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    This Week in Women’s Basketball: West Virginia plays once on the road and once at home … the Mountaineers travel to Lubbock, Texas, on Wednesday for a rematch with Texas Tech … tipoff is set for 7 p.m. from United Supermarkets Arena … on Saturday, West Virginia will host TCU in a 2 p.m. tip at the WVU Coliseum … the game will be the Mountaineers’ annual Pink Game, presented by WVU Medicine … the team will don pink-accented jerseys and shoes … fans can get the official WVU Pink t-shirt with a donation of $10 or more to WVU Medicine and will receive pink shakers while supplies last … admission is free courtesy of WVU Medicine … WVU also will welcome back several former Mountaineers as part of Alumni Day.

    Last Week in Women’s Basketball: West Virginia’s four-game win streak came to an end with a 77-61 loss at No. 22 Iowa State … freshman Madisen Smith led the way with a career-high 24 points … Smith also had a career-high five 3-pointers … senior forward Naomi Davenport had 14 points, while junior guard Lucky Ruddhad eight … WVU shot 37.7 percent as a team and 33.3 percent from beyond the arc … the loss was WVU’s first since Jan. 20.

    Notes: Madisen Smith was the first WVU freshman to produce a 20 point effort since Tynice Martin had 20 against Kansas State on March 5, 2016 … she also is the first WVU freshman to have at least 24 points in a game since Sherell Sowho had 27 against Boston College in 2002 … her five 3-point field goals tied for fourth-most in a single game by a WVU freshman … WVU’s four-game win streak in Big 12 play was its longest since the 2013-14 season when the Mountaineers won 12 in a row … Saturday’s game against Iowa State was WVU’s sixth game of the season against a ranked opponent … the Mountaineers have 50 wins over ranked teams in program history, 40 of which have come under coach Mike Carey.

    This Week in Gymnastics: The Mountaineers (11-4, 0-3) return to the WVU Coliseum for a tri meet against Pitt, Utah State and Cornell on Sunday, Feb. 17, at 1 p.m. … it’s a Heart Healthy Meet, and a free Zumba class will be offered on the WVU Coliseum concourse pre-meet … additionally, heart-shaped stress balls will be given to the first 500 fans.

    Last Week in Gymnastics: WVU swept the competition at Penn on Feb. 10 with a 195.25 score … Bridgeport finished second (194.775), Penn followed in third (193.825) and Temple placed fourth (193.575) … the Mountaineers hit 24-or-24 routines for the second time in as many weeks and the third time this season and finished first on each event but uneven bars, scoring 49.2 on floor, 48.8 on balance beam and 48.475 on vault … WVU also scored 48.775 on bars … junior Abby Kaufman tied for the vault win with a 9.75 mark, while sophomore McKenna Linnen finished first on balance beam with a career-high 9.85 … senior Jaquie Tun won floor with a career-best 9.925 … junior Julia Merwin paced WVU on bars with a career-high 9.825 and tied for fourth place … Kaufman finished second in the all-around with a 38.825 total.

    Notes: With the three wins Sunday, eight-year coach Jason Butts pushed his career win total to 102 … freshman Rachel Hornung placed third on beam with a 9.8 … senior Kirah Koshinski finished second on floor with a 9.875 mark … WVU’s total was its third-best score of the season and second-best away from Morgantown.

    This Week in Track & Field: WVU concludes the indoor regular season at the Penn State Tune-Up, on Saturday, Feb. 16, in University Park, Pennsylvania … competition at the Ashenfelter Indoor Track is set to begin at 11:30 a.m.

    Last Week in Track & Field: The Mountaineers earned three victories at the SPIRE Division I Classic, from Feb. 8-9, in Geneva, Ohio … on Friday, redshirt senior Madelin Gardner won the women’s pole vault with a mark of 4.30 meters (14 feet, 1.25 inches), while the Mountaineers’ distance medley relay team, comprised of redshirt freshman Hayley Jackson, redshirt senior Bria Welker, freshman Mikenna Vanderheyden and redshirt sophomore Sarah Wills, won with a time of 11:52.96 … on Saturday, Jackson added to her win total with a first-place finish in the women’s 3,000 meters (elite), earning a lifetime-best time of 9:28.27 … Welker tallied a fifth-place finish in the women’s 400 meters in a lifetime-best 56.68, while freshman Samantha Hatcher also claimed fifth in the women’s mile (elite) in 5:01.66, the fastest mile time for a Mountaineer this indoor season.

