The West Virginia College females’s basketball group went back to the court on Thursday, Sept. 29, for its initial authorities method of the 2022-23 period. First-year trainer Dawn Plitzuweit‘s team functions 7 student-athletes from in 2015’s group as well as 6 newbies.
A 5th Year in the Old Gold & & Blue
Fifth-year elderly guard Madisen Smith has actually played in 112 video games throughout her initial 4 periods at West Virginia, consisting of 107 begins– both of which are tops on the group. The Greenville, South Carolina, indigenous additionally has actually collected 885 factors, 429 aids, 255 rebounds as well as 125 swipes throughout that period.
In addition, Smith has actually racked up in dual numbers 37 times as well as led West Virginia in racking up 11 times. What’s even more, 14 of those double-digit video games came throughout the 2021-22 period, which additionally saw Smith rating 20 or even more factors two times as well as lead WVU in factors 8 times.
Smith lugged a stat line of 9.1 factors, 2.4 rebounds, 4.3 aids as well as 1.1 swipes per video game a period back as well as is aiming to build on that in her 5th year in Morgantown.
In 2021-22, she racked up 274 factors, which was the second-best mark on the group as well as noted her most factors in a period for her occupation. In addition, Smith’s 9.1 factors per video game standard additionally was a job best as well as signed in at 1.6 far better than her racking up standard in her initial 82 occupation video games.
In all-time program background, Smith is No. 10 in aids as well as is connected for No. 10 in begins.
Additionally, she places in the leading 15 in program background in mins played as well as is the only Mountaineer with numerous 50-minute video games in their occupation. In 2015, Smith played all 50 mins in a set of double-overtime competitions for WVU; when at Oklahoma on Feb. 5, 2022, as well as once more at Kansas State on March 2, 2022.
Smith made Honorable Reference condition on this year’s Preseason All-Big 12 Group.
Quinerly Seeks To Improve Strong Fresher Project
Coming off among a fresher year that produced a consentaneous choice to the Large 12’s All-Freshman Group, student guard JJ Quinerly that very same energy right into her 2nd year with the Mountaineers.
A local of Norfolk, Virginia, Quinerly came to be the 4th Mountaineer to be called to the organization’s All-Freshman Group in 2022, signing up with Bria Holmes (2013 ), Tynice Martin (2016) as well as Madisen Smith (2019 ). Throughout her inaugural project, she balanced 8.8 factors, 2.5 rebounds, 2.7 aids as well as 2.3 swipes per video game.
Of note, her 2.3 swipes per video game were excellent sufficient for the group lead in 2021-22.
In 2015, Quinerly was just one of 4 Mountaineers to play in all 30 video games, gaining 12 begins. In addition, she acquired a team-high 68 swipes a period back, one of the most by a Mountaineer fresher given that Maria Tchobanova tallied 74 throughout the 1995-96 period.
Offensively, Quinerly do with 10 or even more factors in 10 video games last period, consisting of a career-best, 22-point trip versus Kansas on Feb. 9, 2022. Her 22 factors versus the Jayhawks aided her make the Large 12 Fresher of the Week on Feb. 14, 2022.
Quinerly additionally made Honorable Reference condition on this year’s Preseason All-Big 12 Group.
Extra on the Returners
Elderly guard Jayla Hemingway as well as junior guard Savannah Samuel additionally return for West Virginia this period, as well as each saw their reasonable share of the court a period back.
Hemingway was just one of 2 Mountaineers to play in as well as begin all 30 video games a year back as well as balanced 5.2 factors, 2.7 rebounds as well as 1.3 aids per video game.
In addition, the Collierville, Tennessee, indigenous published the most effective racking up trip of her college occupation in 2021-22. Versus Oklahoma on Feb. 5, 2022, Hemingway racked up 16 factors on 5-of-8 (62.5%) capturing as well as took 4 rebounds.
Samuel additionally saw activity in all 30 video games last period as well as balanced 4.2 factors as well as 1.5 rebounds per video game. The Woodstock, Georgia, indigenous completed in dual numbers two times a year back, with both circumstances being available in the last 3 video games of 2021-22.
