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Area roundup: WVU women notch Big 12 win at Kansas

The West Virginia women's basketball team used a 16-0 run and 23 offensive rebounds down the final stretch to record its first Big 12 Conference win at Kansas, 65-55 Thursday at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kan.With 13:50 in the game, the Mountaineers (12-1, 1-0 Big 12) had a 41-40 lead, but a Natalie Knight three sparked a 6-0 run and gave KU its largest lead of the game, 46-41, with 11:45 remaining.Four consecutive points from junior guard Linda Stepney, followed by a go-ahead bucket from senior guard Christal Caldwell put WVU back in control, and sparked a 16-0 run down to the 3:45 mark for an 11-point lead, 57-46. A Keyla Morgan 3 brought KU within eight points twice until the final buzzer.WVU capitalized on its 47-28 rebounding edge with 20 second-chance points. KU only pulled down seven offensive boards, putting back just one bucket for two points. Senior center Asya Bussie led the Mountaineers' rebounding efforts with 10 boards, including six on the offensive end.Caldwell led WVU in scoring with 14 points and added seven rebounds. Bussie added 13 points to her rebounding total for the 11th double-double of her career. Senior guard Taylor Palmer led all players off the bench with 11 points.The Jayhawks were led in scoring by Knight with a game-leading 15 points, followed by Asia Boyd with 12 and Chelsea Gardner with 10 points. Boyd also led on the boards with six rebounds.
  • The National Soccer Coaches Association of America honored the WVU women's soccer team with the bronze version of its College Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award Thursday.
  • The Mountaineers were one of 72 teams to earn the award, which is presented to teams that receive no red cards and a maximum of 10 yellow cards.
  • The WVU men's basketball game at Texas Tech scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday has been moved to the Big 12 Network and ESPN3. In addition to the national broadcast on ESPN3, the game will air in West Virginia on WIYE-My5 (Parkersburg), PCNC (Pittsburgh), WVFX (Clarksburg), WQCW (Charleston/Huntington) and WTOV-DT2 (Wheeling/Steubenville).
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  • CONCORD BASEBALL: Concord University baseball will host offensive, defensive and pitching clinics Jan. 12, at Anderson Field.The pitching and defensive clinic is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon with the offensive clinic running from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    The clinics are $75 each or both clinics for $100. Both clinics are designed for athletes ages 13 and up. To register, visit the Concord University Baseball Camp website at
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  • TABLE TENNIS: The Harry Sands Teams Table Tennis Tournament will be held at the Charleston Recreation Center Jan. 25.
    The event is hosted by the Charleston Table Tennis Club. Teams must have at least three players and the cost is $30 per team. Food and drinks will be provided. For more information, contact Dale Goff at or 304-415-8685.
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  • CAPITAL CITY STRIDERS: The Capital City Striders Youth Track & Field club will conduct sign-ups and practice from 9-11:30 a.m. on Saturday at the Martin Luther King Recreation Center on Donnally Street in Charleston.Workouts are open to public participation and all ages are welcome. For more information, call Paul Gilmer at 304-389-1982.
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  • PREP BASKETBALL: Tickets for the South Charleston vs. George Washington boys basketball game will be on sale today at South Charleston High School from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All tickets at the gate for 12 years old and above will be $6.
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  • PREP SWIMMING: HYCAT will host the 2014 January High School Invitational Swim Meet on Saturday at the University of Charleston's natatorium.Meet director Greg Olson expects approximately 185 swimmers from 10 West Virginia and Ohio high schools. George Washington is the pre-meet favorite to win the girls, boys and combined team titles. The meet will start at 1:15 p.m. and is free to the public. 
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