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    Following the West Virginia University women’s basketball team’s first triple-double performance in more than 30 years, senior guard/forward Naomi Davenport has been named the WVU Student-Athlete of the Week, presented by University Apartments.

    Davenport finished the first week of the season averaging 14.0 points per game and 13.0 rebounds per game. In Tuesday’s season-opening win against Coppin State, Davenport became the first WVU player since Dionne Morris in 1987 to record a triple-double, finishing with 13 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists.

    Davenport’s triple-double was just the sixth in WVU program history, and she became just the fifth Mountaineer to accomplish the feat.

    On Sunday, Davenport had a double-double in the win over NJIT with 15 points and a team-best 13 rebounds. It marked her seventh career double-double. She capped the week shooting 47.8 percent with five steals, 12 assists and a pair of blocks.

    This Week in Women’s Soccer: The No. 18-ranked Mountaineers (15-4-3, 7-2) continue play in the 2018 NCAA Tournament with a second-round match against Wake Forest on Friday, Nov. 16, at 6 p.m., at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium … No. 18-ranked and third-seeded South Carolina kicks against No. 14 Penn State at 3 p.m., on Friday. at Dick Dlesk Stadium … Friday’s winners meet Sunday in the NCAA Tournament Third Round, at 3 p.m., at Dick Dlesk Stadium.

    Last Week in Women’s Soccer: WVU opened the NCAA Tournament with a 6-0 win over Radford on Nov. 10, at Dick Dlesk Stadium … sophomore Lauren Segalla tallied the game-winner in the 10th minute, and senior Sh’Nia Gordon scored the first of five insurance goals two minutes later … four different Mountaineers earned scores in the second half: seniors Bianca St. Georges and Patricia Fernandez, sophomores Stefany Ferrer-vanGinkel and Grace Smith … WVU finished with a 38-2 shot edge and denied the Highlanders a shot on-goal and a corner kick … the Mountaineers placed a season-high 17 shots on-goal and earned 12 corner kicks … junior Rylee Foster played all 90 minutes in net and earned credit for the team’s 12th shutout, her 11th clean sheet of the season.

    Notes: WVU’s six goals were a program NCAA Tournament record … the six-goal performance was the team’s top goal total since scoring six in a 6-0 win over Kansas on Oct. 16, 2015 … the win and shutout were the fourth consecutive for the Mountaineers … WVU advances to the NCAA Tournament Second Round for the fourth consecutive season and 13th time in program history … Saturday marked the first time all season Radford was shut out … 14 different Mountaineers registered a shot Saturday … Fernandez and Smith’s goals were the first of their careers … 16 different Mountaineers have accounted for WVU’s 44 goals this season.

    This Week in Men’s Soccer: West Virginia is expected to earn an at-large berth in the 2018 NCAA Tournament … the NCAA Selection Show is set for today, at 1 p.m. ET, and will be streamed live on NCAA.com, where the field of 48 will be announced … the first round is set for Thursday, Nov. 15, at campus sites.

    Last Week in Men’s Soccer: WVU’s five-match win streak was snapped with a 3-1 loss to Akron in the Mid-American Conference Semifinals on Friday night … junior midfielder Andres Muriel Albino scored 11 seconds into the match, but Akron answered to tie it 92 seconds later and took the lead in the 43rd minute … West Virginia trailed by two goals for just the third time this year when the visitors added an insurance goal in the 66th minute … sophomore defender Kevin Morris and senior midfielder Joey Piatczyc earned assists on the Mountaineer goal … WVU was out-shot, 20-6, while Akron had seven shots on goal to West Virginia’s four … sophomore goalkeeper Steven Tekesky made three saves in the loss and the defense cleared another ball off the line.

    Notes: West Virginia (13-6-0) is expected to earn its 13th NCAA Tournament berth in program history and the first since 2011 … Piatczyc was named the MAC Player of the Year, while coach Marlon LeBlanc was named the MAC Coach of the Year … Piatczyc is the second Mountaineer to be voted the MAC Player of the Year and LeBlanc earned his second Gary V. Palmisano MAC Coach of the Year accolade and third in his 13-year tenure at WVU … additionally, Piatczyc and Tekesky were named to the All-MAC First Team, and junior defenders Albert Andres-Llop, Pascal Derwaritsch and Ryan Kellogg and junior midfielder Andres Muriel Albino were recognized on the All-MAC Second Team … the assist for Piatczyc on Friday night was the 34th of his career to extend his school-record mark … West Virginia enters the NCAA Tournament with 13 wins, the most in program history since a 14-win campaign in 2007 and two shy of the team record of 15, set in 2006 … WVU has won 11 of its last 14 matches … the Mountaineers are one of two teams in the country to post a perfect regular-season conference record, as they went 5-0-0 in MAC play … West Virginia is ranked No. 18 in this week’s TopDrawerSoccer.com rankings, while WVU came in at No. 12 in last week’s United Soccer Coaches poll and No. 15 in the Soccer America rankings, which both are released on Tuesdays.

