Former Women's Player Reflects On Program Building While Helping At Bob Huggins' Basketball Fantasy Camp

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Kate Bulger was among the cornerstone players who helped build West Virginia's women's basketball program into the Top 25 program it is today.

Bulger, in Morgantown for the seventh annual Bob Huggins fantasy basketball camp, reflected on how far the women's program has come since she signed under then-head coach Alexis Basil in 2001. Basil was fired after the 2000-01 season, giving way to current head coach Mike Carey, who has built a perennial contender in both the Big East and Big 12 conferences. Bulger was a key to that, becoming by far WVU's top rated recruit in years when she signed out of Oakland Catholic High in Pittsburgh. 

Bulger would eventually amass 1,733 career points, averaging more than 15 points per game in leading the Mountaineers to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1992 during her senior season in 2004. That paved the way for her sister, Meg, another highly-recruited guard who started at WVU in 2004 and would help Carey's program to two more NCAA appearances over the next four years. That jump started a string of six NCAA bids in the last seven years, and a shared regular season Big 12 title as well, moving the program to a point where it's a nearly annual contender in the postseason.

Kate was twice named a second-team All-Big East player, and she and Meg rank first and second, respectively, on the school's all-time three-point field goals made list, with 302 and 265. Both came back to West Virginia to take part in the fantasy basketball camp this week, and though Meg frequents Morgantown as a color analyst for the women's games, Kate now lives in Arizona, where she runs a specialized school dedicated to athletics and academics.

"All I do is talk about West Virginia and come back as often as I can," she said. "What we built when I was here, I thought the new rec center and Coliseum was great. But that helped get other players like Meg here. I'm so proud to see where West Virginia has come. Hopefully, I was part of building that. Being so far away in Phoenix and driving down here and seeing the changes, I honestly feel I'm at home. I don't get this feeling where I have lived for eight years in Phoenix."

Bulger, above, also details her competitive nature with Meg, and gives updates on brother Marc - who helped with the camp the last three years -  as well as what she expects from this weekend and the upcoming camp and player draft. 

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