Bulger Looks Forward to Reunion

Meg Bulger still has a senior season of high school basketball to play, but she's already looking forward to re-teaming with her sister Kate at West Virginia University.

Meg, who recently made a verbal commitment to attend WVU, will rejoin her sister Kate, who is one of the top players in the Big East Conference.

"Having my sister at WVU was a big part in my decision to come there," Meg told BlueGoldNews.com. "It's an unbelievable situation to be able to play with your sister, and to be successful with her. It really helped the transition for me coming into high school with her already there, and I think it will be even better for the transition into college.

"[Going to college] is such an important step. I don't even know what to expect next year, but I know it's going to be a great experience."

Putting two great players together on the floor sounds good, but there's always the risk of their games or styles clashing. According to Meg, however, that's never been the case for Kate and herself.

During their high school careers, Meg hinted that she deferred to her sister on some occasions. After a couple of seasons apart, however, she thinks that each has established themselves in different roles.

"In high school, it changed our game a little bit when we were both on the floor. We were both aware of each other on the floor, and we both knew where the other one was all the time," Meg explained.

"At first, I would catch the ball and the coaches would be yelling "triple threat" (get into, position to either shoot, pass or dribble). My first thought was 'Katie!'

"Now, I think we've both grown as players and established ourselves. She's a shooter, where I might like to drive and pull up. When I get to college I think we'll be able to mesh those and work really well together."

In addition to the draw of being on the same team with her sister again, Bulger was heavily influenced by resurrectionist Mike Carey, who raised the moribund WVU program to a respectable level last year.

"He's just such a people person," Bulger said of WVU's head coach. "When I talk to him, it's like talking to my Dad or my brothers. I'm just really comfortable around him.

"I don't think any other coach could have come in and turned the team around the way he did. I'm really excited to have the chance to play for him. He's just a great coach to play for and seems to get the most out of every player."

Bulger will finish out her career this year for Oakland Catholic, where she has played in three PIAA championship games (winning one) and earned a carful of All-Everything awards.

As a sophomore, she averaged 16.2 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 3.4 assists per game, then backed that up with junior totals of 20.7 points, 4.5 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 2.4 steals.

Between games of her senior season, she'll still travel down Interstate 79 to Morgantown to watch WVU games, but she admits that the experience will be different.

"I'm going to have a whole different persepctive on watching the games this year. Last year I was just pretty much cheering. This year, I'll be looking at everyone's game, watching how they play, and see how I can adjust to them."

No doubt that Mountaineer fans are looking forward to watching Meg's game at the Coliseum in 2003 as well.

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