Roundup: WVU’s Martin invited to USA basketball trials

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West Virginia guard Tynice Martin (5) shouts as she runs offcourt after defeating Texas in an NCAA college basketball game at the Big 12 Conference tournament in Oklahoma City, Sunday, March 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

West Virginia University women’s basketball junior guard Tynice Martin is one of 40 players invited to the 2017 USA Basketball U23 national team trials, which will take place July 31-Aug. 4 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Martin was a unanimous All-Big 12 first-team selection as a sophomore. She scored 82 points in the Big 12 Conference tournament, third-most all-time, and was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. The Atlanta native tallied three 30-point games last season, including a Big 12 championship final game-record 32 points in WVU’s 77-66 victory over Baylor to claim the tournament crown. Martin became the 34th Mountaineer overall and the third-quickest to reach the 1,000-point milestone with her 26 points in the NCAA tournament first-round victory over Elon.

Martin finished second in the Big 12 with 18.6 points per game and led the conference in minutes played (35.6 per game). She became the first sophomore in WVU program history to earn All-America honorable mention from the Associated Press and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.

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MARSHALL FOOTBALL: Marshall sophomore center Levi Brown and senior tight end Ryan Yurachek were named to a combined three watch lists Monday and Tuesday.

Brown was selected to the Rimington Trophy (most outstanding center) Watch List, while Yurachek was tabbed to the Mackey Award (most outstanding tight end) and American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team watch lists.

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DONATO COMMITS TO UC: Riverside’s Gracie Donato announced a verbal commitment to continue her softball career at the University of Charleston on Tuesday via Twitter.

Donato, a rising senior who split time between first base and pitcher, helped lead the Warriors to a regional final a year ago while hitting .427 with nine home runs and 42 RBIs while going 7-5 in the circle. She was a first-team all-state and all-Kanawha Valley selection.

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