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Defense shines as Mountaineers advance past Hampton in the WNIT

Bria Holmes is fouled on a drive against Hampton on Tuesday night in the WNIT. The Mountaineers won 57-39.


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Averee Fields finished with 16 and seven rebounds and West Virginia limited Hampton to 26-percent shooting in a 57-39 WNIT victory Tuesday night.

Linda Stepney had 14 points, Bria Holmes added 11 and Lanay Montgomery grabbed 10 rebounds as the Mountaineers (20-14) advanced to a third-round game against Duquesne.

West Virginia needed an 11-2 run at the end of the half to lead 22-15, and couldn’t put away the Lady Pirates until a 15-7 run in the final five minutes. That marked the ninth 20-win season under Mike Carey.

“Let me just say it’s good to get to 20 wins,” said Carey. “It was a good team effort. At tournament time, you’re just trying to get to the next game and we were able to do that.”

The Mountaineers, who drew a crowd of 1,815 for the game, have won 15 consecutive at home against non-conference opponents dating back to last season and are 87-6 since 2002.

Thursday night’s game against Duquesne, which tips at 7 p.m., is rematch of a Dec. 10 game West Virginia won 79-60.


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