Caldwell Named Athlete of the Week

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  • By Abby Norman
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  • January 14, 2013 12:13 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia University women’s basketball player Christal Caldwell has been named this week’s Varsity Sports Report athlete of the week after guiding her team to its first Big 12 wins against Texas and Kansas State.

Caldwell was a key factor in taking the final lead and guiding WVU to a win in each of its two wins last week. WVU was trailing by five to Texas late in the second half, when Caldwell hit a jumper, followed by a 3-pointer, to tie the game for the final time.

Against Kansas State, the Mountaineers made a 15-2 run in the final eight minutes with eight points coming from Caldwell in that run.

Caldwell added 16 points in the win over Texas and led the Mountaineers with 19 points at Kansas State. Caldwell also led WVU on the boards at K-State with a season-best nine rebounds. Caldwell now leads WVU in scoring with 12.2 points per game.

WVU Student-Athletes of the Week
Week 1: Christal Caldwell, Women’s Basketball

Women’s Basketball

-This Week in Women’s Basketball
The Mountaineers return home for a 7 p.m. matchup with TCU on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the WVU Coliseum and will close out the week on the road with an 8 p.m. matchup with defending National and Big 12 Champions Baylor on Saturday, Jan. 19, in the Ferrell Center … Tuesday’s game will be broadcast live on Root Sports.

-Last Week in Women’s Basketball
WVU went 2-0 last week with Big 12 wins over Texas, 53-49, at home on Wednesday, followed by a 66-52 road win at Kansas State on Saturday … the 14-point win over Kansas State is WVU’s largest scoring margin in conference play this season … prior to K-State, WVU had closed out each of its first three Big 12 games by four points or less.

-Notes & Quotes
The Mountaineers continue to lead the league in holding opponents to only 25.1 percent from 3-point range and will face TCU this week, who is third in the league with 7.7 threes made per game … after averaging 16 points per game last week, junior guard Christal Caldwell now leads all WVU players in scoring with 12.2 points per game … the Mountaineers have three players averaging scoring numbers in double figures with Taylor Palmer averaging 11.9 points per game and Ayana Dunning averaging 10.9 points per game.

Track and Field

-This Week in Track and Field
The West Virginia University track and field team will host its second indoor meet of the 2012-13 season with the WVU Invitational … the meet will take place in the WVU Shell Building in Morgantown, W.Va., with field events starting at 9 a.m.

-Last Week in Track and Field
The Mountaineers resumed their 2012-13 season on Saturday, Jan. 12, with the Doug Raymond Invitational at Kent State … WVU took first in three events and posted two top 5 all-time program best scores in the high jump and weight throw.

-Notes & Quotes
In her first meet of the indoor season, senior Stephanie Aldea took first in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:13.82 at Kent State … finishing just behind Aldea in the 800-meter run, freshman Christa D’Egidio placed second with a time of 2:19.88, while sophomore Shannen Daly finished sixth and senior Hallie Portner and junior Allison Tyree finish ninth and tenth, respectively … freshman Peyton Hampson placed first in the 1,000-meter run with a time of 3:03.22 … the distance medley team of Hampson, juniors Sarah Martinelli and Arielle Gaither and freshman Kelly Williams also took first place with a time of 12:15.49 … junior Chene Townsend posted a second place finish in the 60-meter hurdles with a season-best time of 8.58 … Townsend also took ninth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.69 … senior Sydney Cummings placed second in the high jump and tied the fifth best jump in program history with a clearance of 1.73 meters … senior Heather Adams also finished strong by recording the fourth-best throw in program history of 16.72 meters in the weight throw.


-This Week in Wrestling
The West Virginia University wrestling team will open Big 12 action, as it takes on No. 2 Oklahoma State (8-0) on Friday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m. EST and No. 14 Oklahoma (3-2) on Sunday, Jan. 20, at 2 p.m. EST.

-Last Week in Wrestling
The Mountaineers were defeated by Lock Haven, 19-15, on Jan. 6.

-Notes & Quotes
WVU’s loss to the Bald Eagles was its first in the previous eight seasons to its former Eastern Wrestling League foe … Shane Young (125), Nathan Pennesi (141), Jason Luster (157) and Bubba Scheffel (174) were the only Mountaineer grapplers to score victories in the dual meet … WVU held a 13-8 takedown advantage in the loss … Scheffel, who improved his record to 6-1 this season, pinned his opponent for his third win by fall of the season … Pennesi scored his team-leading 16th win of the season … Luster’s 3-2 decision win was the first dual meet victory of his career.

