SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - The resume for the West Virginia women's basketball team continues to strengthen.
The Mountaineers remain No. 6 in this week's Associated Press Top 25 poll and No. 7 in the ESPN/USA Today poll. They are now 15-0 following Wednesday afternoon's 67-46 Big East victory at Seton Hall, boosting their league record to 2-0.
Does WVU coach Mike Carey feel his team is worthy of a top-10 ranking?
"Some periods I feel we're a top-10 team," he said after Wednesday's victory, "and some periods I feel we're a bottom-10 team."
After the 21-point win, however, Carey was in a good mood - with good reason. Standout point guard Sarah Miles is not only back from a knee injury, she played 23 minutes on Wednesday. She scored six points, had three assists and four rebounds to go with five turnovers.
"We're just getting Sarah back from that knee and we're trying to get her in the swing of things," said the Mountaineer coach. "Brooke Hampton did a great job for a freshman filling in, and now we have a nice thing going at the point."
The team's leading scorer, however, remains Liz Repella, who had a season-high 24 points against Seton Hall at Walsh Gymnasium. Repella was 10-of-16 from the field (including 4-of-7 from 3-point range), while Madina Ali had 10 points in 22 minutes. Senior Vanessa House had eight first-half points off the bench.
After taking a 38-19 lead at halftime, WVU gave up an 11-1 run to the Pirates (7-8, 0-2) to start the second half.
"I think we were a step slow coming out of the gates in the second half," Repella said. "All year our defense leads our offense and it wasn't very good in the beginning of the second half. Once we started playing better defense, we hit a couple shots and it started going our way again."