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Stanford Ends West Virginia's Season


The West Virginia University women's basketball team exceeded expectations finishing tied for fourth in the Big East. WVU was picked to finish ninth.

WVU advanced to the NCAA Tournament and won its first round game against Texas. The Mountaineers have never advanced to the Sweet 16 and that streak remains intact after WVU fell 72-55 to top seeded Stanford.

West Virginia wanted to play a physical game against Stanford and tried to stick to that game plan. At times, WVU turned down wide open three-pointers to instead try and work the ball in the paint and look to get Stanford in foul trouble.

That led to multiple empty trips while Stanford cashed in on its possessions. The Cardinal built its lead to ten points at 16-6. Christal Caldwell's layup cut it to a four-point deficit at 16-12. Stanford owned the remainder of the half outscoring WVU 22-9 over the remaining 11:21 in the half to hold a 38-21 lead over the Mountaineers.

Stanford extended its lead to 20 points early in the second half. West Virginia could never really make it a game again.

When Asya Bussie did get some touches in the paint, she was rarely able to convert. Bussie shot just 4 of 13 from the field for 11 points.

West Virginia failed to make shots going just 29 percent from the field and just 4 of 18 from behind the arc.

WVU finished the season with a 24-10 overall record. The Mountaineers lose just one player on this roster to graduation and that is Natalie Burton. Everyone else is expected to return and raise the bar even higher next season.

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