Bussie is joined in double-figure scoring by three perimeter players - senior Christal Caldwell (15.5), sophomore Bria Holmes (13.0) and senior Taylor Palmer (12.8). The trio has combined to hit 40 of WVU's 50 3-pointers this season.
In all, the Mountaineers have nine players averaging over 15 minutes per game.
"We're pretty deep," Carey said. "I've got nine or 10 kids I'm very comfortable with putting in there. We've got four girls averaging double-figures, and we'd like to get it to at least five or six.
"We've got five seniors that have been in our system for four years and they understand what we're looking for on the defensive end. We emphasize defense, we emphasize balance and balancing the floor, and we emphasize good shot selection."
Though West Virginia came into last year's meeting ranked in the top 25, Daniel said this year's Mountaineer squad looks even better on film.
"The game [today] will be a real big test," Daniel said. "They look really, really, really, really, really good - a lot better than they were last year.
"They're really athletic, they pound the ball inside, and they sit down and guard you. They play the game the way it's supposed to be played. They're physical and athletic the way you're supposed to be on our level."
As for the Herd, two of its three wins have come against below-Division I opponents (Bluefield College, WVU Tech), but they also had a stretch in mid-November in which they lost games to Morehead State and Indiana State by a combined three points.
Junior Leah Scott leads the Herd in scoring at 12 points per game.
Both coaches went out of their way to downplay the rivalry tag, pointing only to the game and none of the hype around it.
"Personally, it's another game that we've got to play where we're going in trying to win," Carey said. "With Marshall being in the same state, everyone tries to make it into a rivalry game. I like their coaching staff and they have good kids and as far as anything above and beyond that, I don't see anything."
"It's almost a forced rivalry," Daniel said. "Anytime you play an in-state team that you're going to play every year, people tend to get a little more geared up. It's going to be a tough test for us regardless."
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