MORGANTOWN — Rest easy, West Virginia.
Mike Carey will be back to coach your West Virginia women’s basketball team next year, although after what Connecticut’s magnificent ladies did to him and his Mountaineers on Tuesday night in the finals of the Big East Conference championship game might make you wonder why.
A night earlier, after beating Rutgers to advance to the final game, Carey was asked if he beat Connecticut in the finals might he not demand to be named Coach of the Year alone instead of having to share it with UConn’s Geno Auriemma, as was voted.
“I win that game, I'm retiring, I think, myself after that game,” he said.
Fear not. Final score: Connecticut 60, West Virginia 32.
Carey will keep coaching, keep trying to beat Connecticut. He might be 80 by then.
The Mountaineers have proven all season that they are a fine women’s basketball team, winning 28 games to set a school record.
They just aren’t a match for Connecticut, who throws a 28-victory season back as if it were a minnow when they are fishing for whales.
After watching the Connecticut men play on the same day in New York in Madison Square, getting run over, around and through by South Florida, it’s doubtful they can play with the ladies, who now have a record 72 consecutive victories.
Think about that for a moment, 72 wins in a row. No opponent had come within 10 points of them. They had won by an average of 25 points a game … against ranked teams.
When they last lost George Bush was President.
It’s been that long.
The Mountaineers thought they were ready to push UConn. They came out with a plan and, in a way, they made it work.
Maya Moore and Tina Charles, Connecticut’s two starts, weren’t going to beat them.