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The West Virginia women's basketball team recorded a 62-point margin with a 109-47 victory over Delaware State, Wednesday, in nonconference action at the WVU Coliseum.

WVU's point total was the fourth-highest total in WVU women's basketball program history, and the first time scoring 100 points since Dec. 21, 2005 against Kennesaw State.

The Mountaineers (9-1) shot a season-best 56.5 percent (39-69) from the field, with five players in double figures.

Sophomore guard Bria Holmes and senior center Asya Bussie paved the way with a game-leading 22 points apiece. Holmes' point total is a career best and the first 20-point game of her career, while Bussie's total was her fourth career 20-point outing. Bussie was a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line, shot 87.5 percent (7-8) from the field and added three blocks. Holmes had a career night, leading all players with nine field goals, in addition to five assists and a game-leading five steals—all career bests. The pair helped WVU dominate the paint with a 56-20 advantage over Delaware State.

"It was good to get everybody some playing time," coach Mike Carey said. "They didn't double (Asya), but I thought our girls did a good job of looking for her early and often. I thought when we ran our half court stuff, we did a nice job of reversing the ball, getting high-low and got some threes out of it.

"When Bria wants to run, she can run as fast as anyone I have. She is very athletic. The way she jumps and her quickness and height—she can dominate the boards if she wanted to."

Leading the bench, senior guard Taylor Palmer added four threes for the third consecutive game, totaling 13 points on the night. Redshirt-freshman Lanay Montgomery, who also came off the bench, gave WVU a career-best 11 points and led the Mountaineers in rebounding with a career-high eight boards. Junior forward Crystal Leary had a season-high 10 points and two blocked shots in 19 minutes.

Junior Averee Fields was WVU's second-leading rebounder with seven boards, six on the offensive end, and was one point shy of double figures with nine points.

As a team, WVU dished out 27 assists behind senior guard Brooke Hampton's game-leading seven. Junior guard Linda Stepney and senior forward Jess Harlee each added six assists.

"I want Jess to shoot a little bit more, but she didn't. Jess is going to give you everything she has," Carey explained. "Her type of game is getting up the lanes and getting steals. She got on the offensive boards a little bit and Jess does what she does."

The Mountaineers recorded their highest rebounding margin all season, 49-18, using offensive putbacks toward 25 second chance points. WVU limited turnovers to 15, while forcing 26 Delaware State giveaways.

WVU closed out the game with seven threes, shooting 35 percent (7-20), and converting 77.4 percent (24-31) from the free throw line. The Hornets (3-6) were limited to 32.6 percent (14-43) from the field, only 25 percent (3-12) from 3-point range and were more accurate than WVU from the free throw line, making 80 percent (16-20).

Delaware State was without season scoring leader Tierra Hawkins, but was led in scoring by freshman guard Raven Bankston with 16 points. Senior forward Deanna Harmon added 10 points in 22 minutes.

WVU will hit the road for a 2 p.m. matchup at Duquesne on Saturday, at the A.J. Palumbo Center in Pittsburgh, Pa. The Mountaineers look to avenge their last two losses to the Dukes in the series.

"We have a tough game coming up against Duquesne," Carey said. "They beat us two years in a row and they celebrated on their home floor. It's a tough matchup for us, but no excuses, we need to go in there and get the win."

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