    This Week in Women’s Basketball: No. 25 West Virginia hosts Bryant on Thursday in a special 10 a.m. tipoff at the WVU Coliseum … the game will be WVU’s first Education Day as nearly 10,000 local elementary and middle school students are expected to be in attendance … in-game promotions will focus on healthy eating and the importance of an active lifestyle … Thursday will be the first meeting between the Mountaineers and the Bulldogs, as Bryant did not start its transition to Division I until 2010.

    Last Week in Women’s Basketball: The Mountaineers went 2-0 to open the season … on Tuesday, WVU downed Coppin State, 78-37, to open the 2018-19 season … redshirt junior guard Tynice Martin had 24 points and 11 rebounds in her return to the court … senior forward Naomi Davenport notched a triple-double with 13 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists … WVU shot 42.42 percent as a team and was 5-of-10 on 3-pointers … the Mountaineers made it 2-0 on the week with a 95-50 win over NJIT on Sunday … senior guard Katrina Pardee led the scoring with 22 points, while Davenport notched a double-double of 15 points.

    Notes: West Virginia opened its 46th season on Tuesday night … Davenport recorded the sixth triple-double in WVU women’s basketball history and is the first player to register a triple-double since Dionne Morris did so against St. Bonaventure in December 1987 … she is one of just five players in WVU history to achieve the feat … Davenport is the first Big 12 player to record a triple-double since Baylor’s Alexis Jones did so on Jan. 29, 2017 … Martin recorded her second career double-double with 24 points and 11 rebounds … the game marked Martin’s first official game since the 2017 NCAA Tournament … WVU limited Coppin State to a shooting percentage of 6.3 percent (1-for-16) in the second quarter, a record-low for the WVU defense … West Virginia moved to 11-0 against Coppin State … the Mountaineers have now won five straight season openers, dating back to 2014-15 … WVU moved to 15-3 in season-opening games under coach Mike Carey … Davenport finished with a double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds against NJIT, marking her seventh career double-double … freshman Kari Niblack is the first true freshman to score in double figures since Tynice Martin did so against Ohio State on March 20, 2016 … WVU scored 52 points in the paint … the Mountaineers forced 25 turnovers for the first time since Jan. 24, 2018, when Texas Tech finished with 30 … West Virginia moved to 235-57 at home in nonconference games.

    This Week in Wrestling: West Virginia (1-0, 1-0) will travel to Ithaca, New York, to face No. 9 Cornell on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 3 p.m. … WVU then returns to the WVU Coliseum the next day, rounding out the month of November with a 1 p.m. match against No. 14 Northern Iowa on Sunday, Nov. 18 … prior to Sunday’s match, the Mountaineers will host a free youth clinic, open to any and all entrants in eighth grade and below … all youth clinic participants will be admitted free to the match, with the match set to begin at 1 p.m. … to pre-register, email WVUSportsMarketing@mail.wvu.edu … additionally, the first 250 youth fans in attendance will receive a free WVU wrestling mask … autographs also will take place following the match … fans can purchase tickets by visiting WVUGAME.com, calling 1-800-WVUGAME or at the Mountaineer Ticket Office, located at the Gold Gate of the WVU Coliseum … all tickets are general admission.

    Last Week in Wrestling: Five Mountaineers took first place in their respective pools at the round-robin tournament, as West Virginia collected 217 points for a seventh-place finish at the 2018 Journeymen MyHouse Collegiate Classic on Sunday, held at Hudson Valley Community College, in Schenectady, New York … the tournament field featured competition from 17 universities, including six teams ranked inside the College NWCA/USA Today Top-25 Poll: No. 6 Lehigh, No. 8 NC State, No. 15 Rutgers, No. 17 Purdue, No. 20 Lock Haven and No. 21 Wyoming … redshirt freshman Joey Thomas (125), redshirt senior Christian Monserrat (149), sophomore Nick Kiussis (165), redshirt freshman Noah Adams (197) and redshirt junior David Smith (HWT) each earned a first-place finish in their respective pools … nine other Mountaineers competed in a Gold and Blue singlet at the Journeymen MyHouse Collegiate Classic, as true freshmen Caleb Rea and Luke Martin made their Mountaineer debuts on Sunday.

