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Mountaineer Morning Links: Thursday (4/2/15) Edition

WVU Women advance to WNIT finals, Baseball travels to K State, spring football notes, recruiting updates, Big 12 roundup & more.


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What You May Have Missed:

Student-Athletes Speak Out - WVU Athletics
It’s part of Dr. Carolyn Atkins’ SPA 270, Effective Public Speaking course through West Virginia University’s College of Education and Human Services and this year’s presentation will take place at 11 a.m. in Room 172 at the WVU Coliseum and will be streamed live through

NCAA executive Oliver Luck denies he made derogatory remarks about Jim Boeheim, Syracuse -
We kinda really hope this is true

Baseball Travels to Kansas State - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University baseball team travels to Kansas State for its third-straight Big 12 series on the road from April 2-4.

Mountaineers look to keep momentum rolling on the road, face Kansas State - Daily Athenaeum
After an up-and-down start to the year, the Mountaineers have ripped off seven-straight victories and have seen their record balloon to 16-10.

Mazey’s Mountaineers in the midst of amazing win streak - WVUPros
The third-year skipper is enjoying another successful spring as head coach of the WVU Baseball team.

Photo Gallery: WVU vs Pitt Mar. 31, 2015 - WVU Athletics

WVU travels to California and Ohio - Daily Athenaeum
The West Virginia University women’s track and field team will travel to Stanford, Calif., and Athens, Ohio, to compete in the Stanford Invitational and the Ohio Cherry Blossom Invitational, respectively, in its second week of outdoor action.


WVU Survives OT and Advances to WNIT Title Game - WVU Athletics
West Virginia will play UCLA in front of a nationally televised audience on CBS Sports Network this Saturday April, 4, at 3 p.m., at the Charleston Civic Center.

WVU tops Temple in OT, will play UCLA in WNIT championship game - Charleston Daily Mail
What Temple did not have was what drew Mike Carey’s attention when the West Virginia women’s coach readied for Wednesday’s WNIT semifinal.

Charleston to host WVU and UCLA Saturday in WNIT finals - Charleston Gazette
Eventually they put away the Owls 66-58 in overtime to reach the title game.

Another OT thriller sends Mountaineers into WNIT title game - WV MetroNews
Holmes' clutch free throws forced the extra period where West Virginia held off Temple 66-58.

WVU wins, reaches WNIT final - Times West Virginian
West Virginia is going to the WNIT final and has Lanay Montgomery to thank for it.

WVU beats Temple in OT - Exponent Telegram
Lanay is his 6-foot, 5-inch center Lanay Montgomery, who turned Temple’s offense into a bunch of Philadelphia cheesesteak, pulling down 24 rebounds and blocking eight shots.

West Virginia to meet UCLA in WNIT finals - Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Cue Country Roads.

West Virgina advances to WNIT title game - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
“Shame we didn't turn it around sooner because we'd like to be in the NCAA Tournament, but we're in the WNIT and we're in the championship game, which is great, and we're going to try to win it.”

Carey making the most out of being a 'have not' - Exponent Telegram
As commendable and exciting as West Virginia’s run in the WNIT has been, it cannot be forgotten that it played itself out in a tournament that no basketball team has on its bucket list when a season begins.

WATCH: WVU Women Advance to WNIT Championship Game - WVillustrated
The WVU women's basketball outlasted the Temple Owls in overtime in the WNIT Semifinals on Wednesday night, setting up a date in Saturday's Championship Game against UCLA.

News of Note:

Howard, Crest take turns while freshman QBs watch and learn - WV MetroNews
With his football team back from spring break and back in pads for the first time, West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said he was "pleasantly surprised" at the pace and production from this week’s practices.


Fantasy College Football Breaking News -
Quinton Spain: 49ers might target Spain as developmental G


WVU recruiting: Steady stream of recruits flocking to Morgantown - Charleston Gazette
Between those big events — Junior Days are typically in January and February, while the spring game is in April — it’s up to recruits to find their own time to get to college campuses.

Mountaineers Add 2015 QB - EerSports
West Virginia added another impressive preferred walk-on today, as Roswell (GA) quarterback James Whitaker pledged to the Mountaineers.

Pro News:

Reason for confidence Gyorko will hit again -
Better hitters around him, his own history suggests Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko will bounce back. Page 1 of 2

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor Bears dynamic duo of wide receivers primed to elevate offense - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Step Into My Office: Matt Thomas - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Kelly Oubre will enter the NBA Draft - Rock Chalk Talk

The exit interview: Breaking down Kansas State's '14-15 hoops campaign - FOX Sports

Top-10 player spring update: Oklahoma Sooners - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

In Defense Of Mike Holder - Cowboys Ride For Free

Reports: Shaka Smart to visit Texas beginning on Thursday - Burnt Orange Nation

TCU Basketball Year in Review - Frogs O' War

Texas Tech's Toddrick Gotcher - Season in Review - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

WNIT Championship Ticket Information - WVU Athletics
Tickets for the WNIT Championship women’s basketball game between West Virginia and UCLA at the Charleston Civic Center are set to go on sale Thursday, April 2, at 10 a.m.

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Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is an American model from New York. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Juliana Proven.