Nov. 12, 2010
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Miriam McKenzie scored 11, and Nicole Krusen added 10 in her collegiate debut but 11th-ranked West Virginia beat the visiting Loyola University Maryland, 80-49, in the women's basketball season-opener for both programs.
"We are very proud about how we fought tonight," said Head Coach Joe Logan. "At times we played a little selfishly where we had kick outs and didn't take them and tried to force a few things and lost the ball or traveled."
McKenzie led the way for Loyola (0-1 overall) with 11 points, making 7-of-8 from the free-throw line, while Krusen and Erica DiClemente each scored 10. Meredith Tolley and Katie Sheahin led theGreyhounds with seven rebounds each.
Loyola had 33 turnovers to West Virginia's 19, and the Greyhounds shot 35-percent from the field, while the Mountaineers shot 46-percent. West Virginia outrebounded Loyola by five, 36-31.
"We think if we can get that same effort for rebounding we will be okay," Logan said. "The thing that really hurts is the 33 turnovers. We got to clean that up but we are happy about our fight."
West Virginia (1-0) was led by Liz Repella who had 18 points and nine rebounds.
Loyola came within one at 14-13 with a 3-pointer by Krusen early in the first half, and the Greyhounds then took the lead 15-14 on a Krusen lay-up.
"She is capable of doing that," said Logan about Krusen. "If we can find her and give her the ball she can knock down shots. We just have to find her."
The Mountaineers, however, regained the lead on a basket by Repella and never looked back. West Virginia closed the first half up 31-25.
In the second half, Loyola came within six, 40-34, with a lay-up by Alyssa Sutherland, but West Virginia pulled away for good.
The Greyhounds play their home opener in Reitz Arena Sunday against La Salle at 5 p.m.
"It is going to be a battle about who is the tougher team," said Logan. "It will be nice to be home on Sunday. We just got to rest up. They are a talented team with a new coach. They will be ready for us. "