaineers do not compete this week … mathematically locked for the 2019 NCAA Regional Championships, WVU will learn its competition site and seed this afternoon when the NCAA Selection show airs at 5 p.m. ET at NCAA.com.

    Last Week in Gymnastics: WVU (19-12, 0-7) hit 24-for-24 and finished fourth at the 2019 Big 12 Gymnastics Championship on March 23 with a 195.6 score at the University of Oklahoma’s Lloyd Noble Center … WVU finished as high as third on vault (49.05) and floor exercise (48.975) and fourth on uneven bars (48.875) and balance beam (48.7) … senior Kirah Koshinski finished a team-best fourth on vault with a 9.9 score … she and classmate Jaquie Tun tied for fifth on floor exercise with 9.85s … Tun also finished fifth in the all-around with a 39.275 total and paced WVU on balance beam with a 9.8, good for 10th place … Tun and freshman Esperanza Abarca paced WVU on bars and finished 14th overall with 9.825s.

    Notes: On Saturday, sophomore Michelle Waldron matched her vault career high of 9.8 … prior to the championship, Koshinski was named to the 2019 All-Big 12 Vault Team, her third career honor and first since 2017 … Koshinski now shows 48 career scores of 9.9 or better and sits tied with TeShawne Jackson (2000-03) at No. 1 in program history … WVU’s regional bid will be its 40th in program history and 36th in NCAA competition.

    This Week in Track & Field: The Mountaineers split for three meets this weekend … WVU competes at the Stanford Invitational, in Stanford, California, the Raleigh Relays, in Raleigh, North Carolina, and the Texas Relays, in Austin, Texas, from March 29-30.

    Last Week in Track & Field: West Virginia competed for the first time at The Track & Field Complex in Mylan Park, at the West Virginia Open, on March 23, marking the program’s first outdoor home meet since 2009 … the Mountaineers earned nine wins at the meet, led by redshirt senior Bria Welker’s two victories in the 200 meters (25.92) and 400 meters (56.70) … freshman Peter-Gay McKenzie won the 100 meters in 12.46, while freshman Margaret Rymer placed first in the 400-meter hurdles in 1:06.40 … in the 1,500-meter steeplechase, redshirt freshman Katherine Dowie won with a time of 5:06.26 … redshirt Hayley Jackson also earned a win on the track, finishing first in the 800 meters in 2:10.15 … in the field, freshman Sada Wright won the discus throw with a top mark of 42.22 meters (138 feet, 6 inches), while redshirt senior Shamoya McNeil won the long jump with a mark of 5.69 meters (18 feet, 8 inches) … redshirt senior Madelin Gardner topped the field in the pole vault, jumping 4.02 meters (13 feet, 2.25 inches).

    Notes: This weekend marks the third consecutive season the Mountaineers will compete at the Raleigh Relays … WVU also has competed at the Stanford Invitational for more than 10 consecutive seasons … West Virginia last competed at the Texas Relays in 2016 … the Mountaineers will get a first look at the site for the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Championships, which commence June 5-8, in Austin … Jackson, who was named the Big 12 Women’s Track and Field Athlete of the Week on March 20, enters the week ranked No. 3 nationally in the 1,500 meters (4:23.15) … McNeil is tied for No. 16 in the country in the triple jump (12.74 meters – 41 feet, 9.75 inches) and Gardner sits No. 24 nationally in the pole vault (4.02 meters – 13 feet, 2.25 inches) … Wright’s mark in the discus throw at the West Virginia Open was good for fifth-best in program history … last weekend’s meet marked the first of three outdoor home meets for the Mountaineers this season.

    This Week in Wrestling: The Mountaineers have concluded their 2018-19 season.

    Last Week in Wrestling: For the first time since 2014, five Mountaineers competed at the 2019 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, at PPG Paints Arena, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, last week … West Virginia finished in 43rd place overall with 4.5 team points … four of the five Mountaineer grapplers advanced to the second day of the tournament with first-round wins in their respective consolation brackets on Thursday … however, the Mountaineers could not maneuver their way through consolations, falling in the second round of wrestle-backs on Friday morning.

    Notes: Redshirt senior Christian Monserrat (149), junior Brandon Ngati (HWT), redshirt sophomore Matthew Schmitt (133) and redshirt freshman Noah Adams (197) each earned automatic bids to the national tournament based on their performances at the 2019 Big 12 Wrestling Championship earlier this month, while sophomore Nick Kiussis (165) received an at-large selection to punch his ticket … Monserrat’s weekend was highlight by a 7-3 decision over Malik Amine of Michigan in the first round of wrestle-backs, as he picked up his 70th career victory in a Mountaineer singlet … the Methuen, Massachusetts, native ended his final season with a team-best 24 wins and is 70-43 in his five-year career at WVU … Schmitt, a two-time NCAA qualifier, ended his second season in a Mountaineer singlet with an 18-8 overall mark and holds a 3-4 record at the national tournament.

