MORGANTOWN \u2014 A Monongalia County Judge denied a request by suspended West Virginia women\u2019s basketball player Theresa Ekhelar who is seeking reinstatement to play in the WNIT.\r\n\r\nA senior center, Ekhelar has missed the Mountaineers' two WNIT wins over Rider and Villanova, serving what the team called an indefinite suspension.\r\n\r\nHer lawsuit, which cited WVU and athletics direct Shane Lyons as defendants,\u00a0claimed Ekhelar was being arbitrarily punished twice by the athletics department.\r\n\r\nEkhelar already served a one-game suspension Dec. 2 against Missouri, was not allowed to start the ensuing game at Pitt on Dec. 8., and was made to undergo anger management and psychological counseling.\r\n\r\nThat initial punishment stemmed from an alleged Nov. 27 incident between Ekhelar and her intimate partner on a school-sponsored trip, the lawsuit claims. As a result of that investigation, WVU Student Conduct filed a charge of violation of the student handbook. No criminal charges have been filed against Ekhelar as a result of that alleged incident.\r\n\r\nEkhelar sought to prevent WVU athletics from enforcing its suspension until the WVU Student Conduct disciplinary process is completed.\r\n\r\nJudge Phillip Gaujot denied the request, said attorney Sean Logue, who represents Ekhelar. Logue declined to comment otherwise.\r\n\r\nGaujot's order denying the request has not yet been filed.\r\n\r\n"She was dismissed for violating team policy," Lyons confirmed Monday.\r\n\r\nApril Kaull,\u00a0of university relations, added:\u00a0\u201cWe are unable to comment on the underlying issue due to student-privacy laws. That said, the university is pleased with the court\u2019s ruling from Friday.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe lawsuit said Student Conduct has not suspended Ekhelar and won\u2019t take action until the disciplinary process has been completed.\r\n\r\nThe suit claims that not being allowed to participate in the WNIT would cause irreparable harm to Ekhelar, considering her possible innocence. The 6-foot-6 center has the potential to play the sport professionally, the suit said.\r\n\r\nEkhelar played in 29 games with 28 starts this season, averaging 4.1 points and 4.4 rebounds.