Redshirt student onward Isis Beh, redshirt fresher onward Messiah Seeker as well as redshirt fresher guard Wynter Rogers additionally return for WVU this year. The triad did not see video game activity last period as well as redshirted.
New Children on the Block
Train Dawn Plitzuweit as well as her team generated 6 newbies to wrap up the 2022-23 WVU females’s basketball lineup consisting of 2 fifth-year elders, one elderly, one junior, one redshirt student as well as a fresher.
Fifth-year elderly guard Sarah Bates moved from Georgia Technology, where she invested the last 3 periods. She additionally hung around at UC Santa Barbara as well as Kansas State prior to GT.
In her 4 periods of activity, Bates has actually played in 88 video games, with 44 begins, as well as has actually racked up 585 factors. In addition, she has 129 aids as well as 143 rebounds in her occupation.
Fifth-year elderly guard Danni Nichols moved from Western Illinois, where she made numerous Top Organization honors for the Leathernecks, consisting of a Junior varsity All-Summit Organization choice in 2021-22 as well as the 2019 Top Organization Fresher of the Year honor.
Nichols played in 113 video games, with 101 begins, as well as racked up 1,344 factors. She lugs a racking up standard of 11.9 factors. In addition, Nichols took 477 rebounds, given out 186 aids as well as tallied 154 swipes throughout her occupation at Western Illinois.
Elderly onward Tavy Diggs moved from TCU, where she invested the previous 3 periods.
In her occupation with the Horned Frogs, she played in 63 video games as well as racked up 405 factors. She additionally amounted to 188 rebounds, 71 aids as well as 42 swipes throughout that period.
Junior Kylee Blacksten moved from Colorado, where she played the last 2 periods. Last period, Blacksten played in 23 ready CU as well as aided the group to a 22-9 document as well as a berth in the NCAA Competition. In addition, she fired 30% from 3-point variety throughout the 2021-22 project, which placed No. 10 amongst Pac-12 message gamers with a minimum of 20 efforts from deep.
Before her time at Colorado, Blacksten starred at Air Academy Secondary School in Colorado Springs, where she was an all-conference choice in each of her 4 periods as a Kadet.
Redshirt student guard Kyah Watson moved from South Dakota, where she invested the last 2 periods betting Plitzuweit as well as her team. She aided the Coyotes win 2 Top Organization Competition Championships, a regular-season champion as well as get to the NCAA Competition in each of her 2 years, consisting of the Dessert 16 in 2021-22.
Throughout the 2021-22 project, Watson played in 34 video games, with 33 begins, for USD as well as balanced 5.7 factors, 4.3 rebounds as well as 2.0 aids per video game. In addition, Watson completed in dual numbers 5 times last period, consisting of a career-best 18 factors versus Oral Roberts on Feb. 26. She additionally took 5 or even more rebounds in 14 video games, consisting of 10 or even more two times.
In 2020-21, Watson was restricted to 9 video games in her initial period with the Coyotes because of injury. She completed her occupation at South Dakota with 231 factors, 174 rebounds as well as 80 aids.
Fresher guard Imarianah Russell complete this year’s team of newbies. The Columbus, Ohio, indigenous concerns West Virginia provided as a four-star possibility by ESPN. In addition, she is ranked as the No. 83 gamer among 2022 by ESPN.
Russell was chosen as an all-state gamer in Ohio each of her 4 periods throughout senior high school, consisting of back-to-back looks on the Department I First String in 2020-21 as well as 2021-22.
A 2,000-point marker as well as group captain for Reynoldsburg, Russell was called the group protective MVP as well as fresher of the year in 2018-19, the group offending MVP as well as her area’s leading marker in 2019-20 as well as the group MVP in 2020-21.
West Virginia formally starts initial period under Train Plitzuweit on Thursday, Nov. 10, versus USC Upstate at the WVU Coliseum in Morgantown. The Mountaineers open Large 12 Meeting use Saturday, Dec. 31, when they invite Oklahoma to the Coliseum on New Year’s Eve.