    This Week in Swimming & Diving: Senior Jake Armstrong and sophomore David Dixon compete at the 2019 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships, from March 28-30, at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center, in Austin, Texas.

    Last Week in Swimming & Diving: Junior Morgan Bullock competed at the 2019 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships, from March 21-23, in Austin … Bullock earned a 29th-place finish in the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:56.37 … additionally, the Zeeland, Michigan, native also swam in the 200 individual medley, finishing 54th with a time of 1:59.92, and the 100 butterfly (57th – 54.86).

    Notes: The two Mountaineer men are making their second career appearances at the NCAA Championships … Armstrong qualified No. 25 in the 100 breaststroke, while Dixon earned a bid after qualifying No. 28 in the 200 butterfly … Dixon also will swim in the 100 butterfly and 200 individual medley at the meet … Armstrong earned honorable mention All-America status at the NCAA meet last season after placing 14th in the 100 breast with a time of 52.69 … it was WVU’s first men’s All-America performance since Bryce Bohman in 2014 … Dixon is coming off a Big 12 Championship meet, where he won two individual conference titles … he won gold in the 100 fly with a time of 46.73 and the 200 fly in a school-record 1:42.15 … Dixon became WVU’s first two-time champion in the same season since Tim Squires in 2014 … Bullock became the first Mountaineer woman to compete at back-to-back national meets since Rachael Burnett and Mandie Nugent in 2013.

    This Week in Rowing: West Virginia travels to Fairfax Station, Virginia, on Sunday, March 31, to compete at the Occoquan Sprints … a schedule of Sunday’s events will be released later this week … all of Sunday’s races will take place on the Occoquan Reservoir.

    Last Week in Rowing: The Mountaineers traveled to Cherry Hill, New Jersey, to compete at the Cooper Sprints, hosted by Bucknell … all races took place on the Cooper River … WVU’s best performance of the day came from the second varsity four boat, who placed fourth (8:27.05) to advance to the petite final … in the final, West Virginia placed third out of six teams, behind Boston College and SMU, crossing the finish line in 8:27.32.

    Notes: WVU competed at the Cooper Sprints for the second consecutive season … the third-place finish by the second varsity four boat was the best finish at the Cooper Sprints since last season, when WVU placed second in the first varsity eight petite final … the Mountaineers also opened last year’s season at the Cooper Sprints … West Virginia travels to compete at the Occoquan Sprints for the first time since 2012 … WVU last competed on the Occoquan Reservoir in the fall, when the novice squad competed at the Head of the Occoquan on Nov. 3.

    This Week in Tennis: WVU (8-7, 0-5 Big 12) hosts a nonconference double-header against California (Pa.) and Towson on Saturday, March 30, in Morgantown … Saturday’s first match will begin at 9 a.m., when WVU squares off with the Vulcans … the second match of the day is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. following the conclusion of the first match.

    Last Week in Tennis: The Mountaineers fell to No. 30 Oklahoma, 5-2, and No. 8 Oklahoma State, 6-1, in Morgantown … junior Sofia Duran and freshmen Anastasiia Bovolskaia and Nicole Roc each tallied a win on the weekend.

    Notes: West Virginia owns a 119-114 record against 2019 opponents, including a 10-2 record against California (Pa.) and a 2-0 record against Towson … WVU last competed against the Vulcans in 2015, earning a 4-0 win in Morgantown … in last year’s reular-season contest, the Mountaineers defeated Towson, 5-2, at home … California (Pa.) owns a 4-3 record, while Towson is 4-10 (1-1 CAA) on the season … sophomore Anne-Sophie Courteau (9-5) and Bovolskaia (9-5) are tied for the team lead in singles wins … Courteau leads the team with an 8-5 doubles record and an overall record of 17-10.

    This Week in Golf: West Virginia continues play at The Hootie Intercollegiate at Bull’s Bay … South Carolina is hosting the event at Bull’s Bay Golf Club in Awendaw, South Carolina … golfers will play one round on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday in tee times starting off holes No. 1 and 10 … WVU carded a team score of 287 in the first round and sits eight strokes back from the lead … the Mountaineers are in a three-way tie with Duke and Iowa State for eighth place … sophomore Matthew Sharpstene leads the way for the Mountaineers … he is tied for fifth place with a three-under-par 69 in the opening round.

