Sissonville girls basketball standout Laila Arthur announced on social media Saturday that she has accepted a preferred walk-on invitation with the West Virginia University women’s basketball team.
Arthur, who entered this past week as the leading scorer in both the Cardinal Conference and Kanawha Valley at 24.2 points per game, is a former Kanawha Valley Rookie of the Year. Last season she earned first-team honors on both the All-Kanawha Valley and Class AA All-State teams.
WVU WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Kristin Scott poured in 29 points as No. 22 Iowa State toppled the Mountaineers 77-61 in Ames, Iowa.Bridget Carleton added 23 for the Cyclones (18-5, 8-3 Big 12). Madisen Smith led WVU (16-6, 7-4) with 24 points while Naomi Davenport contributed 14.
MARSHALL WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Shayna Gore poured in 31 points for Marshall Saturday but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Thundering Herd from dropping a 79-67 Conference USA decision to Rice Saturday afternoon at the Cam Henderson Center in Huntington.Six-foot-9 Rice center Nancy Mulkey scored 25 points and guard Erica Ogwumike added 21 as the Owls shot 68.1 percent from the field to improve to 20-3 overall and stayed perfect in C-USA with 11-0 record in league play.
Taylor Porter added 19 points for Marshall (14-10, 8-3).
Gore, a former Logan High School standout, scored in double-digits for the 19th straight game and registered her fifth career 30-plus-point scoring game. She also tallied two steals to move to seventh on the school’s all-time list with 187.
WVU TRACK: Redshirt Freshman Hayley Jackson led WVU with a victory in the 3,000 meters with a personal-best time of 9:28.27 in the SPIRE Division I Classic in Geneva, Ohio.Three other Mountaineers finished among the top eight in their respective events on the final day of the event.Freshman Charlotte Wood placed third in the 3,000 meters with a time of 9:35.74. Freshman Samantha Hatcher finished fifth in the women’s mile with a time of 5:01.66, while Bria Welker finished fifth in the 400 meters with a time of 56.58.
MARSHALL SOFTBALL: Marshall’s Hannah Grimm threw out two Cal Poly runners at home and scored the game-winning run as Marshall toppled Cal Poly 6-5 in nine innings Saturday in San Diego. The Thundering Herd is now 3-0 on the young season.Armani Brown and Rachel Rousseau led Marshall with two hits apiece and Ali Burdette earned the pitching win.