"Our post players? How many good looks did we have at the rim?'' Carey asked. "And Liz had good looks, too. She just didn't make any.''
With Natalie Novosel scoring 22 points and three others in double figures - including point guard Skylar Diggins with a rare double-double of 10 points and as many turnovers - Notre Dame built leads as big as 14 points in the first half and 18 in the second. The Mountaineers led 9-5 early and were within 15-13 at one point, but a 13-1 run all but sealed WVU's fate.
West Virginia never got closer than nine points in the final 20 minutes.
Sarah Miles led West Virginia with 16 points, five assists and six steals, but she also shot just 8-for-21 from the field. The Mountaineers as a team shot only 35 percent, were outrebounded 40-31 and had trouble taking advantage of all those Notre Dame turnovers because of 23 of their own.
West Virginia also suffered because foul trouble limited one of the players who might have been able to defend in the post, Madina Ali, to just four minutes in the first half and 17 total.
"It's because she gets so psyched and so excited,'' Carey said of Ali's penchant for fouls. "But we've got to be smarter than that.''
The rest of West Virginia's schedule now is one of those good news, bad news deals. The good news is that Notre Dame was the last ranked team on WVU's regular-season schedule.
The bad news is that the Mountaineers still don't get much of a break in the final two games. On Sunday comes an afternoon game at traditional powerhouse Rutgers (15-11, 8-5), then just two days later - Monday night at the Coliseum - WVU playls host to St. John's (18-8, 7-6) in the final home game for the team's five seniors.
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com.