Brandon Burgraff nailed six 3-pointers to help lift WVU Tech to an 89-71 win over Virginia-Lynchburg in men's basketball Wednesday at the Baisi Athletic Center.Burgraff finished with a game-high 23 points and Stephen Coles scored 21 and pulled down 10 rebounds. WVU Tech (10-9) had four players score double-figures and shot 54 percent from the floor as a team. Chris Calvin led Virginia-Lynchburg with 22 points.The WVU Tech women's basketball team outscored Virginia-Lynchburg 54-16 in the second half as it cruised to an 85-49 victory Wednesday at the Baisi Athletic Center.
The Golden Bears (4-9) had five players score double-figures, led by Nia Nolan and Elizabeth Evans with 15 points each. Diamynde Daniel led Virginia-Lynchburg (1-8) with 13 points.nn
WVU SPORTS: Linda Stepney scored 16 points, grabbed seven rebounds and West Virginia used a 13-point first-half lead to knock off No. 13 Iowa State 73-59 Wednesday night - the second straight year the Mountaineers have beaten a ranked Cyclones squad at Ames.West Virginia (15-2, 4-1 Big 12) hit seven 3-pointers in the first half and were 12 of 30 overall.Iowa State (14-2, 3-2) cut the lead to six, 59-53 on a 3-pointer by Jadda Buckley with 6:57 left to play, but Stepney scored a layup and 3-pointer back-to-back to push the lead back to 11 points and was 4 of 4 from the free throw line in the final 1:28 to put the game away.
Hallie Christofferson had 21 points to lead the Cyclones, which lost its second straight game. Buckley added another 15.Former University of Tennessee goalkeeper Hannah Steadman has enrolled at West Virginia and will join the women's soccer team this spring.
A rising junior from Kinnelon, N.J., Steadman is available immediately and has two years of eligibility remaining.In her only action of 2013, Steadman played 45 minutes of shutout soccer at No. 16 Kentucky and made three saves, the first of her career.
The WVU rifle team opens its spring schedule ranked No. 3 in the Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association (CRCA) Poll.
The Mountaineers (6-0, 4-0 GARC) were ranked No. 3 in the Nov. 27 CRCA poll, the last ranking released. In total, WVU has been slotted at No. 3 in five consecutive polls.nn
MU WOMEN LOSE: Alexis Hyder had 18 points Wednesday night as North Texas broke away from a halftime tie to earn a 63-50 C-USA women's victory over visiting Marshall (7-9, 0-3).Laura McCoy added 13 points and Briesha Wynn a double-double (12 points, 11 rebounds) for the Mean Green (7-9, 1-2).After the teams started the second half in a 25-all deadlock, North Texas shot 50 percent and held Marshall to 7 of 23 shooting (30.4 percent).For the Thundering Herd, Leah Scott netted 15 points and Suporia Dickens added eight points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Norrisha Victrum handed out seven assists for Marshall.nn
AREA BASKETBALL: The 13th annual Ohio vs. West Virginia Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis Basketball Classic will take place on Saturday, March 29 at Parkersburg South.
The girls game will tip off at 5 p.m. with the boys game starting approximately at 7. Senior players from West Virginia and Ohio in the Mid-Ohio Valley and surrounding areas are eligible to participate. To nominate a player or for more information, contact Bill Camp at 304-483-8922.nn
PREP SWIMMING: Hurricane took home the boys and girls team titles at the High School Invitational Swim Meet at the Toyota Aquatic Center in the Tri-County YMCA on January 7th.Hurricane's Zach Shurow won the boys 50-yard freestyle with a time of 23.13 and Huntington's Emily Chambers won the girls 50 free with a time of 27.13. (For complete list of winners, see Page 2B.)