Top-ranked Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) bounced WVU Tech from the NAIA Division I women's basketball national tournament with a lopsided 82-48 first-round win Wednesday in Frankfort, Ky.Freed-Hardeman (32-1) was led by Natalie Shumpert with 16 points and Grace Alonso de Armino with 15 points.For the Golden Bears (17-14), Courtney Sturdivant led all scorers with 18 points.Freed-Hardeman will play the winner of the game between Campbellsville (Ky.) and Wiley (Texas) in the tournament's second round at 6:15 p.m. Friday.
MARSHALL WOMEN FALL: Marshall's women's basketball team was bounced early Wednesday at the Conference USA basketball tournament, losing 70-59 to UTEP at Tulsa, Okla.The Thundering Herd finished 9-21, falling behind to the Miners 25-12 in the first half and 54-35 early in the second half. MU shot 34.5 percent and was soundly beaten on the boards, 46-33.
Chukwuka Ezeigbo had 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Herd.nn
PRO HOOPS: The West Virginia Miners, a new team in the IBA-PBL (a combined league of the Independent Basketball Association and the Premier Basketball League), will play its first game this weekend. The Miners will host Rochester at 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Albans High School. For more information, visit wvminersbasketball.com.nn
WVU WRESTLING: West Virginia University junior Nathan Pennesi received an at-large bid to the NCAA championships. Pennesi, who recently returned to action following a broken metacarpal in February, will be making his third appearance at the NCAAs and will wrestle in the 141-pound weight class when the tournament begins March 21 in Des Moines, Iowa.nn
COACHING CLASS: ASEP coaching classes will take place on April 4, 5 and 7 at South Charleston High School. Register at wvssac.org.