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November 18, 2010

No. 10 WVU holds off Duquesne

MORGANTOWN — This morning we are going to play a little game called “Name That Coach.”

Here’s the rules, we’re going to give you two quotes, one from each coach in last night’s women’s basketball game at the Coliseum between Duquesne and No. 10 West Virginia, a game the Mountaineers won, 69-58.

Here’s the first quote:

“I couldn’t be more proud of the way we came out in the second half and turned it up a notch and never quit.”

Now, here’s the second quote:

“We got outhustled. They played harder than we played tonight. They took it to us. It was embarrassing.”

OK, now, “Name That Coach.”

First one to call in with the identity of the coach that could not be more proud of the way its team played gets a week vacation in Hawaii and the first one to call in with the identity of the coach who is embarrassed by the way the team was outhustled gets a week vacation in Tahiti.

Ah, here’s a call. You say Mike Carey, the West Virginia coach who watched his team win its 21st consecutive home game, was proud of his team.

Let’s see if you’re right.

“B-U-Z-Z-Z-Z-Z-Z.”

No, sorry. That would be Susie McConnell-Serio. She was proud of her team in defeat.

Ah, here’s another call —“Name That Coach.”

You say it was McConnell-Serio who was embarrassed. Let’s see.

“B-U-Z-Z-Z-Z-Z-Z.”

Wrong again, it was Carey, the winning coach, who was embarrassed.

And, oh, man, was he embarrassed. After a first-half in which Madina Ali put on a spectacular display of basketball en route to a night when she scored a career-high 19 points with 10 rebounds, four blocks and four steals while making a spectacular play saving a ball and flipping it back in bounds to start a fast break to Liz Repella while knocking over a male cheerleader, the Mountaineers folded up camp and played like Little Bo Peep’s lost sheep — B-A-A-A-A-A-A-dly.

Carey was stunned that his team would be so completely fouled up, not because it was Duquesne, as he said numerous times, to make sure he wasn’t belittling the opponent, but because he asks so much of his team and got so little in return.

“It’s amazing,” Carey would say after spending a few minutes informing a locker room full of young ladies that their performance was unacceptable, even in victory. “We will not reverse the ball. I would even take someone out of the game for it, bring someone else in and tell them as she was going in to reverse the ball, and they’d got out there, stop and take a shot right away.”

It was, other than with Ali and Liz Repella, who would finish with 18 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals, as if he was speaking to his team in Russian.

“The rest of the people got to decide whether to play hard or not,” he said.%

To say Carey was mad is to put it mildly.

And just to complicate matters, his team gets one day to prepare for Delaware State.

“I’d like to have a week to practice,” Carey admitted. “I told them I have never seen a team outhustle us until tonight.”

Behind Delaware State there are three BCS schools waiting and he knows that then “we’ll see where we’re at.”

Carey talked about shortening his bench, playing fewer players, in an effort to get only those in there who will play as he wants them to play.

One problem is explainable. This WVU team draws a lot of energy from its point guard, Sarah Miles, who returned to the floor after missing a month with a wrist problem. She was obviously rusty and obviously in some pain from her wrist.

She played 22 minutes, scored one point, had three assists, three turnovers and four of WVU’s 18 steals.

E-mail Bob Hertzel at bhertzel@hotmail.com,

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