Women’s hoops hosts Presbyterian

WVU Women's Basketball

Fresh off a season-opening win over Saint Francis on Thursday, the West Virginia University women’s basketball team will play host to Presbyterian on Sunday in a 2 p.m. tipoff at the WVU Coliseum. 

Dan Zangrilli and Ayana Dunning will call the game for the Mountaineer Sports Network from Learfield IMG College. The game can be found on Jack-FM 100.9 as well as affiliates across the state, the TuneIn Radio App and WVUSports.com. A free live stream is available on WVUsports.com.

Single-game tickets are $5 each and $3 for groups of 10 or more when purchased in advance at WVUGAME.com. At the WVU Coliseum ticket window, tickets will be $7 for adults, $5 for youth and seniors and $3 for groups. The discounted online pricing will be available until tipoff. WVU students receive free admission with a valid ID.

In honor of Veteran’s Day, all retired or active military will receive free admission with a valid military ID. Fans in attendance will receive a free miniature American flag while supplies last. Attendees are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy for the toy drive to help build Toy Mountain. Those who donate will receive a free ticket for an upcoming contest.

The Mountaineers and the Blue Hose meet for just the second time in program history on Sunday. The last meeting between the two came on Dec. 15, 2007, at the WVU Coliseum. WVU claimed a 93-26 win behind 19 points from Hall-of-Famer Meg Bulger.

Presbyterian enters Sunday’s contest with a 1-0 mark following a season-opening win against S.C. State (70-49) on Wednesday. The Blue Hose are averaging 70.0 points and 36.0 rebounds per game and are shooting 64.3 percent from the field, 50.0 percent from beyond the arc and 60.0 percent at the free-throw line. Trinity Johnson leads the scoring at 17.0 points per game. Bria Gibbs and Jade Compton also are in double figures at 14.0 and 11.0 points per game, respectively. Tess Santos boasts a team-best 6.0 rebounds per game. Johnson and Kacie Hall each have four assists, while Johnson also has four steals on the season.

The Mountaineers won their sixth consecutive season-opener with a 74-45 triumph of Saint Francis on Thursday. Coach Mike Carey moved to 16-3 in season-opening games at WVU

Redshirt junior Kysre Gondrezick scored a WVU career-high 24 points to lead the way for the Mountaineers over the Red Flash. Gondrezick’s previous WVU career high was 22 points set against Iowa last season, while she also had 25 points on two occasions as a freshman at Michigan.

Redshirt freshman Esmery Martinez had a team-best eight rebounds, adding nine points as well. She was one of five WVU players to make their career debut. Redshirt freshman center Rochelle Norris, also playing in her first game, finished in double figures with 10 points and added a trio of blocks. Junior guard Arleighshya McElroy, a junior college transfer, added eight points and 2019 Big 12 Sixth Man of the Year Kari Niblack had 10 points and seven rebounds in the win.

Sunday is the first of two straight Big South matchups for the Mountaineers, who will host Radford on Nov. 17 at the Beckley-Raleigh Convention Center in Beckley, West Virginia. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m.

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