The No. 22/25 West Virginia University women’s basketball travels to Orlando, Florida, from Dec. 21-22, for a pair of games at the 2019 Florida Sunshine Classic at Warden Arena at Rollins College.
Dan Zangrilli and Ayana Dunning will call the game for the Mountaineer Sports Network from Learfield IMG College. The game can be found on 95.7 FM, 920 AM and WVUsports.com. FloSports will provide a live stream of both contests, with Mike Warren, Aaron Halfon and Carley Ford on the call.
“It’s going to be interesting,” WVU coach Mike Carey said. “We’re going to see two different types and styles of play here, and that’s great going into the Big 12.”
The Mountaineers (7-1) are set to open this weekend’s round-robin tournament against No. 19/23 Michigan State (7-2) on Saturday, Dec. 21, at 1:30 p.m. ET. Saturday’s contest marks the first meeting between the two teams. The Spartans are coming off a win in their most recent contest, a 93-48 win over Morehead State. MSU coach Suzy Merchant is in her 13th season with the team and holds a record of 272-136 during her tenure.
West Virginia concludes tournament action on Sunday, Dec. 22, as the team squares off against Syracuse at 1:30 p.m. The Mountaineers and Orange meet for the 24th time in the series this Sunday. WVU holds a 14-9 advantage all-time against Syracuse. West Virginia won the last meeting between the two teams after defeating Syracuse, 63-48, in the opening round of the 2012 Big East Tournament. The Mountaineers have won four of the last five matchups against the Orange, including three straight contests. Syracuse coach Quentin Hillsman enters his 14th season at the helm for the Orange and boasts a career record of 293-149.
WVU remained No. 22 in the latest Associated Press (AP) Top-25 Poll, released Monday. The Mountaineers also remained No. 25 in this week’s USA Today Coaches’ Poll. West Virginia’s No. 22 ranking in the AP Poll is the highest rank the team has achieved this season.
The Mountaineers are coming off a 72-55 win over Norfolk State at the Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center in Charleston, West Virgina, on Dec. 15. Redshirt senior guard Tynice Martin led the scoring effort for the Mountaineers, with a season-high 22 points. Sophomore forward Kari Niblack added 14 points and a team-high 10 rebounds to record her second consecutive double-double.
With her 22 points against NSU, Martin passed Donna Abbott (1,656 points) and Meg Bulger (1,665 points) to move to No. 7 on WVU’s all-time scoring list. Martin needs 62 points to pass Kate Bulger (1,733 points) for No. 6 on the all-time scoring list.
With the win, coach Mike Carey earned his 400th victory at West Virginia. Carey is the program’s all-time leader in wins and now has 688 wins during his 32-year career.