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WVU Downs Elon 84-36

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Ayana Dunning and Christal Caldwell each recorded a double-double in helping the West Virginia women's basketball team down Elon 84-36, Saturday, at the WVU Coliseum.

Dunning and Caldwell each recorded 20 points, while pulling down 15 and 13 rebounds, respectively. Jess Harlee rounded out the top three scorers for the Mountaineers (10-3) with 10 points.

WVU's shooting improved from 31.8 percent (14-44) in the first half to 60 percent (21-35) in the second half, totaling 44.3 percent on the day, while limiting the Phoenix (6-7) to only 26.7 percent (12-45) from the field.

"Christal Caldwell and Yaya (Ayana) Dunning played well needless to say," coach Mike Carey said. "They both rebounded the ball well and they both scored well so I was happy with that. Everybody else played hard. If we would have made our layups in the first half, then we would have scored 100 or more just making layups."

The Mountaineers' season scoring leader Taylor Palmer was limited to only a pair of threes in the game, helping WVU shoot 35.3 percent from beyond the arc (6-17). Elon was able to pull off three 3-pointers as it went 27.3 percent (3-11) from 3-point range.

Elon's scoring was led by Ali Ford and Zora Stephenson with seven points each and its rebounding was led by Kelsey Harris with five boards.

"That team is going to get better," Carey said. "She (coach Charlotte Smith) does a good job. She will get some players in there. The program will get better with her coaching there."

WVU's bench contributed 33 points and the Mountaineers dominated the paint with 50 points in comparison to Elon's 11 bench points and 16 in the paint.

The Mountaineers return to BIG EAST play as they take on No. 2 Connecticut in a 7 p.m. game on Wednesday, Jan. 4 at the XL Center.

"There is no doubt that we will go out and compete," Carey said. "Our girls play hard, our girls will go out and compete, our girls will get on the floor and that is why you play the game. Anything can happen. We are going up there to win the game; we are not going up there to just show up."

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