MORGANTOWN - For more than an hour following Tuesday night's loss to Connecticut by West Virginia's women's basketball team, after the crowd had filed out of the Coliseum and cleaning crews banged around in the seating areas with brooms and garbage bags, the action on the floor never let up.
It was Truck Bryant, along with a couple of volunteers for rebound-and-return, working on his shot, mostly the one from 3-point range.
He might have been better served to work on his layups, because that's apparently what Bob Huggins has determined is West Virginia's only option at this point and the one he will continue to stress.
"After a while, you're like, 'Damn, somebody bank one in or something,'" Huggins said after Monday's 71-66 loss to No. 4 Pitt. "We were 4-for-17 from 3. And you know what? For the most part they were pretty good looks. [Pitt] goes 1-for-6 from 3 and they just pound it at you and pound it at you and pound it at you.''
With seven regular-season games remaining - beginning with a 4 p.m. Saturday home game against DePaul - it seems that is exactly what Huggins is hoping to do in order to somehow begin scoring some points. Monday's 66-point output against the Panthers was the sixth game in a row - and the ninth in the past 11 games - that West Virginia failed to score at least 70 points.
Granted, only three of those nine were losses, but fewer points puts even more of a burden on the Mountaineers' defense. And that's already what this team relies on to win games.
Thus the Monday reliance on Deniz Kilicli. The 6-foot-9, 270-pound sophomore scored a career-high 19 points. He did it almost exclusively with his difficult-to-fathom - much less defend - hook shot, usually from about five feet from the basket.
If the Mountaineers can't shoot the ball from the outside - and they have proven time and again that is the case - the only option to score is to get it closer. So that's the emphasis.
"We finally threw him the ball,'' Huggins said of Kilicli, who was 9-of-13 shooting and missed only two of those hooks. "We should have thrown him the ball in the Villanova game and we didn't.''
Kilicli, of course, can't be the only scoring option for West Virginia, but working the ball inside and trying to create opportunities for him to score - as well as Kevin Jones and even Cam Thoroughman - has to be the emphasis.
That's the reality because of the way the Mountaineers are shooting the ball of late.
Bryant, in the last 11 games dating back to Jan. 1, is 21-for-82 from the floor (25.6 percent) and 8-for-40 (20 percent) on 3-pointers.