West Virginia 65

(21-10, 11-5 Big East)

Xavier 52

(26-8, 11-3 A 10)

    8:00 PM ET, March 17, 2007

    Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas

    1 2 T
    WVU 31 3465
    XAV 18 3452

    Top Performers

    West Virginia: C. Cole 21 Pts, 12 Reb

    Xavier: A. Harris 19 Pts, 10 Reb

    Sanni's 20 points lead Mountaineers to second round

    Associated Press

    AUSTIN, Texas -- West Virginia outmuscled Xavier and the Mountaineers are moving on.

    West Virginia's Olayinka Sanni controlled the paint, scoring 20 points to lead the 11th-seeded Mountaineers to a 65-52 win Saturday night in the first round of the Fresno Regional.

    Sanni scored 17 in the second half and grabbed eight rebounds in her matchup with 6-foot-5 Amber Harris, who stands four inches taller than Sanni.

    Harris, the Atlantic 10 rookie of the year, had 19 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks for the sixth-seed Musketeers (26-8), but couldn't stop Sanni.

    Chakhia Cole scored 21 points for West Virginia (21-10).

    Defensively, West Virginia held Joei Clyburn, the Atlantic 10 tournament MVP, to four points, all on free throws. Clyburn, who transferred from WVU before the 2005-06 season, managed to get off only one shot the entire game.

    WVU was fourth in Big East and finished with its most regular season wins in 15 years but got off to a slow start, missing seven of its first eight shots.

    The Mountaineers took the lead midway through the first half on Cole's 3-pointer, then closed with a 17-4 run that made it 31-18 by halftime. With Clyburn struggling to get off a shot and Suntana Granderson mired in a 4-of-18 shooting night, Xavier was in a hole the Musketeers couldn't get out of.

    Sanni scored the Mountaineers' first eight points of the second half, muscling past Harris each time, as WVU built a 41-25 lead.

    Struggling to hold her ground under the basket, Harris ended up moving out to launch 3-pointers, where she shot just 29 percent on the season.

    Harris did hit two 3-pointers to help get Xavier within 56-45 with just over four minutes to play but Xavier went 7 of 27 from long range as a team and never threatened a rally. Granderson was 3 of 11.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 65 52
    FG Made-Attempted 24-55 (.436) 15-50 (.300)
    3P Made-Attempted 4-17 (.235) 7-27 (.259)
    FT Made-Attempted 13-18 (.722) 15-22 (.682)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 15 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 17 4

    Game Leaders

    PointsC. Cole 21A. Harris 19
    ReboundsC. Cole 12A. Harris 10


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