Dunning Named Athlete of the Week

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  • By Brian Kuppelweiser
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  • December 10, 2012 12:18 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (Dec. 10, 2012) - West Virginia University women’s basketball player Ayana Dunning has been named this week’s Varsity Sports Report Athlete of the Week after her performance in wins against Marshall and St. Bonaventure.

Dunning found herself in early foul trouble against Marshall, but was still able to record her fourth double-digit scoring game this season, as she had 13 points in only 16 minutes. In addition, Dunning also had six rebounds, one steal, two blocked shots and two assists in the win over the Thundering Herd.

Against the Bonnies, Dunning had a season- and game-best 17 points.

The Columbus, Ohio, native is the team’s leading scorer with 11 points per game and leading rebounder with 6.8 rebounds per game.

WVU Student-Athletes of the Week
Week 1: Kailey Utley, Women’s Soccer
Week 2: Frances Silva, Women’s Soccer
Week 3: Evyn McCoy, Volleyball
Week 4: Andy Bevin, Men’s Soccer
Week 5: Kate Schwindel, Women’s Soccer
Week 6: Frances Silva, Women’s Soccer
Week 7: Jordan Hamric, Cross Country
Week 8: Kate Schwindel, Women’s Soccer
Week 9: Rachael Burnett, Women’s Swimming & Diving
Week 10: Amanda Hill, Women’s Soccer
Week 11: Sarah-Anne Brault, Cross Country
Week 12: Ross Renzi, Wrestling
Week 13: Sarah-Anne Brault, Cross Country
Week 14: Petra Zublasing, Rifle
Week 15: Rachael Burnett, Women’s Swimming & Diving
Week 16: Ayana Dunning, Women’s Basketball

Women's Basketball
- This Week in Women’s Basketball
The Mountaineers next face Youngstown State at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16, at the WVU Coliseum.

- Last Week in Women’s Basketball
WVU went 2-0 last week with a neutral site win over Marshall, 64-48, at the Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic in Charleston, W.Va., on Tuesday … Bria Holmes was named West Virginia’s MVP of the game at the, as she led all players with a career-high 15 points off the bench … the Mountaineers closed out the week with a 67-47 win over St. Bonaventure at the Coliseum on Saturday.

- Notes & Quotes
Ayana Dunning leads the Mountaineers in scoring and rebounding, as she averages 11.0 points per game and 6.8 rebounds per game … behind Dunning, Christal Caldwell and Taylor Palmer round out WVU’s top three scorers with 10.1 and 10.0 points per game, respectively … true freshman Bria Holmes has come off the bench to lead WVU in scoring twice this season and is the fourth-leading scorer with 8.0 points per game … WVU is now 6-0 when it holds opponents under 50 points … WVU’s win over St. Bonaventure was the first of a four-game home stretch.

Track & Field
- This Week in Track and Field
The West Virginia University track and field team is off for the next month … the team returns to action on Jan. 12 for a meet at Kent State in Kent, Ohio.

- Last Week in Track and Field
The Mountaineers were idle.

- Notes & Quotes
At the Marty Pushkin Classic on Dec. 1, junior Stormy Nesbit and senior Heather Adams posted record-setting performances … Nesbit posted the fourth-best triple jump performance in school history with a mark of 11.89 meters … Adams recorded the third-best weight throw in school history at 16.53 meters … junior Chene Townsend also had a solid start to the season by taking first in two events for the Mountaineers in the 60-meter dash (7.75) and the 60-meter hurdles (8.86) … WVU took the top three spots in the 400-meter dash, with junior Shakiyla Cosby winning the race with a time of 59.80 and freshman Hannah Stone placing third with a time of 1:04.45 … freshman Brianna Kerekes ran unattached and came in second in the race with a time of 1:01.53 … in the field events, WVU won all the events it was entered in, with Stone leading the way with a first-place finish in the high jump (1.70m) … the Mountaineers took the top four spots in the pole vault, with junior Katlyn Shelar competing unattached and winning the event with a mark of 3.75 meters … freshman Kiley Defibaugh placed second and senior Lindsay Kopenhaver and sophomore Caitlin Walton finished tied for third.

- This Week in Wrestling
WVU is set to compete in the Reno Tournament of Champions, which will take place at the Reno Events Center on Sunday, Dec. 16.

- Last Week in Wrestling
The Mountaineers were idle.

- Notes & Quotes
In last year’s Reno Tournament of Champions, two WVU wrestlers placed … junior Lance Bryson placed third last season, while junior Nathan Pennesi placed fifth … Bryson defeated four ranked opponents on his way to his fifth-place effort last season … those expected to compete this week include Shane Young, Colin Johnston, Nathan Pennesi, Brutus Scheffel, Tre Miller-Scott, Jason Luster, Dom Prezzia, Ross Renzi, Bubba Scheffel, Christian Chirico, Lance Bryson, Mark Colabucci, A.J. Vizcarrondo, Nick Hylton and Phil Mandzik.

Swimming & Diving
- This Week in Swimming & Diving
Both teams are idle this week.

- Last Week in Swimming & Diving
Both teams were idle last week.

- Notes & Quotes
Both teams have a plethora of athletes in the top five of the Big 12 swimming rankings … senior Rachael Burnett leads the way with the top conference times in the 500 free (4:41.37) and 1650 free (16:09.92), while sitting at No. 4 in the 200 free (1:47.35) … junior Danielle Smith is No. 2 in the 100 back (54.02) and 200 back (1:58.62), while senior Nikki Vetterlein is No. 4 in the 200 back (2:00.40) … senior Mandie Nugent leads the fly events with a No. 1 ranking in the 200 fly (1:58.10) and No. 4 ranking in the 100 fly (54.24), while sophomore Julie Ogden is No. 5 in the 100 fly (54.71) … senior Brenna McCann is ranked No. 4 and No. 5 in the 200 IM (2:02.18) and 200 breast (2:16.24), respectively … rounding out the women’s rankings is sophomore Jenelle Zee, who is No. 5 in the 100 breast (1:02.33) … sophomore Christopher Brill leads the men with a No. 3 ranking in the 200 breast (2:03.07) and No. 5 ranking in the 100 breast (56.84) … sophomore Nathan Cobbe is ranked No. 5 in the 200 free (1:39.34), while sophomore Julien Vialette is No. 5 in the 50 free (20.27).

- This Week in Rifle
The No. 1-ranked West Virginia rifle team continues their winter break.

- Last Week in Rifle
The Mountaineers were idle.

- Notes & Quotes
The team finished their fall slate with a ranking of No. 1, a 9-0 overall record and 4-0 GARC record ... the team returns to action on Jan. 19, as they welcome Nebraska to the WVU Rifle Range.