MORGANTOWN — The West Virginia women’s basketball team extended its winning streak to six Saturday afternoon with ridiculous ease.

Presbyterian, in its first season in NCAA Division I, was absolutely no match for the 13th-ranked Mountaineers in a 93-26 blowout.

In making its record 9-1, West Virginia tied the Coliseum record for holding a female opponent to the lowest point total. Seton Hill set the mark in 1996 and Akron also had just 26 points in 2002.

Coach Mike Carey played his starters an average of just 15.8 minutes. That meant the reserves got some needed experience, accounting for the game’s remaining 24.2 minutes.

“It was good to be able to play all of our ladies,” Carey said. “They needed the experience. We did a good job of spacing.

“Presbyterian played a zone, and that opened up things for the threes. Meg Bulger got hot the first 10 minutes. That really broke it open.”

Bulger, 6-0 senior, finished with a game-high 19 points in just 13 minutes of playing time.

Five other scorers also hit double figures. Freshman Liz Repella scored 13, LaQuita Owens 12, Sparkle Davis 11 and Olayinka Sanni and Sarah Miles 10 points each.

Sharie Hopkins led the Blue Hose (1-9) with nine points.

The Mountaineers shot 48.6 percent from the field (36-74) and Presbyterian just 20 percent (9-45). WVU managed a 53-27 margin in rebounds and made only 16 turnovers while forcing 33.

Jessico Vanco, the visitors’ first-year coach, thought her players gave great effort and played hard.

“This experience in Division I should be beneficial,” she said. “We’ve played bigger teams, but not one with more speed than West Virginia.”

The largest lead of the game was 67 points at the end. WVU led 52-12 at halftime.

Owens, who played 14 minutes, admitted that some team scrimmages were a lot tougher than this game.

But she said, “We can get better in the little things, and it was good for others to get more playing time.”

The WVU women play at Oakland in Michigan Monday night, then go on to Indiana for a game next Saturday before breaking for Christmas.

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