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

    Notes: No. 41 Mountaineers are joined by Big 12 foes No. 36 Kansas State and No. 38 Iowa State in the event … in addition to the No. 20 Gamecocks, No. 4 Duke, No. 27 NC State, No. 48 Ole Miss, Purdue, Virginia, the College of Charleston, Kentucky, Missouri, Kent State and Wisconsin make up the field … senior Max Sear, Sharpstene, junior Etienne Papineau, sophomore Logan Perkins and freshman Kurtis Grant are representing West Virginia at the event … Sear, Sharpstene and Papineau will each appear in their sixth event of the season … Sear leads the squad with a 70.50 scoring average this season to go with a trio of top-20 finishes … Sharpstene is second at 70.89, boasting four top-20 finishes on his resume while Papineau has a 72.06 stroke average.

    This Week in Baseball: The Mountaineers face in-state foe Marshall before continuing Big 12 play with a series against Oklahoma this weekend … WVU and Marshall square off on Wednesday, March 27, at 6 p.m. ET, at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, West Virginia … tickets for the contest in the Capital City, which is Marshall’s home game, are available at HerdZone.com … West Virginia then returns home to host Oklahoma, from March 29-31, at Monongalia County Ballpark … the series begins on Friday, at 6:30 p.m., while Saturday’s first pitch is set for 4 p.m. … the series concludes on Sunday at 1 p.m. … tickets 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 … Friday is the season’s first Friday Night Happy Hour, with half-off beverages available from 5:30-6:30 p.m., and all fans can play Baseball Bingo to win prizes … Saturday is Family Day, where fans can purchase four tickets and receive a $10 concession voucher for just $25 … Saturday also is a beanie giveaway to the first 1,000 fans, courtesy of the WV Lottery … the weekend concludes on Sunday with the first of four trading card giveaways, courtesy of United Bank, to the first 250 kids, 16 and under … Sunday also is Kids Day, presented by WVU Medicine, which features a Kids Zone, inflatables and Mr. Twister’s Balloon Art and Face Painting, and kids can run the bases after the game.

    Last Week in Baseball: WVU went 1-3 last week, with a 14-1 win against Youngstown State on March 19, before an 0-3 weekend at Baylor to open Big 12 Conference play … WVU benefited from a six-run second inning as eight players had at least one hit and seven drove in one or more run in the win … eight of WVU’s 14 runs came with two outs … Nick Snyder and five relievers combined to hold the Penguins to one run on six hits … Tevin Tucker led WVU with a career-best four RBIs and hit his first career home run … West Virginia opened Big 12 action with a 6-5 loss at Baylor on March 22 … the Mountaineers scored two in the first inning and regained a 5-3 lead in the fifth, but the Bears rallied with single runs in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings to win it … Marques Inman drove in all five runs, all with two outs, as he had a career-best five RBIs on three hits … WVU was held to three hits the next day, in a 12-0 loss … BU took a 2-0 lead in the second inning and added seven in the fourth and three in the eighth … West Virginia lost the finale, 10-4 in eight innings, on Sunday … the Mountaineers took a 3-0 lead in the first inning and led 4-1 after six, but the Bears rallied with six runs in the seventh and three in the eighth … Paul McIntosh led the team with two hits and homered in the sixth inning.

    Notes: West Virginia is 12-7 on the season, 6-0 at home and 0-3 in Big 12 play … senior Darius Hill was named one of 30 candidates for the 2019 Senior CLASS Award, announced on March 22 … Hill is recognized for excellence both on and off the field and is one of three Big 12 Conference student-athletes honored, the most of any conference … WVU had won eight of its last 10 games prior to its series loss at Baylor … WVU is 12-5 when scoring first and 6-5 when scoring in the first inning … West Virginia leads the all-time series against Marshall, 46-24, and has won five in a row in the series, seven of the last eight and 16 of the last 19 … Nick Snyder earned his team-high-tying third win in Tuesday’s win against Youngstown State and is 3-1 on the season … Tevin Tucker hit his first career home run in the win over YSU … Phillip Dull had a fifth-inning RBI single against Youngstown State for his first career RBI, and he added his first career start on Sunday at Baylor, starting in center field … Marques Inman had a career-best five RBIs in Friday’s loss at Baylor, with his fourth home run of the season and 13th of his career in the first inning … Paul McIntosh hit his team-leading fifth home run of the season on Sunday, a blast that went 464 feet.

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