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Women's Basketball: Sanni Perfect in WVU Rout

Women's Basketball: Sanni Perfect in WVU Rout

By Justin Zackal for
December 21, 2005


    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Sophomore center Olayinka Sanni set a school record and came close to an NCAA record as the West Virginia University women’s basketball team defeated Kennesaw State, 100-60, Wednesday night at the WVU Coliseum.

    Sanni shot a perfect 13 of 13 from the field to set the school record for field goal percentage in a game, which was previously held by Alexis Basil, who made 11 of 12 in a 1984 game at Pitt. The NCAA record for field goal percentage in a game is 16 of 16 by Missouri State’s Kelly Mago in 1988.

    Finishing the game with a career-high 28 points, Sanni led all scorers while also matching a career high in rebounds with a team-best 10.

    Sanni’s performance, along with the entire team shooting 59.4 percent (38-64) from the field, helped bolster the Mountaineers’ team field goal percentage which ranks fourth in the nation.

    West Virginia (7-2) was actually trailing in the game early before securing its first 100-point game in three seasons. The last time WVU scored 100 points was a 100-84 win over Miami on Feb. 15, 2003.

    Down 19-8 with 13:25 left in the first half, West Virginia erupted on a 17-4 run covering just 3:46. The Mountaineers never trailed again as their lead swelled to 45-31 by halftime.

    Junior guard Meg Bulger also scored 25 points for the Mountaineers on 9-19 shooting, while classmates Britney Davis-White and Tameka Kelly posted 15 and 10 points, respectively.

    Freshman guard Sarah Bucar set a personal best for WVU with eight assists.

    Kennesaw State (1-6) shot 37.1 percent (23-62) from the field and turned the ball over 21 times compared to the Mountaineers’ 15. Shavonder Clarke paced the Owls with 24 points and 14 rebounds, as the team’s only scorer in double figures.

    West Virginia returns to action Sunday, Jan. 1, for a non-conference home game against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Tip off at the WVU Coliseum is at 1 p.m.

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