Austin: WVU Rolls to Halftime Lead

By Jean Neuberger - March 17, 2007


We might have our first upset tonight in the making in Austin.

#11 West Virginia started burning the nets to close the first half, while Xavier continued its shooting woes, and the result is a 13-point Mountaineer lead at the half, 31-18.

Some quick stats at the half.

FG Shooting:
Xavier: 6-25
WVU: 11-32

First thing Xavier Coach Kevin McGuff needs to say at the half: Keep shooting...XU needs to shoot their way out of this miserable slump.

Rebounds:
Xavier: 18
WVU: 22

Big reason for the late West Virginia run. The Moutaineers started to take control of the boards, and it's paid off.

FT Shooting:
Xavier: 4-8
WVU: 5-6

Again, shooting slump for XU. Gotta hit the shots that can't be defended.

Turnovers:
Xavier: 9
WVU: 7

Ball control by Xavier needs to be a little better, especially from their guards, who have a combined 6 turnovers at the half.

PLAYER OF THE HALF: Chakhia Cole, West Virginia
Cole's shooting just 5-10 from the field, but she leads all players with 15 points and 7 rebounds, and has been the spark in the Mountaineer attack.

Second half is just eight minutes away here in Austin...do we have an upset on our hands?

Posted by Jean Neuberger at 08:56 PM on March 17, 2007
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