There was a 13-game winning streak that started after a season-opening loss to Ohio State. Almost none of those games were even close, which perhaps says a bit about the quality of the schedule (the team's RPI strength of schedule was No. 160 before the Baylor game), but this was still a team good enough to go into Stillwater, Okla., last weekend and beat an Oklahoma State team that hadn't lost all season. That's no fluke.
It's just that this game the Mountaineers didn't show up. Cristal Caldwell, for instance, averages almost 13 points per game but went 0 for 11. Baylor had 21 more rebounds. It was 13-2 to start the game and seldom was it close again.
"Hopefully they'll come back ready to work,'' Carey said. "It doesn't get any easier.''
(Random Sims factoid No. 3: Baylor's only loss this season was, get this, 133-130 to Kentucky in four overtimes at Jerry Jones' AT&T Stadium in Dallas, a game in which Sims had a previous-best 47 points, but she and six [yes, 6] other Bears fouled out.)
Well, the doesn't-get-any-easier thing isn't quite right. Just about everyone is easier than Baylor, but you can still respect Carey's point. West Virginia has a lot of difficult games remaining and the likelihood of more 13-game win streaks this season isn't good.
But nor does this appear to be a team that will fold under the pressure of league play. It's a veteran team with five seniors and three juniors among the top nine players and has been through a few wars.
"From the beginning we were trying to play catch-up the whole game,'' said one of those seniors, Asya Bussie. "But we'll bounce back. We just have to focus.''
(Random Sims factoid No. 4: Sims, who did have more points than WVU throughout the entire first half and finished the game scoring or assisting on 20 of her team's 25 field goals, scored her final point with 1:40 to play, but never looked up at the scoreboard to see how many that was. Would she have gone for 50 if she'd known? "Trick question,'' Sims smirked. No answer was forthcoming.)
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