Mountaineers Top Elon Women’s Basketball in West Virginia

Posted by Press Release on December 29, 2013 at 6:33 pm under College | 2 Comments to Read

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Elon women’s basketball team (5-7) played its last non-conference road game of the season today, Dec. 29, falling to West Virginia (11-1) by a final of 89-56 in the WVU Coliseum.

Kelsey Harris and Sam Coffer led the Phoenix with 11 points each, while Jenifer Rhodes also put up double figures with 10 points and a team-high seven rebounds.

WVU saw four players in double figures, including a game-high 18 points from Asya Bussie, who went a perfect 5-for-5 from the field and knocked down 8-of-12 free-throw attempts.

Elon shot 38 percent from the field on 23-of-61 attempts, while WVU shot an impressive 50 percent after knocking down 32-of-64 shots from the field, scoring 44 points in the paint. The Mountaineers controlled the boards, 46-33, and scored 24 second-chance points.

After the Mountaineers took an early 12-2 lead in the first 20, back-to-back baskets by Rhodes pulled the Phoenix within six, 12-6, before the first media timeout. WVU managed a 25-9 run through most of the half to pull ahead by 23, 38-15, with 5:53 left on the clock. Coffer converted an old-fashioned three-point play to put Elon back within 20, 40-20, with just over four minutes to play. The Mountaineers closed out the half with a 51-26 lead.

WVU shot 56 percent from the field in the first frame compared to Elon’s 31 percent, while also holding a 26-15 advantage on the boards.

The Mountaineers continued to surge in the second half, taking as much as a 37-point lead, 79-42, with just over eight minutes to play.

Elon will return home to host its final non-conference game of the season against North Carolina A&T on Tuesday, Dec. 31. Tip is set for 4 p.m.


  • Trouble down the line said,

    We lost by 30 pts and yet we are suppose to be moving to a “better” conference. Good luck with that. We need girls with some size and skill in the paint and more shooters on the perimeter or the next couple of years this program will go down.

  • Lack of skilled Post Players said,

    One thing that Elon has lacked are skilled post players. They get in height but their height is not enough. D1 basketball is tough and if you have height, you better have the size/weight and skills to compete. You cannot compete on the D1 level with a bunch of guards.