Swimming and Diving

-This Week in Swimming & Diving
The squad will host TCU on Friday, Jan. 18, in the first-ever Big 12 swimming meet … action is set to begin at 5 p.m. in the WVU Natatorium … a live video stream, as well as live results will be available on WVUsports.com.

-Last Week in Swimming & Diving
Both teams fell at Pitt in dual meet action last Saturday … the women fell 182-118, while the men lost 217-63.

-Notes & Quotes
The meet started with a win by the 200 medley relay team of Courtney Miller, Jenelle Zee, Julie Ogden and Jamiee Gillmore … Rachael Burnett strung together back-to-back first-place finishes in the 1000 free and 200 free, while Jenelle Zee (100 breast), Mandie Nugent (200 fly) and Julie Ogden (100 fly) all registered first-place finishes … the diving squad was led by Haily VandePoel, who finished first on both the 1-meter and 3-meter boards … Julian Vialette picked up the lone men’s individual win with a first-place finish in the 50 free.

“We had a few obstacles to overcome, but the team gave it their all and that was evident. Our seniors did a great job and we know they would have liked to finish with a win.” – Coach Vic Riggs


-This Week in Rifle
The No. 1-ranked West Virginia University rifle team resumes its season as it takes on No. 7 Nebraska on Saturday, Jan. 19 … the match is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m.

-Last Week in Rifle
The Mountaineers were idle.

-Notes & Quotes
After a successful fall season, WVU finished ranked No. 1 with a 9-0 overall record and 4-0 GARC record … the Mountaineers last competed at the 2012 USA Shooting Winter Air Gun Championships, on Nov. 30 – Dec. 2, in Colorado Springs, Colo. … senior Petra Zublasing finished as the top shooter in the women’s 10m air rifle each day and as the overall top shooter and high visitor, with an aggregate score of 1195 … freshman Garrett Spurgeon saw success each day as well … the Canton, Mo., native, finished sixth overall with an aggregate score of 1766 … sophomore Meelis Kiisk finished 16th overall with the men’s high visitor mark of 1748 and received the high visitor score each day.


-This Week in Women’s Tennis
WVU opens it 2013 spring season, as it takes on Ohio State on Saturday, Jan. 19, at noon at the Ridgeview Racquet Club.

-Last Week in Women’s Tennis
The Mountaineers were idle.

-Notes & Quotes
WVU returns two starters from a squad that finished the year with a 4-16 mark overall and 1-6 in the Big East … senior Emily Mathis finished the fall season with a 12-8 combined mark, which was the good enough for the team lead in victories … also earning double-digit wins during the fall season was freshman Vivian Tsui, who compiled 10 wins … senior Audrey Wooland, who transferred from Louisiana-Lafayette, completed the fall season with a 9-9 mark.


-This Week in Gymnastics
The No. 22 Mountaineers continue their season-opening road trip and travel to No. 15 Utah to battle the Utes, No. 20 Southern Utah and No. 23 Oregon State on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 9 p.m. ET, at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City.

-Last Week in Gymnastics
The Mountaineers (1-0) opened their 2012 season with a solid 194.675-193.55 win at Pitt on Jan. 11 … WVU scored victories on three events, winning vault (48.925-48.15), beam (48.15-47.675) and floor (49.025-48.975) … Pitt took bars, 48.75-48.575 … senior Alaska Richardson earned two event wins – vault (9.825) and floor (9.9) … Richardson’s floor score tied her career best … junior Hope Sloanhoffer tied Richardson for the vault win … junior Erica Smith and freshman Jaida Lawrence paced WVU and tied for second on bars with 9.775 scores, while senior Kaylyn Millick won beam with a 9.775 mark.

-Notes & Quotes
WVU’s score was its best mark in a road season opener … the Mountaineers improved to 53-12-2 over the Panthers … the meet was the first nonconference match-up between the two former EAGL foes since 1996 … WVU improved to 2-1 in season openers under second-year coach Jason Butts …the team’s floor mark matched its fourth-best output from the 2012 season … three gymnasts scored 9.8 or better on vault … Millick finished fourth on floor with a 9.825 score, the meet’s second-best mark … Lawrence was solid in her first career meet, also scoring 9.75 on floor and 9.725 on vault … freshman Melissa Idell also made her Mountaineer debut and tallied 9.775 on floor … Saturday’s meeting will only be the second all-time between WVU and Utah … the Utes defeated WVU, 193.0-185.55, in Salt Lake City in 1990 … the Mountaineers are 3-1 all-time vs. Southern Utah and 0-2 vs. Oregon State.