Jessi Cowden erupted for 44 points as the University of Charleston women's basketball team earned a 87-70 home conference win over Bluefield State Thursday at Eddie King Gymnasium.Charleston (13-10, 10-9 West Virginia Conference) got a huge first half from Cowden, who 9 for 12 from the floor, hitting five 3-point buckets to account for 26 first-half points, two off the record by a UC woman in a half.Bluefield fell to 12-10 overall and 10-9 in the conference.nn
TECH MEN WIN: David Rawlinson and Terrale Clark combined for 51 points as WVU Tech edged Ohio Mid-Western 100-97 Thursday in Montgomery.
Rawlinson finished with 26 points for the Golden Bears (17-10) while Clark added 25 points and 11 rebounds. Jaren Marino and Brandon Burgraff each had 17-point performances for Tech. Greg Howard posted a game-high 38 points for Ohio Mid-Western (5-13).nn
STATE MEN WIN: Anton Hutchins tallied 18 points and Raymon Austin had 15 as the West Virginia State men's basketball team earned a 88-79 road win over Ohio Valley Thursday in Vienna.David Ford and Juan Johnson also contributed 11 points apiece for the Yellow Jackets (10-15, 7-12 WVC). David Sinickas paced the Fighting Scots (3-22, 2-17) with 19 points.nn
STATE WOMEN LOSE: Shelby Way hit a pair of free throws with seven seconds left to give Ohio Valley a 70-69 win over West Virginia State Thursday in Vienna.Way finished with 14 points and eight rebounds for the Fighting Scots (2-21, 2-17 WVC) while Kayla Parsley and Jasmine Gibson each chipped in 12 points. The Yellow Jackets (10-13, 9-10) were paced by Jasmine Blanton with 19 points and Kashauna Cook with 16.nn
MU WOMEN WIN: Suporia Dickens netted 15 points as the Marshall women's basketball team scored a 59-47 win against UTEP at the Cam Henderson Center.
Shay Weaver also contributed 13 points for the Thundering Herd (8-15, 2-8 Conference USA) while Erica Wood had 12. UTEP (18-5, 6-4) was paced by Anete Steinberga with a game-high 21 points.nn
COLLEGE BASEBALL: West Virginia and Marshall both open their baseball seasons today.The Mountaineers start a three-game series at North Florida while the Thundering Herd will play three this weekend at Old Dominion.Randy Mazey will make his debut in the dugout as West Virginia's coach and has tabbed Corey Walter as the opening-day starter, with former Bridgeport standout Harrison Musgrave scheduled start on the mound for WVU on Saturday and Dan Dierdorff schedule to start Sunday's game.For the Herd, right-hander Dean Ali will start today's game against Old Dominion with Aaron Blair penciled in for Saturday and Wayland Moore for Sunday.
West Virginia State opens its season Monday at home against Pitt Johnstown with coach Cal Bailey going for career win No. 1,000. The University of Charleston starts its season on Feb. 23 at California University of Pennsylvania.nn
AAU HOOPS: The West Virginia Reign AAU basketball club will conduct tryouts for boys and girls in grades 4 through 11 and unsigned high school seniors. Tryout dates, times and locations will be posted at wvreign.com. For more information, contact coach Ronnie Nuzum at 304-657-0954 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
BOWLING Galaxy Lanes will host multiple bowling tournaments this weekend and next weekend.Scratch singles, with a $40 entry fee, will be Saturday at 12:45 p.m. with youth/adult doubles scheduled for Sunday at 1:30 p.m. with a $30 entry fee.Next Saturday there will be a handicap doubles tournament at 12:45 p.m. with a $40 entry fee. For more information, call 304-925-1156.