WVU Women Face Tough Bounceback Task At Baylor
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — About the only people in these parts to find something positive out of West Virginia’s women’s basketball team’s complete collapse at home against Oklahoma on Sunday work at Mylan Pharmaceuticals.
“I’m about to have to take about 10 blood pressure medicines for tomorrow’s practice and I’m going to have to have an ambulance and a doctor ready for me when I go over film,” WVU coach Mike Carey said after the game.
The 73-49 loss was that bad and there’s nothing but black clouds on the horizon as the Mountaineers next encounter comes at 8 p.m. today on FS1 when they travel to Waco to play the No. 1 or 2 — depending upon which poll you follow — ranked defending national champion Baylor Bears.
It’s hard enough an assignment if you are riding the nine-game winning streak that WVU saw broken by Oklahoma. Just ask Connecticut, which was No. 1 and had won 98 consecutive home games until Baylor went there and knocked them off, 74-58.
They returned to league play from that stunner to display total dominance over Oklahoma State, 94-48, and Kansas, 90-47.
“I think Baylor is very good,” Carey said. “Baylor, in my opinion, may be better than they were last year when they won the national championship. I think they’re deeper. So, it’s going to be a tough game, especially coming off this game (Oklahoma). But we’ll see how much heart we have.”
Carey expects the best out of his team despite the circumstance.
“I don’t think any of our players will be scared of playing Baylor,” he said. “That’s one thing — some teams are beat before they even go in there, but our team will go in there and compete.”
“It is what it is,” WVU’s Tynice Martin said after the Oklahoma loss. “We’ve got to bounce back. We’ve got Baylor Saturday.”
WVU brings a number of bumps and bruise with it as it heads for Baylor but Carey refuses to use that as an excuse of any kind.
“All teams are banged up at this time of year,” he said.
What the Mountaineers need to do is get their energy back, for that was what was lacking at Oklahoma.
Carey hopes the challenge of this game will provide the spark they were missing last time out.