Fairmont State connected on 52 percent of its shots, helping the Falcons down West Virginia State 87-70 in men's basketball Saturday in Institute.Malik Stith netted a team-high 15 points and nine assists for Fairmont State (16-5, 14-3 West Virginia Conference) while Brendan Cooper and Isaac Thornton netted 14 points apiece.Anton Hutchins garnered a game-best 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting for the Yellow Jackets (9-14, 6-11) and Juan Johnson hit for 10 points.nn
STATE WOMEN WIN: The West Virginia State women's basketball team won its sixth consecutive game, upsetting Fairmont State 72-62 Saturday in Institute.
Jasmine Blanton led the Yellow Jackets (10-11, 9-8 West Virginia Conference) with 27 points while India Taste and Asia Greenleaf each finished with 12 points.Fairmont State (14-8, 12-5) held a three-point lead at halftime before State rallied in the second half for the win.Former Sissonville star Kaitlyn Snyder led all scorers with 29 points for the Falcons, with 18 of those coming on 3-pointers. Hailey Garrett had 15 points, nine rebounds and seven blocks before fouling out.
State's next game is Monday at Alderson-Broaddus.nn
UC WOMEN LOSE: The University of Charleston women's basketball team couldn't overcome poor perimeter shooting and numerous turnovers as the Golden Eagles fell to Pitt Johnstown 83-69 Saturday at Eddie King Gymnasium.UC (12-9 overall, 9-8 West Virginia Conference) was led by Chrissy Keir with 20 points. Rachel Johnson netted a double-double for the Mountain Lions (13-8, 11-7 WVC) with 16 points and 14 rebounds.nn
WVU SPORTS: Ayana Dunning used 17 points to pave the way to a 72-56 West Virginia women's basketball victory over Kansas Saturday at the Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kan.Dunning led the Mountaineers (14-9, 6-6 Big 12) in scoring for the fifth time this season and led in rebounding, with nine boards, for the 10th time. Christal Caldwell chipped in 15 points, while Crystal Leary and Darius Faulk combined for 15 points off the bench. Carolyn Davis' 14 points guided the Jayhawks (14-8, 5-6), while Chelsea Gardner added 11 points.West Virginia track and field athlete Heather Adams broke the school record in the weight throw for the second time this season after recording a mark of 18.18 meters Saturday at the SPIRE Indoor Track and Field Invitational in Morgantown.
Adams topped her personal-best throw of 18.04 meters that she recorded two weeks ago and now owns the top three spots for weight throw in program history.The No. 1-ranked West Virginia rifle team closed out its regular season with a 4700-4628 victory over No. 11 Murray State Saturday at the WVU Rifle Range.
Petra Zublasing stood out in her final Mountaineer home match, as she opened the competition with a school-record 594 (199 prone, 197 standing, and 198 kneeling) smallbore score.She nearly shot a school record in air rifle, too, but she dropped her final shot of the relay, finishing with a season-best mark of 599. Zublasing's aggregate total of 1193 is a school record.nn
COLLEGE TRACK: Winfield's Megan Truelove helped Wheeling Jesuit's distance medley relay team blow away the school record at a major indoor meet Saturday at Grand Valley State in Allendale, Mich.The foursome, which includes two other West Virginians, made a strong bid to qualify for the Division II national meet, scheduled for March 8-9 in Birmingham, Ala. The Cardinals finished in 12 minutes, 2 seconds, the fifth-best time in the nation to date.Truelove ran the 1,600-meter led in 5:06. The other runners are Jennifer McFarland of St. Marys, 3:38 in the 1,200 leg; Lindsey Mills of Fairmont, 2:19 in the 800 leg; and Olivia Lent of Zanesville, Ohio, 56.0 in the 400 leg.They clipped 17 seconds off the school record set a week ago at the Division II Team Challenge in Geneva, Ohio, a 12:19 mark that ranked 19th in the nation.nn
BASKETBALL TRYOUT: The Rising stars Athletics Basketball club will host a tryout for middle school girls beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday at Oakes Gym in South Charleston. For more information, call 304-610-3416.