Mountaineer Women Sign Two

West Virginia University women's basketball coach Mike Carey today announced the signing of two recruits for the 2007-08 season.

Giving the coach signatures are Marie Malone of Virginia Beach, Va., and Liz Repella of Steubenville, Ohio.

Malone, a 6-2 center at Kellam High in Virginia Beach, Va., guided the Knights to a 19-3 record as a junior, averaging 11.5 points and 9.5 rebounds a contest. She was named to the all-Beach District team as a result. She lettered in both basketball and volleyball last season and is ranked the 23rd-best center and 89th-best overall player by All Star Girl's Report, the nation's leading scouting service.

"WVU's academics really stood out to me," Malone said of picking the Mountaineers over the other schools recruiting her. "They are a BIG EAST school in one of the best conferences in the country. I wanted to succeed and it felt right when I visited. I was the most comfortable with West Virginia of all the schools that recruited me."

"Marie has great size for a post player as she can play several positions for us in our frontcourt," says Carey. "She runs the floor extremely well. She's lefthanded so that will give us a different look in the post. She'll be a great addition to our strength in the post."

Repella, a 5-11 guard at Steubenville High and the school's all-time leading scorer with over 1,500 points, is a two-time all-Eastern District player and was the Ohio Division II player of the year last season. As a sophomore she was named to the all-Ohio second team and was named to the all-Ohio third team as a freshman. She guided the Big Red to a 16-7 record last season.

She is ranked the nation's 63rd-best player by Hoop Girls and 101st by All Star Girl's Report.

"When I first visited coach Carey and the staff they made me feel at home," Repella says of being recruited by the Mountaineers. "I love the facilities and the direction they're taking the program. I also wanted to play for a BIG EAST school. I'm hoping to contribute right away."

"Liz is very versatile and she plays very physical for her size," Carey says. She can shoot the three but also take the ball off the dribble and penetrate. And she loves to play defense."

"Both Liz and Marie are excellent students," Carey adds. "They're very well balanced on and off the court and they will be a great fit here at WVU.

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