Women Face Angry Pack Of Huskies

Fresh off their first home loss in 70 contests, WVU women's basketball coach Mike Carey knows that UConn will be an even more difficult challenge than they already were.

"Someone asked me if this wasn't a bad time to play Connecticut," Carey said as he prepared his team to face the nation's number one program. "My thinking is that it's never a good time to play UConn. We realize they didn't take care of the ball at the end [of the Duke game], but do we have the players to go out and press and extend the floor? We're only dressing eight players right now. I'm sure they will get fired up. They are disappointed over getting beat, and they will play as hard as ever."

Carey's understrength squad got off to a good conference start by blazing out to an early lead on holding on for a win over Pittsburgh, but the Mountaineers will be hard pressed to repeat that sort of performance against the Huskies. Still, WVU, which is dressing only eight players, has gotten that first conference win, and even if they don't come out with a win over the Huskies, are poised to take another step up in the competitive Big East.

The Pitt win also marked the resurgence of senior Kate Bulger, who seems to save her best performances for her hometown teams. Bulger racked up 28 points, and teamed with her sister Meg for a pair of big three pointers that put the Panthers away.

"I was very disappointed Kate wasn't a preseason All Big East pick this year," Carey noted. "She's been one of the top scorers in the Big East and one of the top 3 point shooters in the country. If we had a inside game to go with her she'd be that much better.

"Meg had a lot of injuries early - sprained ankles and a muscle pull - and she's only played in half our games. She's just now starting to get into the flow and get into shape, and I think she's going to be a great player in the conference."

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