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WVU Women’s Basketball Rolls Past Charlotte 84-56

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WVU Basketball Casmir Chavis

WVU Women’s Basketball continued their dominant start to the season on Friday, moving to 5-0 on the year after crushing the Charlotte 49ers 84-56 at the San Juan Shootout in Puerto Rico.

After an ugly shooting performance on Thanksgiving, the Mountaineers rebounded to make 46.4 of their shots from the field. The Mountaineers forced a whopping 30 turnovers, but their stout defensive play came at a cost: they also racked up 27 fouls. Foul trouble plagued key contributors early on, but it didn’t seem to matter as West Virginia built a sizable lead in the second quarter and never looked back.

Jordan Harrison earned a double-double, scoring 18 points and logging ten assists in 27 minutes.

Charlotte took a 20-19 lead into the second quarter, but the 49ers committed ten turnovers before the half — most of them unforced — to help the Mountaineers take the lead.

Starting guard JJ Quinerly picked up her third and fourth fouls of the game with four minutes to go in the first half, charged with technical and personal fouls 11 seconds apart. West Virginia clung to a 28-25 lead after head coach Mark Kellogg was forced to pull Quinerly from the game.

The Mountaineers took over late, though, going on a 15-4 run into the half. Their dominant defense continued in the third quarter, as they limited the 49ers to just four points in the first 7:31 of the half, building a commanding 57-34 lead.

Quinerly re-entered the game to start the fourth, eventually fouling out midway through the period. By then, the Mountaineers led by so much that it didn’t even matter.

WVU Women’s Basketball continues the San Juan Shootout on Sunday at 10 am against Southern Illinois.

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