MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -
After two strong performances last weekend, sophomore Tynice Martin
of the West Virginia University women’s basketball team and senior Dylan Cottrell
of the wrestling team have been named the WVU Student-Athletes of the Week, presented by University Apartments.
Martin averaged 23.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game in West Virginia’s victories over Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Martin tallied 17 points and corralled six rebounds in WVU’s 73-54 regular-season finale victory. She followed that performance with knocking down seven field goals, including four three-pointers, to finish with 21 points in WVU’s 82-58 win over No. 3-seed Oklahoma in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship quarterfinal game. In the semifinal matchup against Texas, the Atlanta sophomore powered her way to 29 points, including four three-pointers and a perfect 5-of-5 from the charity stripe. Nine of Martin’s 29 points were scored in the fourth quarter, as the sixth-seeded Mountaineers clinched a berth to the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship final for the second time in four seasons. Through 32 games, Martin is averaging 18.2 points per game, which ranks second in the Big 12.
Cottrell won a 5-4 decision over No. 8-ranked Chandler Rogers of Oklahoma State in the 165-pound finals of the 2017 Big 12 Wrestling Championship to become the first-ever Big 12 champion in WVU program history. Cottrell, ranked No. 10 in the nation, entered the tournament as the No. 2 seed and went undefeated. He picked up an 8-1 decision over Iowa State’s Logan Brietenbach in the quarterfinals to advance to the semifinals. Cottrell then downed North Dakota State’s Andrew Fogarty in an 11-4 decision in the semis to reach the finals. The Spencer, West Virginia, native qualified for his third NCAA Championship with his finish at Big 12s.
This Week in Women’s Basketball: Sixth-seeded West Virginia (22-10) faces No. 2-ranked and top-seeded Baylor in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championships Final on Monday, March 6, in a 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT tip at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma … Monday’s contest is televised nationally on FS1 … Dan Zangrilli and Meg Bulger will have the call on the Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG … fans can access the radio broadcast on affiliates across the state, WVUsports.com, TuneIn and the WVU Gameday app.
Last Week in Women’s Basketball:
WVU closed out the regular season last Monday with a 73-54 win over Kansas to finish 8-10 and place sixth in the Big 12 Conference … as the No. 6-seed, the Mountaineers upended No. 3-seed Oklahoma, 82-58, and advanced to their second consecutive semifinal appearance … Tynice Martin
led the team with 21 points, while Teana Muldrow
added 19 points and a team-best eight rebounds … West Virginia fought its way to a 62-59 win over No. 2-seed Texas to advance to the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship for the second time in four years … Martin poured in a game-high 29 points, including four three-point makes … Katrina Pardee
made 4-of-5 from the field and knocked down 3-of-3 from three-point range to finish with 13 points.
WVU’s win over Oklahoma was the first time West Virginia has upset a higher seed in the Big 12 Championship … West Virginia had a program tournament-best 48 points at halftime, the first team to do so since 2008 (Texas, 52) ... WVU’s quarterfinal win was the fifth time in the Big 12 Championship that a No. 6 seed has upset a No. 3 seed in the second round, and only the second time in the last 13 years (Texas, 2015) … with a 24-point win over the Sooners, it was the largest margin of victory in a postseason conference championship for West Virginia in the Big 12 Championship to date … WVU’s Chania Ray
had 10 assists against Oklahoma, marking the fourth time this season she reached double-figure assists … Texas and West Virginia met for the third time in the Big 12 Championship, and have split the previous two meetings in the semifinals of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship (Texas 67-51, 2016; WVU 67-60, 2014) … the No. 2 and No. 6 seed have met five times in the Big 12 Championship semifinals, with the No. 6 seed continuing to lead the series 4-1 … the last time a No. 2 beat a No. 6 was in 2002 (Baylor 91, Iowa State 83) … the last time a No. 6 defeated a No. 2 was in 2015 (Texas 59, Oklahoma 46) ... the Oklahoma Sooners in 2004 are the only No. 6 seed to win a title game … the three-point win by West Virginia was the smallest margin of victory in the semifinals since 2008 (OSU 75, UT 72) … No. 