The Times West Virginian

Bob Herzel

January 12, 2010

WVU women host Villanova

MORGANTOWN — All things considered, West Virginia University’s women’s basketball coach Mike Carey likes Harry Perretta.

“He’s a friend,” Carey said Monday of the man who will lead the Villanova women’s team he has coached for the last 32 years into the Coliseum for a game of Big East basketball. “But when it comes to playing him, I can’t stand him.”

See, Carey is an action kind of guy. He likes to have his team run up and down the court, pressure on defense.

Harry Perretta turns the sport of basketball into something far different that Carey sees it as.

“It’s a chess match with them,” Carey said, and he’s not one to know a pawn from a bishop.

It is always frustrating, and difficult, for Carey to face Villanova. His record against the Wildcats is 3-10, the latest loss coming last year in Philadelphia in a game that so typifies Villanova’s style that it was frightening.

The final score was a Villanova-like 54-52. It ended leaving Carey so frustrated that you can still hear it in Carey’s voice.

“We fouled them with five seconds left … near half court,” Carey said, obviously disgusted with the thought.

Villanova held the Mountaineers to only 18 points in the second half of that game, playing its own version of chess’ Sicilian Defense.

This time, in his house, Carey would like to find a way to dictate tempo, to keep Perretta’s team from walking the ball up court, taking advantage of the lack of a 10-second call to sometimes fiddle with the ball in the backcourt for 20 seconds. Or to take it into a corner, bounce it and bounce it and bounce, then move it out front and break loose with a backdoor cut against a defender who has been hypnotized by the bouncing ball.

Text Only
Bob Herzel
  • HERTZEL COLUMN- Summer, Alabama will be used to get WVU’s mind right

    The ink had barely dried on the final reports out of West Virginia’s spring practice when thoughts turned forward toward the lazy, hazy days of late summer, days that will bring us into football season with a game that can either change the entire image of WVU football or sour it even further.

    April 21, 2014

  • HERTZEL COLUMN: Watson tees off a new century at The Greenbrier

    You knew this was going to be one of those unpredictable, memorable days when you drove into the Greenbrier Resort and headed to the Old White Golf Course and found the best parking place in the joint.
    As Bob Uecker would say, right there in the front rooooow.

    April 20, 2014

  • HERTZEL COLUMN: Under pressure, NCAA decides to change rules

    At first glance, it appears that they do not go hand-in-hand, a pair of rules changes the NCAA’s Legislative Council approved this week, sending them off for what seems to be smooth sailing toward becoming rules.

    April 18, 2014

  • HERTZEL COLUMN: WVU gymnast hopes to stick her final landing

    The reaction, one suspects, was the same as most people who see either a picture of West Virginia University gymnast Hope Sloanhoffer or meet her for the first time in person — a quick double take, maybe even stumbling over the first few words of an introduction.

    April 17, 2014

  • Bussie looks forward to WNBA

    On Tuesday, the weather turned cold, the wind blew and amongst the raindrops that fell a few snowflakes fluttered quietly to Earth.
    It was as if it was a celebration of Asya Bussie being drafted on Monday night by the Minnesota Lynx, champions of the WNBA, with the third selection of the second round, the 15th overall pick of the draft.

    April 16, 2014

  • HERTZEL COLUMN: Jackie Robinson’s impact extends beyond baseball

    It is Jackie Robinson Day as I sit here writing this today, and I feel as though I am doing it in a world gone mad.
    Every player in Major League Baseball wore No. 42 on Tuesday in honor of Jackie Robinson, the man who took racism’s best shot and integrated the game that was known then as the National Pastime even though it was as white a Ku Klux Klan robe.

    April 16, 2014

  • Gyorko, Padres agree to extension

    Jedd Gyorko, who hasn’t hit much of anything with a .178 start on this season, hit the jackpot on Monday, signing a six-year contract extension with the San Diego Padres for $35 million with a one-year club option at $13 million.

    April 15, 2014

  • HERTZEL COLUMN- Spring game showed defense has improved

    From Dana Holgorsen’s viewpoint, which was standing right behind the offense, West Virginia’s Gold-Blue Spring Game on Saturday was a rousing success for it showed very little of what the Mountaineers will be in this coming season, probably not even showcasing the man who will direct the offense in the quarterback position.

    April 15, 2014

  • WVU signs guard; Adrian arrested for DUI

    There was something good and something bad for West Virginia men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins this past weekend as Kansas junior college player Tarik Phillip committed to play for the Mountaineers but rising sophomore Nathan Adrian was charged with Under 21 DUI after he was stopped at 1:20 a.m. Sunday for an expired registration sticker.

    April 15, 2014

  • HERTZEL COLUMN- Garrison still proving he can carry the ball

    The running back raves from the West Virginia coaching this spring have been directly mostly toward Wendell Smallwood, and rest assured he earned every one of them with his versatility, but it was a reborn running back who well may have taken the biggest jump up the depth chart.

    April 14, 2014

House Ads
Featured Ads