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WVU football signs four junior college players
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia signed four junior college players this week - receivers Ronald Carswell and Kevin White, running back Dreamius Smith and safety Terrell Pinson.
Smith, standing 5-foot-10 and 215 pounds from Butler Community College, ran for 984 yards and 17 touchdowns on 120 carries, an average of 8.2 yards per carry. He chose WVU over Boise State, Kansas State and Oklahoma State, among others.
Carswell, a 6-foot, 180-pound player from Itawamba Community College, caught 44 passes for 429 yards and a touchdown. White, a 6-4, 210-pound player from Lackawanna College, caught 36 passes for 535 yards and six touchdowns this past season.
Pinson is a 6-3, 200-pound safety from Itawamba Community College, recorded 36 tackles, 25 solo, with four interceptions and five pass breakups in 2012.
Duquesne women upset No. 24 West Virginia
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Wumi Agunbiade netted 15 points as the Duquesne women's basketball team pulled an upset over No. 24 West Virginia, escaping with a 62-54 victory.
Agunbiade now has 994 points for her career. Orsi Szecsi added 12 points and Vanessa Abel 10 for the Dukes (11-1).
The win was Duquesne's second over a ranked opponent this year after beating then-No. 17 Delaware on Nov. 14. Duquesne has now beaten four ranked opponents since Coach Suzie McConnell-Serio took over in 2007 after having beaten one in program history previously.
The win was the second straight for Duquesne against West Virginia following an 11-game losing streak in the series from 1995-2011.
Christal Caldwell led the Mountaineers (7-3) with 13 points.
West Virginia shot just 29.8 percent (17 of 57) from the field, including 3 of 11 on 3-point tries, had just five assists and committed 23 turnovers. The Mountaineers did win the rebound battle 48-37.
Sissonville to host Wesbanco Holiday Tournament
SISSONVILLE, W.Va. - The Sissonville High School boys and girls basketball teams will play host to the Wesbanco Holiday Tournament this weekend.
Beginning at 6 p.m. today, Mount View faces Valley-Fayette, followed by Sissonville and Wayne at approximately 7:45.
Saturday's action begins at 1 p.m. with a junior varsity game between Sissonville and Ripley and a girls varsity game between Roane County and Cross Lanes Christian at 3 p.m.
The Sissonville varsity girls battle Valley-Fayette at 4:30 p.m.
The consolation and championship games for the boys are set for 6 and 7:45 p.m. respectively on Saturday.
Victrum, Marshall women drop Furman
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall freshman guard Norrisha Victrum scored a game-high 13 points to lead the Thundering Herd women's basketball team to a 52-46 victory over Furman on Thursday afternoon at the Cam Henderson Center.
Erica Woods, a 5-foot-9 junior guard, had eight points, seven rebounds and four steals for the Herd (6-5), who held a 26-19 lead at halftime. Marshall senior center Leandra King added seven points, nine boards and a career-high five blocked shots.
For the Paladins (3-7), freshman guard Holli Wilkins had 12 points and four rebounds and sophomore forward Brittany Hodges had nine points and 10 boards.
Marshall will host Ohio Valley Conference member Tennessee Tech (5-6) at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Fairmont State hires Woodman as football coach
FAIRMONT, W.Va. - Fairmont State has hired Jason Woodman as the school's new football coach, Athletic Director Rusty Elliott announced Thursday.
Woodman will be introduced at a press conference at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Feaster Center.
Woodman, a 2002 graduate of Fairmont State, spent the previous two seasons as the offensive coordinator for Bowie State. Prior to that, he spent two seasons as the wide receivers coach and special teams coordinator at Concord.
Woodman also was a graduate assistant from 2004-06 at LSU and at Florida State in 2007.