    Notes: The 2018-19 campaign marks the program’s 95th season … 25 newcomers joined 10 letterwinners from last year’s squad … redshirts sophomore Matthew Schmitt is the lone Mountaineer to check-in to this week’s rankings at 133 pounds … the 2018 NCAA qualifier sits at No. 17 by the Open Mat … the Mountaineers square off with a pair of ranked foes this weekend, as the squad will face seven opponents that finished in the top 25 at the 2018 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships this season … West Virginia and Cornell will meet for just the second time in program history, as the Big Red earned a win over the Mountaineers in their first-ever meeting at the 2014 Journeymen Duals … the Big 12 Conference added UNI in July of 2017 as an affiliate member to give the league a 12-team field … the Panthers own a 3-0 lead in the all-time series, with the last meeting taking place in 1991.

    This Week in Volleyball: West Virginia (11-15, 2-10) will cap its regular-season home slate with a pair of Big 12 matches against TCU (13-11, 5-8) on Wednesday, Nov. 14, and Oklahoma (15-10, 7-6) on Saturday, Nov. 17 … Wednesday’s match is slated to begin at 6 p.m., and it is Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night … all WVU faculty and staff will receive free admission with a WVU ID … Saturday’s 1 p.m. match against the Sooners is Mountaineer Kids Club Day, and fans will have an opportunity to receive the Mountaineers’ autographs one last time following the match … fans can purchase tickets by visiting WVUGAME.com, calling 1-800-WVUGAME or at the Mountaineer Ticket Office, located at the Gold Gate of the WVU Coliseum … all tickets are general admission.

    Last Week in Volleyball: West Virginia split a pair of matches, picking up a 3-1 win over Marshall on Nov. 7 and falling in four sets at Iowa State on Nov. 10 … WVU finished the week hitting .147 with 102 kills and 18 total blocks … a trio of Mountaineers tallied double-digit kills on the week, as junior outside hitter Katelyn Evans led the team with 29, averaging 3.62 kills per set … freshman setter Lacey Zerwas also dished out 79 assists to average 9.88 per set last week, while junior defensive specialist Gabrielle Cuckovich had a team-high 25 digs to average 3.12 per set … additionally, freshman outside hitter Kristin Lux led WVU’s block efforts with seven, averaging 0.88 per set last week.

    Notes: The Mountaineers are one victory away from collecting their 700th win in program history … West Virginia currently holds a 699-738 all-time record since its inaugural season in 1974 … with WVU’s win over Marshall, the Mountaineers have claimed the Golden Ball Trophy three times in the last four seasons … West Virginia finished the year with a 9-5 record in nonconference play and is 38-21 all-time in non-league matches under fourth-year coach Reed Sunahara … sophomore middle blocker Katie DeMeo currently ranks fourth in the Big 12 Conference in blocks per set, totaling 110 blocks on the season to average 1.34 per set … with two blocks against Iowa State, DeMeo moved into the top-five all-time by a Mountaineer sophomore … as of Nov. 9, the Troy, Ohio, native ranks 21st among all NCAA Division I players in blocks per set … the Mountaineers also rank sixth in the Big 12, averaging 2.38 blocks per set … WVU is outblocking its opponents, 233.5-200.5 … Evans leads the team with 3.24 kills per set to rank eighth in the Big 12, while Zerwas paces WVU in assists, with 9.16 per set, to rank eighth in the league.

    This Week in Cross Country: The Mountaineers have concluded the 2018 season.

    Last Week in Cross Country: West Virginia earned a sixth-place team finish at the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Regional on Nov. 9, in University, Park, Pennsylvania … freshman Charlotte Wood earned a 33rd-place finish in 21:54, while redshirt junior Olivia Hill placed 39th in 22:08 … redshirt junior Candace Jones was WVU’s third finisher, placing 45th in 22:11 … freshman Hannah Lipps (22:18) and redshirt sophomore Sarah Wills (22:20) placed 48th and 52nd, respectively … WVU earned 217 points as a team, finishing behind No. 8 Villanova (33), Princeton (64), No. 13 Penn State (91), Temple (158) and Penn (171).

    Notes: Friday’s meet featured 30 teams and 205 total runners … it marked WVU’s 12th appearance at Penn State since 2014, including its third this season … West Virginia finishes the season with its second consecutive fourth-place finish at the Big 12 Championship (Oct. 26), including its ninth All-Big 12 selection in seven years in sophomore Hayley Jackson … the Mountaineers also won multiple meets (Charlotte Opener, Lock Haven Invitational) for the first time since 2011.

    This Week in Rifle: The No. 2-ranked Mountaineers (9-0, 4-0 GARC) close their 2018 fall slate against NC State on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 10 a.m., at the Bill McKenzie Rifle Range inside the WVU Shell Building.

    Last Week in Rifle: WVU earned a 4703-4678 win at No. 3 TCU on Nov. 10, at the TCU Rifle Range in Fort Worth, Texas … the Mountaineers trumped the Horned Frogs in smallbore, 2337-2310, but lost air rifle, 2366-2368 … juniors Morgan Phillips and Milica Babic paced the Mountaineers … Phillips shot a season-best 591 and finished first in smallbore, while Babic placed second in air rifle with a 596 total … four Mountaineers counted toward both team scores: Babic, David Koenders, Sarah Osborn and Ginny Thrasher … Phillips shot toward the smallbore total, and Jared Eddy counted toward air rifle.