    Notes: Gardner continues to rank No. 2 in the Big 12 Conference in the pole vault this season … she also sits in a tie for No. 12 nationally in the event … in last week’s U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association #EventSquad Rankings, WVU ranked No. 23 nationally in the pole vault … Wills made her indoor season debut in the DMR on Friday night … additionally, freshman Linda Jebet made her career debut in a 16th-place finish in the women’s 800 meters on Saturday … this weekend marks the Mountaineers’ second trip to Penn State this indoor season … WVU also competed at the PSU National Open, from Jan. 25-26, marking the eighth time it has traveled to an indoor meet in University Park since the start of the 2014-15 campaign … in addition to the Penn State Tune-Up, freshman Charlotte Wood is set to compete at the North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletic Association (NACAC) Cross Country Championships in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, on Saturday, Feb. 16.

    This Week in Wrestling: WVU (4-13, 3-5 Big 12) does not compete this week … the regular season will come to a close on Sunday, Feb. 24, in Brookings, South Dakota, where the Mountaineers and Jackrabbits square off in a 7 p.m. ET match.

    Last Week in Wrestling: West Virginia did not compete.

    Notes: The Mountaineers have faced 10 teams ranked inside the USA Today/NWCA Coaches’ Top-25 Poll this season … redshirt senior Christian Monserrat has a team-leading 19 wins on the year … the Methuen, Massachusetts, native also leads the team with 15 dual wins and 51 match points … the first of four coaches’ panel rankings for the 2018-19 season was released on Jan. 24, with five Mountaineers appearing in the top 33 of their respective weight classes … the final rankings will be used in determining qualifiers for the 2019 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, which will be held in Pittsburgh, at PPG Paints Arena, from March 21-23 … redshirt sophomore Matthew Schmitt ranks 14th at 133 pounds, while Monserrat sits in 20th in his respective pool of 149 pounds … sophomore Nick Kiussis ranks 18th at 165 pounds, and junior Brandon Ngati (HWT) and redshirt freshman Noah Adams (197) each enter the coaches’ panel rankings for the first time in their careers at No. 32 in their respective weight classes … wrestlers in each weight class will be measured by winning percentage, rating percentage index (RPI) and coaches’ rankings to earn allocation spots for their qualifying tournaments for the championships.

    This Week in Rifle: The No. 2 Mountaineers shoot an NCAA Qualifying Match on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 10 a.m., at the Bill McKenzie Rifle Range inside the WVU Shell Building … it’s Senior Day, and admission is free for all fans.

    Last Week in Rifle: WVU won its sixth consecutive Great America Rifle Conference (GARC) regular-season title with a 4723-4678 win at No. 4 Kentucky on Feb. 9 … WVU (13-0, 8-0 GARC) won smallbore, 2346-2320, and air rifle, 2377-2358 … senior Ginny Thrasher claimed the air rifle title with a 597 mark, and sophomore David Koenders won smallbore with a career-high matching 588.

    Notes: WVU’s title is its 12th in program history … the Mountaineers handing the reigning NCAA National Champions their first loss of the season … WVU’s aggregate and smallbore scores were season highs … coach Jon Hammond led WVU to six undefeated seasons since his first in 2006 … WVU has not lost a regular-season match since Feb. 1, 2015 … sophomore Sarah Osborn finished second in smallbore with a season-high 587 … Koenders also matched his season-high air rifle score of 596 and finished second … sophomoreNoah Barker placed seventh in air rifle with a season-high 590 … with the win, WVU improves to 20-9 all-time against the Wildcats.

    This Week in Swimming & Diving: The Mountaineers are off this week … WVU next competes at the 2019 Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championship, from Feb. 27-March 2, in Austin, Texas.

    Last Week in Swimming & Diving: WVU did not compete.

    Notes: Entering the conference meet, sophomore David Dixon ranks No. 17 nationally in the men’s 200 butterfly (1:42.95), redshirt senior Tristen Di Sibio sits No. 37 nationally in the men’s 100 breaststroke (53.52) and junior Morgan Bullock ranks No. 38 in the nation in the women’s 200 butterfly (1:57.31) … Di Sibio (200 breaststroke) and senior Jake Armstrong (100 breaststroke) are set to defend their Big 12 individual championships at the conference meet … both teams finished second at the Big 12 Championship last season.

    This Week in Tennis: WVU (2-0, 0-1 Big 12) hosts Cleveland State on Friday, Feb. 15, and Saturday, Feb. 16, for its home opener … each day’s action is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. ET from the Summit Tennis Academy in Morgantown

    Last Week in Tennis: West Virginia dropped their first match of the year on Sunday, Feb. 10, as they fell to Iowa State, 2-5, at Life Time Fitness in Des Moines, Iowa … senior Paula Goetz and sophomore Anne-Sophie Courteau each bagged a singles win against the Cyclones.

