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    This Week in Women’s Basketball: West Virginia returns to Morgantown on Wednesday, Jan. 22, as the Mountaineers host Oklahoma State at the WVU Coliseum … Wednesday’s contest against OSU is “Dress Like Mike” Night, with Basketball Bingo throughout the game … a live stream of the game will be broadcast on WVUsports.com, with Dan Zangrilli and Ayana Dunning on the call.

    Last Week in Women’s Basketball: The Mountaineers dropped a pair of Big 12 contests last week … West Virginia fell to Oklahoma, 73-49, on Jan. 15, at the WVU Coliseum in Morgantown … redshirt senior guard Tynice Martin and redshirt junior guard Kysre Gondrezick led all WVU scorers against OU, with eight points apiece … freshman forward Esmery Martinez led the way in rebounding, grabbing 10 boards, followed by junior center Blessing Ejiofor with seven … WVU dropped its second contest of the week at No. 2/1 Baylor on Jan. 18, at the Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas … Gondrezick led the Mountaineers with 15 points against the Lady Bears, shooting 6-of-16 from the field and 3-of-6 from 3-point range … sophomore guard Madisen Smith also scored in double figures, posting 12 points, and connected on two 3-pointers … Martinez paced WVU in rebounding for the second consecutive game, grabbing a career-high 15 boards in the loss.

    Notes: West Virginia and Oklahoma State are set to meet for the 18th time in the series on Wednesday … WVU holds the all-time advantage in the series, leading 10-7 … the Mountaineers hold a 5-3 advantage against the Cowgirls in Morgantown … West Virginia has won the last three meetings against Oklahoma State, averaging 71.0 points per game during the streak … Martin now has 1,806 career points and needs 14 points to move into No. 4 on WVU’s all-time scoring list (Teana Muldrow, 2014-18; 1,819) … Gondrezick leads the Mountaineers in scoring (17.1 per game) and steals (1.38 per game), while Martinez is the team’s leader in rebounding, averaging 7.1 per game … Smith is the team leader is assists, with 3.38 per game.

    This Wek in Rifle: The No. 2-ranked Mountaineers (7-0, 6-0 GARC) return to Morgantown on Sunday, Jan. 26, for a home match against Great America Rifle Conference (GARC) foe Army West Point (2-3, 2-3), at the Bill McKenzie Rifle Range inside the WVU Shelling Building, at 9 a.m. ET … all home matches are free and open to the public.

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

    Notes: West Virginia trained in Tokyo, Japan, from Jan. 6-13 … while in Tokyo, the Mountaineers competed in a friendly shooting competition against the All-Japan University Team and had the opportunity to tour many of Japan’s historic sites, including the Japan Olympic Museum, the Tokyo Skytree and the Senso-ji … WVU opened the spring season ranked No. 2 in the College Rifle Coaches Association (CRCA) Rankings … the spring season rankings are based on NCAA Team Selection Rankings, which are comprised of a squad’s top-three scores earned at three different venues … the Mountaineers currently claim an average of 4717.67.

    This Week in Swimming and Diving: The men’s team is off this week, but the women’s team is scheduled to return home on Saturday, Jan. 25, to host Iowa State in a Big 12 dual … action at the Aquatic Center at Mylan Park is tabbed to begin at 11 a.m. ET.

    Last Week in Swimming and Diving: WVU traveled to Texas last week for a pair of dual meets … on Friday, Jan. 17, the men’s team competed against SMU, beating the Mustangs, 182-117 … the men tallied 11 total victories on the night, paced by freshman Hunter Armstrong’s four wins … the Dover, Ohio, native grabbed solo wins in the 100 and 200 freestyle, as well as relay victories in the 200 medley relay and 400 free relay … junior David Dixon also captured multiple solo wins against the Mustangs in the 200 medley relay, 200 butterfly and 400 individual medley, helping WVU grab the win … on Saturday, Jan. 18, the men’s and women’s teams reunited for a Big 12 dual meet at TCU … in all, the Mountaineers collected 18 total victories, including all six relay races … the women’s team topped the Horned Frogs, 165-88, while the men claimed the victory by a score of 176-65 … Armstrong again led the men’s team with four total victories, including two individual wins in the 50 free and 100 backstroke … freshman Emily Haimes paced the women, tallying three total victories, as well as two solos in the 50 and 100 free.

    Notes: Dixon’s time of 1:42.65 in the 200 fly on Friday at SMU set a new pool record at the Barr-McMillion Auditorium … the meet at SMU marked the men’s first-ever meet against the Mustangs, while the men’s and women’s teams competed against TCU for the eighth time since 2012-13 when WVU joined the Big 12 … with the wins, the men move to 2-1 in dual meets this season … the women tallied their first dual-meet win at TCU to move to 1-2 … the women compete against Iowa State for fifth-straight season on Saturday … at last year’s meeting, the Mountaineers fell to the Cyclones, 152-148.

    This Week in Wrestling: West Virginia (3-8, 0-3 Big 12) will take two weeks off before hosting South Dakota State on Feb. 7 at the WVU Coliseum … the contest is slated to begin at 7 p.m. and will be the first home conference bout of the season for the Mountaineers … the match against the Jackrabbits will be WVU’s annual Cradles for Cancer for breast cancer awareness … WVU Medicine will sponsor the match and will collect donations for the WVU Cancer Institute … fans are encouraged to wear pink and can get the WVU sports official “pink” t-shirt with a donation of $10 or more to WVU Medicine … the contest against the Jackrabbits also is Senior Day, as WVU will celebrate the careers of its four seniors … the first 150 fans in attendance will receive a free Nike dri-fit t-shirt … autographs also will take place following the match.

