The West Virginia women's basketball team had four players earn All-Big 12 Conference honors Thursday.Christal Caldwell is one of 10 named to the first team after averaging 12.9 points overall and 13.7 points per league contest, ninth best in the Big 12. WVU's Ayana Dunning earned honorable mention after leading the Mountaineers' in rebounding for the second consecutive season (6.1), Jess Harlee was named to the all-defensive team and Bria Holmes is named to the all-freshman team.A five-run fifth inning led the West Virginia baseball team to an 8-2 victory over Bowling Green Thursday at North Charlotte Regional Park in Port Charlotte, Fla.
WVU (6-6) pounded out 16 hits, tying a season high, and each starter recorded at least one hit. Bobby Boyd led all players with four hits, while Billy Fleming, Matt Frazer, Ryan McBroom and Alan Filauro all had two hits apiece. Right-hander Corey Walter (1-2) picked up his first win of the season, allowing two runs on six hits with four strikeouts and one walk in six innings.
WVU's Rachael Burnett and Mandie Nugent have qualified for the NCAA women's swimming and diving championships set for March 21-23 in Indianapolis.
Burnett is coming off a stellar weekend at the Big 12 championships, where she won three individual events for the second consecutive season and broke three school records and a Big 12 record on her way to being named the Big 12's most outstanding swimmer. Nugent won her fourth consecutive conference title in the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:55.82.West Virginia will hold the annual Gold-Blue Spring Game on April 20 at 2 p.m. at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium. Tickets are available for $10 and can be purchased online at WVUGAME.com or by calling 1-800-WVU GAME. A portion of the proceeds will benefit WVU Children's Hospital. The Mountaineers have donated more than $680,000 to WVU Children's Hospital during the past 28 years.The West Virginia women's soccer team will host to its annual 4-on-4 soccer fund-raiser Saturday at the Caperton Indoor Facility in Morgantown. The tournament raises funds for the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center at WVU's Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center. The tournament begins at 8 a.m. and admission is free.
MARSHALL SPORTS: Ariel Hearn netted 17 points as Memphis downed the Marshall women's basketball team 63-53 Thursday at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse in Memphis, Tenn.Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir chipped in 16 points for the Tigers (17-13, 8-8 C-USA). Norrisha Victrum paced the Thundering Herd (9-20, 3-13) with 12 points.Marshall baseball's series opener scheduled for today at Northern Kentucky in Highland Heights, Ky., has been moved. Marshall and NKU will now play doubleheaders Saturday and Sunday, each beginning at noon.nn
HIGH SCHOOL LACROSSE: The "Scho Down at Schoenbaum," a high school lacrosse exhibition featuring the Kanawha Valley's five lacrosse-playing high schools, will be played Saturday at Schoenbaum Field at Coonskin Park.Capital, George Washington, Herbert Hoover, Huntington and Hurricane will play a series of 10 half-hour games. The schedule is as follows:
11 a.m., GW vs. Capital; 1:30 a.m., Hoover vs. Huntington; noon, Hurricane vs. GW; 12:30 p.m., Capital vs. Hoover; 1 p.m., Huntington vs. Hurricane; 1:30 p.m., GW vs. Hoover; 2 p.m., Capital vs. Huntington; 2:30 p.m., Hurricane vs. Hoover; 3 p.m., GW vs. Huntington; 3:30 p.m., Capital vs. Hurricane.