    Notes: The Mountaineers own a 113-108 record over 2019 opponents, including a 1-0 record against Cleveland State and an 11-4 record against Akron … WVU last competed against Cleveland State and Akron at the Martha Thorn Mountaineer Invitational from Oct. 19-21 … freshman Anastasiia Bovolskaia and Courteau lead the Mountaineers with four total wins this season … Goetz, junior Sofia Duran and freshman Nicole Rocare tied for second on the team with three total wins.

    This Week in Golf: West Virginia will open the 2019 spring season at the Gator Trust Invitational on Feb. 16-17 in Gainesville, Florida … the University of Florida will host the event at the Mark Bostick Golf Course (Par 70, 6,701 yards) … in addition to the host Gators, the field will be made up of Coastal Carolina, Florida, Georgia Southern, Jacksonville, Liberty, Michigan, Mississippi State, Missouri, North Florida, Princeton, Southern Illinois, UCF, USF and Vanderbilt.

    Last Week in Golf: WVU was off as a team last week … senior Tristan Nicholls and freshman Kurtis Grantparticipated as individuals in the Georgia Southern Individual Collegiate … Grant finished 72-74-70=216 for even par and tied for 11th place.

    Notes: West Virginia opens spring play ranked at No. 37 in the Golfstat team rankings … senior Max Searranks at No. 64 amongst NCAA Division I golfers in the Golfstat rankings … Sear leads the team with a 69.83 stroke average and three top-20 finishes … sophomore Matthew Sharpstene is second on the team with a 70.50 average … the team’s first-round score of 271 at the Ka’anapali Collegiate Classic in November was a program record low team round, as well as a record low round vs. par at -13 … the Mountaineers’ 54-hole team total of 835 in Hawaii was also a program record at 17 under par.

    This Week in Baseball: The West Virginia University baseball team opens the 2019 season this weekend at the Atlanta Challenge, from Feb. 15-17, in Atlanta … opening day is set for Friday, Feb. 15, at Kennesaw State at 4 p.m. ET … the weekend continues with contests at Georgia State on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 2 p.m., and at Georgia Tech on Sunday, Feb. 17, at 1 p.m.

    Last Season in Baseball: West Virginia went 29-27 in 2018 and reached the Big 12 Championship semifinals for the third consecutive season … WVU went 5-3 against top-25 teams, highlighted by a series win over No. 19 Texas … the Mountaineers also posted a 5-0 record against regional foes, highlighted by a walk-off win in 10 innings at PNC Park to improve to 2-0 at the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates … second baseman Kyle Gray, who was recognized on the ABCA All-America Third Team, which continued a stretch of four consecutive years with an All-America honor for West Virginia … Gray became the 18th All-American in program history, while the honor was the 16th total in coach Randy Mazey’s tenure … Gray and Darius Hill were named to the ABCA East All-Region First Team, and nine Mountaineers were named to an All-Big 12 Team … Gray was named to the All-Big 12 First Team, and Hill was selected to the second team … four Mountaineers were selected in the 2018 MLB Draft, as right-hander Michael Grove was drafted in the second round by the Los Angeles Dodgers, Gray was selected in the 14th round by the New York Yankees, Jimmy Galusky was picked in the 20th round by the Chicago White Sox and BJ Myers was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 35th round … a total of 35,101 fans filled the stands, the third-most in program history, for an average of 1,526 per game, the second-highest in program history … statistically, the Mountaineers stole 95 bases, which led the Big 12, was No. 17 nationally and was third-most in program history … additionally, WVU’s 12 team saves and 462 strikeouts also were No. 3 in the record books … individually, Myers set the record with 49 career starts and 305.1 innings pitched.

    Notes: The 2019 season marks the 127th year of baseball at West Virginia, and WVU owns an all-time record of 2,160-1,555-19 since 1892 … coach Randy Mazey begins his seventh season in Morgantown, is 189-154 at WVU and is the fifth-winningest coach in program history … junior right-hander Alek Manoah was named to the Baseball America Preseason All-America Second Team and the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award preseason watch list … Manoah is WVU’s eighth preseason All-American in team history and the fifth since 2014, and he is the third Mountaineer named to the Golden Spikes Award watch list … senior outfielderDarius Hill was named to the Preseason All-Big 12 Team … West Virginia was voted to finish sixth in the Big 12 Preseason Coaches’ Poll … with WVU’s four draft selections in 2018, tied for third-most in a single draft in program history, West Virginia has had 20 draft picks in Mazey’s six seasons, the most in a six-year stretch in program history … season tickets and mini-packages for the 2019 season are on sale now, and fans can join the excitement of WVU baseball and support the Mountaineers by purchasing tickets at WVUGAME.com, calling 1-800-WVU GAME or visiting the Mountaineer Ticket Office at the WVU Coliseum.

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