No Respect

A head-to-head loss. A worse total and conference record. And yet a higher ranking and a greater projected seed. For Mike Carey's No. 13 West Virginia women's basketball team, it's time to put up or shut up against No. 12 Oklahoma State.

The Mountaineers (22-3, 11-2 Big 12) beat then-No. 11 OSU (20-4, 9-4) 71-67 in Stillwater, Okla. on Jan. 4 for their 13th consecutive win. Since then, WVU has rattled off nine wins in 11 games, all in the rough-and-tumble Big 12. And yet the Cowgirls seem to be getting greater respect, despite lesser numbers across the board, including a RealTimeRPI differential of 17 and 21.

So, it would seem, the Mountaineers must sweep the seasons series to put the debate to bed. That's the goal Wednesday, when the two tightly-matched teams, sitting at second and third in the conference, tussle at 7 p.m. at the WVU Coliseum.

Here, Carey talks about the match-up, his team's approach, the seeming lack of respect and delves into the psychological groundwork for his squad.

Here, WVU center Asya Bussie, a co-captain and All-Big 12 preseason pick averaging 13.2 points and 7.7 rebounds, breaks down the contest, discusses what the Mountaineers must do to complete the sweep and underscores the importance of focus and staying within yourself in a marquee game against a highly-motivated opponent.

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