1 Baylor and No. 6 West Virginia will meet for only the second time in Big 12 Championship history, both times in the finals ... In 2014, No. 1 Baylor edged No. 2 West Virginia, 74-71 … Baylor is a perfect 7-0 as the No. 1 seed in the Big 12 Championship game … the Lady Bears are 8-2 overall in the conference championship, and have won six-straight titles … Coach Mike Carey will lead West Virginia to its second appearance in the Big 12 Championship finals since joining the conference in 2012-13 … the Mountaineers improve to 6-4 all time in the tournament … West Virginia held Texas to a Big 12 Championship single-game record of five points in the second quarter en route to a 31-26 halftime lead … the Mountaineers, who held the Longhorns to 1-of-10 shooting from the field in the second quarter, are 22-1 when leading at the half this season … WVU sophomore Tynice Martin
was the top scorer in the contest with 29 points, her personal tournament best and her second-straight 20+ point performance … WVU had four players in double figures in Katrina Pardee
(13), Chania Ray
(10) and Teana Muldrow
Quote from coach Mike Carey after Sunday’s win over Texas: “Give credit to Texas. Man, they come right at us, beginning of the game. We weren’t ready for that quickness in the beginning of the game and then we kind of settled down in the second quarter. Then, they came right back at us the third quarter and then we settled down a little bit. Give our players a lot of credit, too. They’re playing a lot of minutes and that last five minutes we kept talking about you’ve got to have heart. Who wants it more? Who wants it more? Both teams played hard, and we’re really happy to get the win.”
This Week in Gymnastics: The No. 22-ranked Mountaineers close their regular-season slate at No. 3 Florida on Friday, March 10, at 6:45 p.m., inside the Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.
Last Week in Gymnastics:
WVU (12-7, 2-1) went 4-2 on the weekend … the Mountaineers opened with a sweep at Pitt on March 3, scoring 195.7 and defeating the Panthers (195.375), Michigan State (194.6) and Towson (194.4) … the team then wrapped up its home regular-season schedule at the WVU Coliseum with a third place, 195.8 showing on March 5, falling to No. 16 George Washington (196.375) and No. 24 Eastern Michigan (196.225), and defeating the Panthers (194.2) … junior Zaakira Muhammad
finished first overall on Friday, scoring 39.375 … she also placed first on bars with a career-best 9.9 … sophomore Kirah Koshinski
won vault (9.95) and floor (9.85) at Pitt … freshman Abby Kaufman
and senior Brooklyn Doggette
paced on beam at Pitt with third place, 9.85 scores … on Sunday, the Mountaineers won floor with a season-high 49.375 showing, their top mark on any event this season … Koshinski tallied her second 9.95 of the season on the event and took the win … Muhammad paced on bars and vault and finished in third (9.85) and fourth (9.85) place, respectively … Kaufmann tallied a career-high 9.9 on beam and finished second overall.
The Mountaineers returned to the Road to Nationals Rankings today and sit at No. 22, their second-best ranking of the season … four freshmen combined for six career highs on Sunday, including a second-place showing on floor (9.925) from Chloe Cluchey
… Doggette set career highs on beam in both meets, finishing third on Sunday with a 9.875 score … following Sunday’s competition, WVU honored its three senior gymnasts: Doggette, Alexa Goldberg
and Mackenzie Myers.
This Week in Track and Field: The Mountaineers will have two weeks to regroup before beginning the outdoor slate. … WVU’s first competition is set for March 16-18 at the 49er Classic in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Last Week in Track and Field: West Virginia did not compete last week.
This Week in Wrestling: The Mountaineers are off until the 2017 Division I Wrestling Championships, which will be held at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis from March 16-18.
Last Week in Wrestling:
The Mountaineers competed in the 2017 Big 12 Wrestling Championship this past weekend … the event was held at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on March 4-5 … Dylan Cottrell
won a 5-4 decision over Oklahoma State’s Chandler Rogers at 165 pounds to become the program’s first-ever Big 12 Champions … Jacob A. Smith
qualified for the finals at 197 pounds, but was injured in the first period and fell to Preston Weigel … he finished as the runner-up … both Cottrell and Smith qualified for the 2017 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in St. Louis … Parker VonEgidy
took home fourth place at 184 pounds … Joe Wheeling
finished fifth at 141 pounds at the event … WVU took seventh place at the tournament.
