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Roundup: Cowden fires in 24 points for UC women

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Jessi Cowden hit 6-of-10 shots from 3-point range en route to 24 points to lead homestanding Charleston past Seton Hill 83-67 on Monday in West Virginia Conference women's basketball.The Golden Eagles (8-7 overall, 5-6 WVC) hit 24-of-26 foul shots as a team.Paige Alviani scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Griffins (10-8, 7-5).
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  • STATE WOMEN FALL: Pitt-Johnstown used a 31-6 run to close out the first half as the Mountain Cats picked up a 75-64 conference road women's basketball win Monday against West Virginia State.Kaitlynn Fratz had a career-high with 34 points, including 16 from the free-throw stripe, to lead the Cats (9-7, West Virginia Conference 7-6), while Rachel Johnson recorded a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.Kashauna Cook led West Virginia State (4-11, WVC 4-8) with 16 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Jordan Brock had 15 points and Maria Femia added 11 points for the Yellow Jackets.
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  • FLINCHUM HONORED: Shepherd's Gabby Flinchum has earned West Virginia Conference women's basketball player of the week honors, guiding the Rams to a 3-0 week with wins over Wheeling Jesuit, Seton Hill and Fairmont State.For the week, Flinchum averaged 14.7 points, 9.7 rebounds and 5.6 blocks per game.
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  • WVU SPORTS: West Virginia senior gymnast Alaska Richardson is nationally ranked on vault and floor in Monday's GymInfo poll.The Dayton, Ohio, native is ranked No. 46 (9.838) on vault and No. 47 (9.838) on floor.
  • West Virginia women's diver Haily VandePoel has been named the Varsity Sports Report athlete of the week for her impressive meet against TCU last week.
  • VandePoel continued her record-breaking season with a first-place finish on the 3-meter board, breaking her own school record with 316.20 points. She then won the 1-meter, scoring 281.77 points.
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  • SCHEDULES NEEDED: Area high schools and colleges are urged to send their spring sports schedules to the Gazette in order to be included in our daily listing of athletic events.Schedules can be faxed to 304-348-1740, e-mailed to or mailed to Gazette sports, 1001 Virginia St. East, Charleston, WV 25301. If high schools update their schedules on the SSAC website (, please make sure starting times are included.
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  • COACHING CLASS: An ASEP coaching class will be held Jan. 24, 25, and 27 at Huntington High School for those interested in coaching a secondary school sport. Register for the class at
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