    Notes: WVU’s victory snapped TCU’s win streak at 12 … Phillips made her season air rifle debut and finished third with a 593 total … sophomore Noah Barker shot a career-high 579 smallbore and tied for fifth place … WVU improved to 6-2 all-time against TCU.

    This Week in Tennis: The Mountaineers have concluded the fall season.

    Last Week in Tennis: West Virginia traveled to Tallahassee, Florida, to compete in the Florida State All-Conference Showdown from Nov. 9-11 … freshman Anastasiia Bovolskaia and seniors Paula Goetz and Kirsten White all tied for the team lead in singles wins (2) … Bovolskaia paired with junior Sofia Duran to lead the team in doubles wins (2) … it marked the fifth tournament the Mountaineers have competed in this fall.

    Notes: The Mountaineers competed in four additional tournaments this fall, including the Hokie Fall Invite, ITA Regionals, the Martha Thorn Mountaineer Invitational and the Louisville Tennis Classic … as a team, the Mountaineers went 88-99 in match play this fall, winning 48 singles matches and 40 doubles matches … Bovolskaia led the team in total wins (18) and singles wins this fall (12) … sophomore Anne-Sophie Courteau led the team in doubles wins (8) … the highlight of the fall came in the season opener, when Courteau and senior Abigail Rosiello led the Mountaineers to the final round victory in the Sacrifice Doubles flight at the Hokie Fall Invite in Blacksburg, Virginia … Courteau and Rosiello each collected a 3-1 record in singles play, and a 3-0 record in doubles action, for an overall record of 9-2 to cap the season-opening event.

    This Week in Swimming and Diving: The Mountaineers are set to compete in a pair of meets this week as swimmers travel to the Ohio State Invitational at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion in Columbus, Ohio, while divers head to the Navy Diving Invitational at Lejeune Hall in Annapolis, Maryland … both meets commence from Nov. 15-17 … in Columbus, prelims are set to begin at 10 a.m. ET each day, with finals sessions starting at 5 p.m. … diving at Navy begins at noon on Thursday and Friday, before a 10 a.m. start on Saturday.

    Last Week in Swimming and Diving: West Virginia did not compete.

    Notes: WVU last competed at Villanova on Oct. 27, when the men’s team took down the Wildcats, 236-64, while the women fell, 154-146 … the two teams combined to break nine Villanova Swim Complex records at the meet … sophomore David Dixon, who was named the Big 12 Men’s Swimmer of the Week on Oct. 31, led WVU with three individual wins, two (200 butterfly, 200 individual medley) in pool-record times, and a relay win … junior Morgan Bullock also secured three individual wins, including two in pool-record times (100 butterfly, 200 IM) … redshirt senior Tristen Di Sibio and junior Julia Nilton secured pool records in the 100 breaststroke and 50 freestyle, respectively, while three relay teams – men’s and women’s 200 medley and men’s 400 freestyle – also had Villanova Swim Complex bests … the men’s team has now won 11 consecutive dual meets, dating back to the 2016-17 campaign … WVU will compete at the Ohio State Invitational for the second consecutive season … seven men’s teams and nine women’s teams will make up the field in Columbus, including No. 16 Ohio State and No. 19 Notre Dame on the men’s side and No. 1 Stanford, No. 12 Kentucky, No. 13 Ohio State and No. 19 Notre Dame on the women’s side … the divers will get a first-look at the site for the 2019 Zone A Diving Championships, which is slated for Mar. 11-13, in Annapolis.

    This Week in Rowing: West Virginia has concluded the fall season.

    Last Week in Rowing: WVU hosted Duquesne in Morgantown, West Virginia, on the Monongahela River for a team scrimmage on Friday, Nov. 9 … four Mountaineer boats competed in multiple races up and down the Monongahela River … West Virginia competed in six races in back-and-forth between the Star City bridge, Star City docks and Edith Barill Riverfront Park.

    Notes: The Mountaineers finished their fall season in Morgantown, West Virginia, on Nov. 9, when they hosted Duquesne on the Monongahela River for a team scrimmage … WVU competed in four events this fall … the varsity squad opened the season in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for a varsity scrimmage against Robert Morris and host Duquesne … the varsity squad also competed in the 48th Head of the Schuylkill regatta on Oct. 27, claiming three top-15 finishes and one top-5 finish on the day … 22 members of WVU’s novice squad made their Mountaineer debut on Nov. 3 at the Head of the Occoquan regatta in Fairfax Station, Virginia … the novice squad secured two top-3 finishes for the Mountaineers.

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