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St. Francis befuddled by Mountaineers' defense in loss

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- Yinka Sanni had 14 points and 11 rebounds to lead West Virginia to an 81-29 win over St. Francis, Pa., on Friday.

It was largest margin of victory in five years for the Mountaineers (No. 20 ESPN/USA Today, No. 19 AP).

West Virginia (2-0) opened the game with a 17-0 run and held St. Francis scoreless until Whitney Robinson hit a field goal with 13:31 left in the half.

St. Francis (1-2) was confused by West Virginia's smothering defense and switching in and out of a press. The Red Flash had two shot clock violations in the first five minutes.

By the time St. Francis scored, West Virginia had already inserted its first substitute, Meg Bulger, who hit consecutive 3-pointers to push the Mountaineers' lead to 23-2.

West Virginia extended its lead to 46-12 at the break with a 19-0 run led by Chakia Cole with six points and Sanni with four points.

St. Francis committed 17 first-half turnovers and had scoring droughts of 6:29 and 10:06.

St. Francis narrowed the gap to 30 points in the second half but never got closer. Samantha Leach led St. Francis with 10 points.

Bulger scored 11 points and Sparkle Davis added nine for the Mountaineers.