MORGANTOWN — The West Virginia University women’s basketball team hopes to get back on the winning track today in a Big East game at Syracuse.

Tip-off time is 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome, where the Orange’s women are playing games this season rather in Manley Fieldhouse.

WVU (7-4, 0-1) won the last four meetings and leads the all-time series 8-7. During that winning stretch, it outscored Syracuse by an average of 70-55.

Syracuse, whose record is 7-6, dropped an 81-50 decision in Morgantown last season.

“They have great size,” WVU coach Mike Carey said. “They’re more of an inside team, and they pound it inside.”

Vaida Sipaviciute, 6-foot-4 sophomore center, is averaging 20.1 points and 8.9 rebounds per game for the Orange.

Olayinka Sanni, WVU’s 6-2 sophomore center, accepts the challenge of trying to limit her production.

“It will be exciting playing in the Carrier Dome,” she said. “We’re going to try to keep them from pounding the ball inside.”

Sanni currently is the nation’s No. 1 shooter, hitting a phenomenal 70 percent from the field (70-100). She is averaging 15.1 points and 4.9 rebounds.

Meg Bulger, 6-0 junior guard, still leads WVU with 19.7 ppg. Yelena Leuchanka, 6-5 senior, will share time with Sanni.

Leuchanka has a team-high 8.1 rebounding average and is goaling at a 10.3 ppg clip.

“We’re just not finishing games in which we have the lead,” Carey said. “It’s just execution. People press us a little bit, and our freshman guards turn it over some.

“It’s got to start with the 1 and 2 (positions). We’ve got to get better in those areas, and they’ve got to do the job.”

WVU’s next home game is against Louisville Tuesday night.

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