Notes: Dylan Cottrell
became the first-ever Big 12 champion for the Mountaineers with his win at 165 … Cottrell and Jacob A. Smith
qualified for the 2017 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championship … Cottrell ranks No. 10 in the nation via InterMat and No. 15 by FloWrestling … he is also No. 11 in the NCAA Coaches’ Panel Rankings and No. 7 in RPI … Smith finished as the Big 12 runner-up for the second time in three seasons … he ranks No. 5 in both wrestling publications … Smith ranks at No. 5 in the Coaches’ Panel Rankings and is No. 8 in RPI … Smith qualified for his third straight NCAA Championships … Cottrell is also a three-time qualifier … he previously competed at 149 (2014) and 157 (2016).
Coach Sammie Henson on senior Dylan Cottrell winning the Big 12 Championship:
“I’m so incredibly proud of Dylan and everything he’s been able to accomplish, on and off the mat, as a Mountaineer. He’s been a leader on this team for the past two years. He battled through an injury this season, and came back to win. It’s fitting that a homegrown Mountaineer is our first-ever Big 12 Champion, and we couldn’t be happier for him.”
This Week in Rifle: The No. 2-ranked Mountaineers shoot for their fifth straight NCAA title at the 2017 NCAA Rifle Championships, set for March 10-11, at the Ohio State University French Field House, in Columbus, Ohio.
Last Week in Rifle: WVU (12-0, 8-0) did not compete last week.
The Mountaineers own a nation-best 19 NCAA titles … sophomore Ginny Thrasher
is the defending NCAA air rifle and smallbore champion … five shooters will represent WVU this weekend: Thrasher, senior Jean-Pierre Lucas
, junior Elizabeth Gratz
and freshmen Milica Babic
and Morgan Phillips
… most recently, WVU earned the Great America Rifle Conference Championship with a 4725 score on Feb. 25 … WVU’s current string of national championships began at Ohio State, as the Mountaineers earned the 2013 NCAA National Championships on March 9, with a 4679 score.
This Week in Swimming and Diving: Seven members of the West Virginia University diving team will travel to Blacksburg, Virginia, to compete at the NCAA Zone A Diving Championships, from March 6-8 ... swimming has off this week.
Last Week in Swimming and Diving: The Mountaineers were idle from competition.
Notes: Events are set to begin on Monday, March 6, starting with the women’s 3-meter and the men’s 1-meter at noon, ET ... competition picks back up on Tuesday, March 7, with the men’s 3-meter and the women’s 1-meter, at noon, ET ... competition concludes on Wednesday, March 8, with the women’s platform at 11 a.m. ET and the men’s platform at 2 p.m. ET.
Coach Michael Grapner on the NCAA Zone A Diving Championships: “Zones are a different meet than what we had last week at the Big 12 Championship. This is a much bigger diving event than we have seen all year, but based on the performance from last week, I think the divers are ready. One big factor to help with our success is having so many divers here this week. Three girls and four boys gives us strength in numbers. With so many divers in the competition, it’s important for the divers to focus only on their dives, and do it one dive at a time.”
This Week in Tennis: The Mountaineers (4-6) will open Big 12 Conference play with a road trip to Iowa State on Saturday, March 11 … first serve is slated to begin at 3 p.m. ET/ 2 p.m. CT.
Last Week in Tennis:
WVU fell to Indiana, 4-3, in Bloomington, Indiana, at the IU Tennis Center on Saturday … the Mountaineers opened the match by winning all three doubles contests to secure the doubles point … the Hoosiers then went on four of the six doubles matches to win the match 4-3 … junior Habiba Shaker
and freshman Sofia Duran were the only victors in singles play for the Mountaineers.
