"I think we emphasize [defense] and we work on it a lot in practice," Carey said. "Our players have to buy into that to get onto the floor. It's important, if you want to be a good defensive team, you've got to work at it."
Sophomore Taylor Palmer leads West Virginia in scoring, averaging 13.6 points, while junior Asya Bussie joins her in double figures at 12.9. Bussie is also one of four players averaging over six rebounds as the Mountaineers have built a plus-11.7 average rebounding advantage.
WVU has one last conference game, a trip to Providence at 2 p.m. on Saturday, before heading to Charleston Tuesday for a showdown with Marshall in the Charleston Civic Center.
"It's good, it gives an opportunity for our fans in the Charleston area to hopefully come out and see us play," Carey said. "That's always good. A lot of times it's tough to make the drive all the way to Morgantown.
"I'm sure the young players don't understand how hard Marshall is going to play. All the sudden you're playing in conference and then you're out of conference. They're a much-improved team this year. They play a lot of people and they do a lot of pressing a lot of different things. [Marshall] Coach [Royce] Chadwick has got them playing hard."
The women will get their own night in the spotlight this year as the game will be held the day before the men's game, as opposed to being held on the same night. While the separation gives the women a headlining role, Carey hopes the same number of people will turn out.
"I think it's great as long as we get attendance," Carey said. "Before, we knew in the second half of the game we'd have a great crowd because there were a lot of people there to see the men. We hope we'll get some support and get WVU and MU fans out to support two great programs."
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