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WVU Sports

February 17, 2010

HERTZEL COLUMN: Stringer praises Carey



Miles would hit the key free throws down the stretch, lead WVU in scoring with 16 points, collect six steals and in a game with 41 turnovers would not be charged with a single one.

“She is steady, calm and a good ball handler,” Stringer would note.

She moved on Korinne Campbell, the forward who finished this game with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

“She is playing great,” said Stringer. “She seems to hear him and respond in a positive way.”

She couldn’t help but hear him Tuesday night when she walked into the locker room at half time with one shot made in nine attempts.

“Can’t say,” was Carey’s answer to a question regarding how he inspired her. “Just say I tried to motivate her. The way she played the second half is the way she can play for 40 minutes.”

“I knew I’d done wrong, so I was not surprised when he yelled at me,” Campbell admitted.

Everyone on the team has it happen at one time or another, it’s part of playing for Carey.

As for surviving it … “We have friendship on and off the court. We all have each other’s back,” Campbell said.

Hard-working Liz Repella is part of the mix and the leading scorer, but she spent much of this night nursing foul trouble, scoring only eight points. Then there is Madina Ali doing a lot of the dirty work, playing hurt at times, and young Asya Bussie in the middle, learning the game as she goes along.

None of them probably could start at Connecticut, but here they are at 23-3 and 10-2 in the Big East.

“Obviously, they have the right disposition and they believe in each other,” Stringer noted. “Coach Carey should be given all the credit, he and his staff. It’s not like there’s a bunch of All-Americans there.”

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