With five players scoring in double figures, the West Virginia women's basketball team defeated Mount St. Mary's 94-32 Tuesday at the WVU Coliseum.
"Overall, I was pleased," coach Mike Carey said. "I thought they came out with a little bit of attitude. I want a little bit of attitude on this team. It was good to see a couple of players dive on the floor that have not. It was good to see somebody other than Jess Harlee take a charge and that's what we have to get. We have to get four, five, six or seven of them that are going to take charges, dive on the floor and will execute at the end of the game in a close game."
Sophomore guard Taylor Palmer paved the way with a game-leading 21 points, shooting 50 percent from the field (7-14) and four 3-pointers. Behind Palmer, redshirt-sophomore Christal Caldwell broke out a career-best 17 points on 8-of-16 shooting and junior Asya Bussie recorded 13 points. Sophomore Jess Harlee and freshman Linda Stepney rounded out the top five scorers with 10 points each. Sophomore Brooke Hampton added another eight points, including a pair of threes, and also dished out eight assists.
"Taylor Palmer shot well from the perimeter. I wanted to get the ball inside a little bit more than what we did and the second half I thought we did better job getting the ball inside. (Christal) Caldwell attacked tonight and was not so tentative," Carey said. "Linda Stepney attacked a little bit and wasn't so tentative so that was good to see. It also good to get a lot of people playing time going into break."
Caldwell stepped up to lead the Mountaineers (8-3) in rebounding with nine boards. WVU took a 46-21 rebounding advantage over The Mount (5-5). The Mountaineers also forced 25 Mount St. Mary's turnovers and limited their own to 13. WVU had 12 steals, led by Stepney, who grabbed four, and had seven team blocks behind Natalie Burton's four.
The Mountaineers shot 60 percent (36-60) from the floor, 64 percent (16-25) from 3-point range and 42.9 percent (6-14) from the free throw line. The Mount shot 23.9 percent from the field, 23.5 percent (4-17) from beyond the arc and 60 percent (6-10) from the free throw line.
Mount St. Mary's was led by Ashley Christie, who had 10 points, and Jessie Kaufman chipped in another nine.
WVU returns to the court, Wednesday, Dec. 28 as it takes on Bucknell in a noon game.