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February 17, 2010

HERTZEL COLUMN: Stringer praises Carey

MORGANTOWN — C. Vivian Stringer is a Hall of Fame basketball coach, which probably gets her free admission in Springfield, Mass., when she goes there.

That is not, of course, the only perk that comes with finding a way to win 839 basketball games.

There is also a matter of people listening when you speak.

That is not afforded to everyone, not even West Virginia women’s coach Mike Carey, who on Tuesday night put his 100th Coliseum victory into the books by outlasting the Hall of Famer and her Rutgers team, 55-51.

Considering the pedigree of the Rutgers players, which includes a number of All-America mentions at the high school level, it is somewhat surprising that Carey can tag his rag tag outfit and makes Scarlet Knights look as bad as he did.

Which brings us back to Stringer and the idea that people listen, for when it was over and when she was through lecturing on the technical side of the game that her team failed in, she was asked about Carey and how he had been able to mold his team into No. 8 or 9 in the nation, depending upon which poll you prefer.

“What Mike Carey has done, putting this team in the Top 10, is nothing short of incredible,” Stringer began.

Now let us get straight immediately that she was not taking a shot at the talent that Carey’s team possesses. Quite the opposite, for Stringer understood that he has gathered a talented, if unheralded, group of young ladies and mixed and matched to turn them into a dangerous opponent.

Stringer would next go through the team, beginning with Sarah Miles, who was an off guard last year converted to the point by Carey, a slender, greyhound of an athlete who is faster with the ball than anyone else on the floor without it, even faster than the Rutgers player named Speed.

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