Senior Kaja Mrgole
and freshman Christina Jordan
were able to knock off No. 19 ranked Madison Appel and Kim Schmider on the first court to secure the doubles point for the Mountaineers … the win marked the first doubles victory over a ranked opponent all season … Duran has now started her career at WVU with a perfect 3-0 in singles play and 6-1 record overall … Shaker leads the Mountaineers leads WVU with a 7-3 record at the No. 1 slot ... Paula Goetz
and Yvon Martinez
pace the Mountaineers with a 4-2 record in doubles play.
This Week in Golf: WVU will continue the Tiger Invitational in Alabama on Monday … the tournament was originally set for Sunday through Tuesday, but was shortened to two days due to poor weather conditions expected this week … players will finish the second round and embark on the third round on Monday afternoon ... The squad will then play in the Seminole Intercollegiate from Friday to Sunday in Tallahassee, Florida.
Last Week in Golf:
The Mountaineers started play at the Tiger Invitational Presented by Jason Dufner on Sunday … the tournament was originally scheduled to run March 5-7 at Grand National Lakes Course in Opelika, Alabama … Chris Williams
, Tristan Nicholls
, Max Sear
, Alan Cooke
and Etienne Papineau
represented WVU at the tournament.
Following a schedule change that shifted the tournament from a three-day format to just two days, play was halted due to darkness midway through the second round of the Tiger Invitational … the Mountaineers shot a 295 in the first round to T-15th, and are currently five under par through nine holes of the second round on the Grand National Lakes Course … they are two over on the day … Chris Williams
is tied for seventh through the first six holes of the second round … he shot even with a 72 in the first round, and has registered a trio of birdies to sit three under par in the second.
Coach Sean Covich after play was suspended play at the Tiger Invitational on Saturday: “A lot of golf still to be played in this event, but we are off to a good start in round two. Unfortunately, play was suspended when some of our guys were playing their best. We will need to finish off round two the way we started.”
This Week in WVU Baseball: West Virginia concludes a week-long stay in Louisiana with two games at Southeastern Louisiana on March 7-8 … First pitch on both Tuesday and Wednesday will be at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT … The Mountaineers conclude the 12-game roadtrip, and a season-opening 16-game stretch away from home, with a series at Old Dominion from March 10-12 … The opener is set for 6 p.m. ET, while Saturday’s game begins at 3 p.m. and first pitch of Sunday’s finale will be at 1 p.m.
Last Week in Baseball: West Virginia went 3-2 last week, with all five games away from home … The Mountaineers opened the week with a 4-1 victory at No. 18 Coastal Carolina on Feb. 27, capping a perfect 4-0 weekend at the Caravelle Resort Tournament in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina … WVU then began a 12-day, nine-game roadtrip with an 8-1 victory at Nicholls on March 2 … The win was WVU’s sixth in a row, a streak that included two wins over ranked teams … On March 3, WVU began a series at Tulane with a 9-8 loss … WVU rallied from down 7-0 to tie the game at 8-8, but ultimately lost in the bottom of the ninth … On March 2, West Virginia was shut out for the first time this season with a 6-0 loss … The Mountaineers won the series finale at Tulane, 18-5 on March 3, scoring 18 runs on 20 hits.
West Virginia started the season 6-2 and won six in a row … WVU’s 6-2 start followed a 5-1 start last season, the first time since 2006-07 the Mountaineers started back-to-back seasons with at least five wins in their first seven games … Darius Hill
has hit safely in every game this year and has a career-long 13 game hitting streak … After scoring 18 runs in Sunday’s win at Tulane and 22 runs on Feb. 25 at No. 18 Coastal Carolina, WVU has scored 18 or more runs twice in a season for the first time since 2010, when the Mountaineers scored more than 20 runs twice … In Sunday’s win, Kyle Davis
had a career-best five RBIs, Marques Inman
had a career-high and team-leading four hits, Jimmy Galusky
had a career-best three RBIs and Ivan Gonzalez
had a career-high three RBIs … Cole Austin
hit an inside-the-park home run on March 5, his third home run of the season and seventh of his career and the WVU’s first inside-the-park home run of the year … Isaiah Kearns
hit his first career home run in Sunday’s win … Starter Conner Dotson
improved to 3-0 in three starts this season.