Carey Believes WVU Deserved Bid

"We feel very fortunate to be in, but we feel we desrved to get in also," head coach Mike Carey said after his Mountaineers grabbed an at-large bid to the NCAA women's basketball tournament.

WVU will face Ohio State on Saturday, March 20, at a time yet to be determined.

"We're going to have to play Ohio State at their place, not an ideal situation," Carey noted. "But if we want to win the basketball game, that's where we've got to play it. We're not going there to get beat. We're going there to win. We know it will be a good game, a tough game, but we'll be very prepared for Ohio State."

Carey has gotten a glimpse of the Buckeyes this year when they played Rutgers in a televised contest.

"They played a lot of junk defenses, a lot of triangle and two, box and one," Carey noted of OSU, which figures to put solo defenders on Yolanda Paige, and perhaps Kate Bulger. "They have a lot of scorers and they take high percentage shots. They're a well-coached team."

Carey also noted he was happy for his seniors, who were the building blocks in turning the moribund WVU program into an NCAA club.

"It's great for all three of them, but especially for Kate Bulger. She's been through some really tough times and she's stayed very positive. All three of those girls, Kate, Michelle (Carter) and Janell (Dunlap) have led us to this point.

West Virginia has a 2-2 all-time record in NCAA tournament play. The Mountaineers won at Western Kentucky (66-57) and lost at Virginia (81-68) in 1989. In 1992, WVU defeated Clemson (73-72) in a game at the WVU Coliseum, then lost 103-83 at Virginia. The Mountaineers are 0-8 all-time against Ohio State, having last played in 1998.


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