INTERVIEW WITH ASYA BUSSIE
INTERVIEW WITH MIKE CAREY
HARTFORD, Conn. - No. 5 seed West Virginia (22-8) topped No. 12 seed Syracuse (18-14) by the score of 63-48 in the Second Round of the 2012 BIG EAST women's basketball Championship presented by American Eagle Outfitters.
Junior Asya Bussie scored a team-high 13 points to lead the Mountaineers. Redshirt junior Ayanna Dunning contributed nine points and seven boards.
West Virginia went into halftime with an 11-point lead and expanded upon that when Bussie converted back-to-back buckets to spark a 9-4 run at the beginning of the second half. The run stretched the Mountaineer lead to 41-25 lead with 17:09 to play.
Coming into the game, Syracuse and West Virginia ranked as the top two rebounding teams in the BIG EAST conference. The Mountaineers edged the Orange on the boards, 43-42.
The Mountaineers scored 24 points at the free throw line in 33 attempts, while SU was 7-of-10 at the charity stripe.
The teams were within one of each other in field goals (19-18 WVU), 3-pointers (3-3), and rebounds (43-42 WVU).
The Orange were led by led by junior Carmen Tyson-Thomas, who had 15 points and seven rebounds.
It is the fifth straight year West Virginia has won its opening game of the BIG EAST tournament. WVU improves to 14-15 all-time in BIG EAST tournament action.
With the win, West Virginia will play No. 4 seed Georgetown on Sunday at 12 p.m. ET. WVU lost to Georgetown 64-54 on Jan. 24, 2012 in Morgantown. The teams met once previously in the tournament. GU beat WVU 79-60 on March 2, 1997 in Storrs, Conn.