    Last Week in Wrestling: WVU dropped a pair of matches on the road last week, as the Mountaineers fell to No. 9 Oklahoma State, 37-6, on Friday, Jan. 11, and Oklahoma, 22-18, on Sunday, Jan. 19 … the Cowboys (6-1, 3-0 Big 12) won the first eight bouts of the night before the Mountaineers (3-7, 0-2 Big 12) won the final two, as redshirt sophomore Noah Adams (197) and senior Brandon Ngati (HWT) scored individual victories … Adams needed just 1:07 to earn an impressive pin over No. 11 Dakota Geer of OSU … the Coal City, West Virginia, native who ranks No. 2 nationally in the 197-pound class in all major polls this week, improved his record to 23-0 on the season and 10-0 in dual meets … Ngati topped OSU’s Cornelius Putnam, 3-1, thanks to a takedown at the 32-second mark of the first sudden victory period … the Gaithersburg, Maryland, native improved to 13-8 on the season with the win … on Sunday, sophomore Caleb Rea and junior Nick Kiussis registered a pin each as WVU fell in a hard-fought match to Oklahoma 22-18 … the Sooners (3-2, 1-1 Big 12) jumped out to an early 8-0 lead after earning a decision at 125 and a technical fall at 133 to begin the match, before Rea stunned the Sooners when he pulled off the biggest upset of the season for the Mountaineers with a pin over No. 4 Dom Demas at 141 … Demas, the 2019 Big 12 Champion at 141, was ranked as high as No. 1 (The Open Mat) heading into the match … following a pair of Oklahoma wins at 149 and 157, Kiussis cut the Sooner lead to three after earning WVU’s second pin of the day at 165 … Oklahoma clinched the match with wins at 174 and 184, respectively, before Adams earned his eighth win over an opponent this season with a 6-1 decision against No. 13 Jake Woodley at 197, before Ngati closed the match with a 2-1 win in double overtime.

    Notes: Adams was named the Big 12 Wrestler of the Week following a pair of wins against ranked Big 12 opponents last week … he is 24-0 to start the season and leads the team in pins (5), major decisions (6) and ties for the team lead with wins via technical fall … Ngati leads the squad with six decisions this season … he is second on the team with 15 wins this season and paces the Mountaineers with 15 decisions.

    This Week in Track and Field: The Mountaineers are off this week.

    Last Week in Track and Field: West Virginia traveled to the YSU Collegiate Invitational on Friday, Jan. 17, for its first road trip of the 2019-20 indoor season … redshirt sophomore Hayley Jackson and sophomore Peter-Gay McKenzie grabbed victories at the meet to pace the Mountaineers … Jackson’s came in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:09.97, while McKenzie topped the leaderboard in the long jump with a distance of 5.88 meters … in all, the Mountaineers secured nine top-10 finishes and five top-three finishes at the meet.

    Notes: Jackson’s time in the 800 meters marked a new career best in the event in indoor track and field for the Lusby, Maryland, native, topping her previous career-best time of 2:10.37, which she set at the Akron Invitational last season … Jackson and McKenzie competed for the first time of the 2019-20 indoor campaign on Friday … WVU’s visit to the YSU Invite on Friday marked the squad’s third consecutive season competing at the meet.

    This Week in Gymnastics: West Virginia (0-2, 0-1 Big 12) opens its home season on Sunday, Jan. 26, with a tri-meet against New Hampshire (2-1, 1-0 EAGL) and Temple (2-2, 0-0 ECAC), starting at 2 p.m. ET … the Mountaineers’ home opener is Daddy-Daughter Day, as well as Dollar Day, and all tickets and select concessions will be available for just $1 each … it’s also Mountaineer Kids Club Day, and MKC members can pick up their t-shirts at the meet … Sunday also features special appearances by Mr. Twister, the face-painting and balloon animal artist, and Musket, the Mountaineer Kids Club’s mascot … additionally, Mountaineer Maniac students will receive free fan gloves prior to the meet.

    Last Week in Gymnastics: In its first Big 12 meet of the season, West Virginia came up short in a tight battle against then-No. 12 Iowa State on Jan. 17, falling 195.800-194.500 at the Hilton Coliseum, in Ames, Iowa … the Mountaineers hit 24-for-24 routines, and sophomore Kendra Combs scored her first career victory with a personal-best 9.85 mark on balance beam … the Cyclones took the team wins on all four events: vault (49.000-48.275), uneven bars (49.025-48.675), balance beam (48.775-48.725) and floor exercise (49.000-48.825) … additionally, senior Abby Kaufman competed in the all-around for the first time this season, finishing second with a 38.725 total.

    Notes: Friday’s result dropped the Mountaineers’ all-time record against the Cyclones to 6-11-1 … senior Chloe Cluchey leads the team with 58.2 season points, followed by Kaufman with 58.15 points … ranked No. 24 in last week’s Road to Nationals Rankings, the Mountaineers fell to No. 27 (194.913 season average) following their loss at Iowa State last weekend … WVU’s balance beam lineup sits in the top 25, checking in at No. 22 with a 48.825 season average.

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