Newcomer Experience

The West Virginia women's basketball team is rebuilding its backcourt after losing the outstanding duo of Yolanda Paige and Sherell Sowho to graduation, and the first thoughts that go through most observers' minds is that the Mountaineers will be young at the guard positions. However, one newcomer already has some collegiate experience that she hopes will allow her to contribute quickly to WVU's revamped backcourt.

Britney Davis-White, a 5-5 guard who comes to WVU from Midland Junior College in Texas, believes that her two years at the competitive two-year school gives her a bit of an advantage over incoming freshmen.

"I only have two years here, so I have to make my mark right now," said the bright and enthusiastic junior. "I have a little more experience than some of the people that have only been here one year, so hopefully I can come out and get started early."

Davis-White, who averaged 9.9 points per game last year while earning her second consecutive all-conference award from the Western Junior College Athletic Association, knows that Meg Bulger and WVU's strong front line will be looked upon to provide the scoring punch, especially early in the season. She thinks she can help in other areas – especially one that head coach Mike Carey holds near and dear to his heart.

"I consider myself a defensive player, so hopefully I can help there quickly," Davis-White said. "I'm strong at taking the ball to the basket too, so I think I can help there. I think I can do it on both ends. But one thing I know about Coach Carey is that he emphasizes playing defense."

That's one of many things Davis-White has learned recently about WVU. Prior to being recruited by Carey and the Mountaineer staff, the athletic guard didn't know much about the school or the program.

"I have no idea how I ended up here," Davis-White said with a smile when asked how she got from the Lone Star state to the Mountain State. "I didn't know anything about West Virginia until they started recruiting me. I got a couple of letters from them during my freshman year, so then started researching it. I did a lot of research on the Internet and found it was a good school.

"They found me and offered and I took it," she continued happily. "It's a great school in a top of the line Division 1 conference. I watched UConn and Notre Dame on television, and now I'll be playing against them. That's a great opportunity."

With that opportunity would seem to come some pressure, as the newcomers in the Mountaineer backcourt will have to produce early in order for WVU to be successful. However, Davis-White doesn't view it that way at all. Just as she looks at the chance to play teams like UConn and Rutgers as an opportunity, so too does she see the chance to help the Mountaineers continue to make their mark in the nation's toughest conference.

"I don't think there's any pressure on us," she said of the newcomers she has joined in wearing the Gold and Blue. "I feel it's more like expectations. I think I will fit into it, but it's not pressure."


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