The WVU women’s basketball team has some new features on its schedule for the 2016-17 season.
Under the direction of head coach Mike Carey, the WVU women’s basketball team has been one of the most consistent programs on the Morgantown campus. Because of that, Coach Carey wants his girls to receive as much publicity as possible.
To do that, he’s taking the show on the road.
The Mountaineers will take on in-state foe Concord, but instead of traveling about five hours to the southern part of the state to take on the Division II school, Carey is taking his girls to Clarksburg.
The game is just an exhibition, but it gives fans who live about 45 minutes away from Morgantown a chance to see the Mountaineers up-close and personal. There is not a large, 14,000-seat arena in Clarksburg, like there is in Morgantown. Instead of playing at an upscale venue, the WVU women’s basketball team will be getting back to its roots.
These girls are only a few years removed from high school and will tip off against Concord at Robert C. Byrd High School. This gives them a chance to go back in time, a little bit, and remember their own high school days. The gym should be packed and ready to go, cheering on Coach Carey and his successful team.
Carey has already made his girls travel to see other parts of the great state of West Virginia. Last month, the WVU women’s basketball team went to the southern part of the state to lend a hand with the devastation due to the immense flooding.
“Our visit to Rainelle was an eye-opening experience,” Carey said. “Our team got a first-hand look at all the damage caused by the terrible flooding in June. It really opened their eyes and helped us bond together as a team. I am so proud of our team. The flood victims are still in need of assistance and this was another way we thought we could help.”
That generosity gives the WVU women’s basketball team increased exposure for giving back to the state that supports them. Coach Carey, of course, wants to get his team as much support as possible.
It would be great if the WVU women’s basketball fans from across the state come to Morgantown on Sunday, Dec. 4. The Mountaineers will host Mississippi in the annual Big 12/SEC Challenge event.
Coach Carey and his team should score an easy victory as the Rebels were just 10-20 a year ago with a 2-14 record in the Big 12. West Virginia, meanwhile, went 25-10 and finished third overall in the Big 12 Conference.
Looking at the WVU roster, the Mountaineers return six upperclassmen. Lana Montgomery and Desiree Rhodes are the only two seniors on the squad.