Mountaineers crush Marshall

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West Virginia proved early on that swarming defense, accurate long-range shooting and dominant rebounding equated to overpowering an undersized Marshall team.

The Mountaineers led by 22 points at halftime and never looked back en route to clobbering the host Thundering Herd, 82-51, Saturday in the Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic in Charleston, W.Va.

Within the first three minutes, West Virginia forced four missed shots and a turnover, secured four rebounds and jumped to an 8-0 advantage.

West Virginia (8-1) sustained the early edge, continuing to dominate Marshall (3-5) throughout the half.

"For the first eight minutes, we came out and played extremely hard defensively," West Virginia coach Mike Carey said. "That's what we do -- we play hard defense and then we get our offense going. Our defense dictates everything and gets us moving. After that, we hit some threes. I thought they were sagging on Asya Bussie. She moved well inside, and that's a good sign."

Bussie scored 16 points, grabbed five rebounds and was named the game's MVP. Bria Holmes and Taylor Palmer each added 16 points.

Other district

■ Colgate 68, Robert Morris 61: Artemis Spanou notched her 32nd consecutive double-double, posting 16 points and 12 rebounds in a loss for Robert Morris (3-5) at home to Colgate (4-5).

Top 25

■ Tennessee 103, Troy 64: No. 3 Tennessee (9-0) outrebounded Troy (4-5), 74-29, and fell just two boards shy of a single-game school record.

■ Notre Dame 86, Michigan 64: Loyd Jewell scored 20 points, Natalie Achonwa chipped in 18 and No. 4 Notre Dame (9-0) rolled against host Michigan (7-4).

■ Stanford 73, Gonzaga 45: Behind 19 points and seven rebounds from Chiney Ogwumike, No. 6 Stanford (8-1) cruised at home against 23rd-ranked Gonzaga (8-2).

■ Louisville 108, Austin Peay 53: Shoni Schimmel poured in 24 points to lead No. 7 Louisville (10-1) to a victory against visiting Austin Peay (3-6).

■ Maryland 93, Delaware State 44: Alyssa Thomas finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds, leading No. 8 Maryland (10-1) to its eighth consecutive victory with a walloping of visiting Delaware State (3-5).

■ Oklahoma State 75, South Florida 56: Four starters reached double-digit points for No. 14 Oklahoma State (8-0) in a home win against South Florida (5-4).

■ North Carolina 100, Charleston Southern 49: No. 15 North Carolina (8-2) routed visiting Charleston Southern (3-4) behind a 15-point, four-block performance from Xylina McDaniel.

■ Nebraska 63, Creighton 38: Emily Cady scored 14 points, Jordan Hooper grabbed 15 rebounds and host No. 19 Nebraska (8-2) clobbered Creighton (4-5).


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