Three players in double-digit scoring figures guided the West Virginia women's basketball team to a 72-30 win over Bucknell Wednesday on its home court for coach Mike Carey's 500th career win.
In his 24th season, Carey reaches 500 with a 212-120 overall record in his 11th season at West Virginia and a 13-year record of 288-102 at Salem.
"It has been a great experience here at West Virginia," coach Carey said. "I have nothing to complain about. I look back and I don't think I would change anything. I had opportunities to leave Salem and I don't think I would change a thing.
"We had a lot of great players at Salem and we have been very fortunate here at West Virginia to have a lot of great players," Carey continued. "The main thing is that I have been able to stay in the state of West Virginia. That was important to me throughout my career."
Redshirt-junior Ayana Dunning paced the Mountaineers (9-3) as the scoring and rebounding leader with 15 points and eight rebounds. Behind Dunning, sophomore guards Brooke Hampton and Taylor Palmer each recorded 13 points, including three treys from each. Junior Asya Bussie and sophomore Christal Caldwell each chipped in nine points.
"The game was a little sloppy, but it was the first game after Christmas," Carey said. "They had four days off and two days practice, so we knew that would happen. Most of them came out and gave effort. Yaya (Ayana Dunning) came out and played well. Brooke (Hampton) in the first half was especially looking to score and shoot; we need her to do that. I tried to put her and Linda (Stepney) in there together sometimes so that she could shoot more. The second half, she didn't take many shots. We just have to get her more aggressive on that. Christal Caldwell is getting some confidence now, which is good to see."
WVU had a slight rebounding advantage over the Bison (2-11) 34-30. WVU shot 48.3 percent (28-58) from the field, while limiting Bucknell to only 25.6 percent (10-39) and not a single 3-pointer (0-9). The Mountaineers collected nine threes, shooting 47.4 from beyond the arc.
Bucknell capitalized on 12 opportunities from the free throw line, converting 10, for 83.3 percent. The Mountaineers shot 58.3 percent (7-12) from the charity stripe.
Bucknell's Christina Chukwuedo was the Bison scoring leader with nine points and Alyssa Dunn chipped in eight. Lindsay Horbatuck led the Bison rebounding efforts with five boards.
The Mountaineers return to their home court for a 2 p.m. game against Elon on Saturday, Dec. 31.