Finishing the regular season with a 9-20 record and 3-13 in the conference, the Marshall women's basketball team enters the Conference USA tournament as the No. 12 seed and will face off against No. 5 UTEP at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Tulsa Convention Center.Marshall upset UTEP earlier in the season 59-47. Four Marshall players ended up scoring double digits in that game, including Suporia Dickens (15), Shay Weaver (13), Erica Woods (12) and Veronica Ruiz (10).Marshall has won four of the past five meetings with the Miners, although UTEP has a 5-4 advantage in the all-time series.nn
WVSU FOOTBALL: The West Virginia State football has announced its 2013 football schedule.The Yellow Jackets open the season Sept. 7 with their only non-conference game of the season at Lock Haven University. The remaining 10 games will be against Mountain East Conference opponents, including home games versus West Liberty (Sept. 21), Urbana (Oct. 5), Charleston (Oct. 19), Notre Dame, Ohio (Nov. 2) and Glenville State (Nov. 16). (For complete schedule, see Page 2B.)nn
WVU SPORTS: West Virginia football season-ticket holders can now renew their 2013 season tickets online at www.WVUGAME.com
. By renewing online, fans will save $10 on the order fee. The priority renewal deadline is May 15, and ticket renewal statements for the 2013 WVU football campaign will be mailed to current season-ticket holders later this week.
After leading the West Virginia rifle team to its 15th NCAA title and sweeping the individual championships, Mountaineer senior Petra Zublasing has been named the WVU student-athlete of the week. Zublasing led the Mountaineers to a 4,679 aggregate total and their first national title since 2009. She finished first in both smallbore and air rifle.With the first WVU baseball series in Charleston less than two weeks away, single-game tickets for the Mountaineers' 10 regular-season home games at Appalachian Power Park are now on sale.
Single-game tickets are priced at $7 for reserved seats and $5 for general admission when purchased in advance through the West Virginia Power Box Office or by calling 304-344-BATS (2287). Tickets are priced at $9 and $7 on game day.West Virginia's games in Charleston include matchups with Big 12 foes Texas Tech (March 22-24), Oklahoma (May 3-5), TCU (May 10-12) and one non-conference game with Morehead State on April 16.
The West Virginia gymnastics team remains steady at No. 21 in Monday's GymInfo poll. Though the Mountaineers' (11-7, 1-1 Big 12) ranking did not change, the team's regional qualifying score, the basis for the GymInfo poll, received a boost as it moved to 195.78 thanks to the team's second-best road score of 195.45 earned in a win at George Washington (194.5) on Sunday.Following her seventh-place finish in the mile at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., freshman Kelly Williams was named a USTFCCCA first-team All-American Monday. This is the second All-America honor this season for Williams, who became the 32nd athlete in WVU track and field program history and the 13th under coach Sean Cleary to garner All-America honors. Williams finished the indoor season with a personal-best mile time of 4:36.77, which ranks No. 3 in WVU program history.nn
WVC AWARDS: Charleston's Morgan Aguirre has been named the West Virginia Conference softball pitcher of the week while West Virginia Wesleyan's Paige Cummings has earned conference player of the week honors.Aguirre, a rookie hurler from Logan, picked up a shutout victory in her lone appearance last week. She worked all five innings of the 8-0 victory, giving up just two hits while striking out one.Cummings belted out 16 hits in 31 at bats last week. She drove in 16 runs, had six multi-hit games and four multi-RBI contests.West Liberty's Taylor Snare has earned conference baseball player of the week accolades while West Virginia Wesleyan hurler Aaron Adams has been named WVC pitcher of the week.
Snare guided the Hilltoppers to a 2-0 week, registering a 6-for-8 performance at the plate and had nine RBIs as the squad picked up two league victories.Adams threw a shutout in his one appearance, giving up five hits while striking out 10 without allowing a walk.
SWIM CHAMPIONSHIPS: HYCAT earned its 40th consecutive team title Sunday at the West Virginia Short Course Swimming Championships held at Marshall University's natatorium.HYCAT also won the boys and girls team titles while three swimmers earned age-group high-points awards - Grant Ridenour (boys 8 and under), Morgan Carr (girls senior division) and Nate Carr (boys senior division).