West Virginia women's head coach Mike Carey has addition by subtraction this season as the Mountaineers look to bounce back

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia's women's basketball team struggled through turmoil last season, when fractures within the team partially contributed to among the more frustrating season's during the Mike Carey-era. Now, the Mountaineers seem to have gained through subtraction.

West Virginia was picked sixth in the Big 12 preseason, which would seem about right judging last season's discouraging results and even more disappointing team performance. But now, with a fresh set of newcomers and more scoring ability from the point guard position, it would seem Mike Carey has a team worthy of his prototypical apporach of tough defense and an opportunisitc offense which prides itself on scoring in trasnition and forcing the paceand tempo of play. Carey, above, details why the current group might perform better overall despite some talent losses, and how he sees the young teeam shaping up early in the preseason.

Carey also discusses the backcourt and his expectations from a younger group which will be immediately be immersed in a pair of difficult games at Gonzaga and against USC, and how he believes the interior play could shape up despite lacking some size the program has had in recent seasons. Below, promising transfer Arielle Roberson, who missed the 2014-15 season after tearing the ACL in her left knee during preseason workouts, speaks to her recovery, the continuity developed with the squad overall and her experiences being coached by Carey as compared to Colorado's Linda Lappe. The San Antonio native also delves into her own game, including her moves off the dribble, ability to create a shot and her own expectations of defensive play as emphasized under Carey.

And finally, Big 12 First Team preseason selection Bria Holmes dissects her ability to mesh with younger guards, her offseason improvements, and her thoughts on the sixth place selection in the league. Holmes, a two-time All-Big 12 postseason selection already - and the 2014 Preseason Player of the Year - scored 716 points last season, second in school history to Rosemary Kosiorek's 730 in 1992, and appears primed for perhaps her finest overall season in terms of a total team leader as a senior, and likely captain.


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