Promising Outlook

West Virginia women's head basketball coach Mike Carey toured the state with a former star player last week, but he's looking forward to a very promising year for his team.

Carey, who returns every player from last year's NCAA team, believes the Mountaineers have the potential to challenge for a high national ranking this season, but that's just part of the reason for his anticipation. Also on his radar is the opening of the basketball practice facility next summer.

"Everyone thinks its just about recruiting, but it's really about us having a place to practice and work together," he noted. "Sure, it's important from a recruiting standpoint, but it will be great to have a place where the girls can practice and work out every day and not have to compete for time."

Many Mountaineer fans don't realize just how crowded the Coliseum is, and how many teams and events competed for time in the facility.

"You have four teams in there that need to practice, and then there's phys ed classes, concerts, graduations...the list goes on. It will be such an improvement when we have a place we can do all of that."

Participating in West Virginia's summer blitz of the state, Carey offered comments on its benefits, and also on the return of Meg Bulger, who is doing some promotional work for the Mountaineer Athletic Club. He also took the time to describe the fall practice plans for his team, and how the individual workouts at the start of school will merge into full practices later in the fall semester.

Video: Blitz and Bulger

Video: Fall practice plans

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