Nnemkadi Ogwumike said it's nothing the Cardinal haven't seen before.
"I think finesse ... a lot of times it's a lot more fun to watch and sometimes it's a lot more fun to play, obviously, because you don't want to be getting beat up all the time,'' she said. "But we always step up to the challenge and we understand that West Virginia is physical and up in your grill when it comes to defense.''
That doesn't mean the Mountaineers will get to set the tempo, though.
"We can be physical and keep the game fast and I think that's kind of what our style is, and I think that's where the finesse component of Stanford basketball comes into play,'' she said.
Carey got to see it in person when the Cardinal beat Hampton 73-51 in the first round, a game in which the older Ogwumike led the fast break several times and scored 22 of her 28 points by halftime.
"I like our defense against their halfcourt offense. I don't like our defense if they're running and getting easy shots in transition or if we're turning it over and they're getting the fast-break points,'' he said.
Playing their final season in the Big East before moving to the Big 12, West Virginia twice played teams at Stanford's level this season. It lost to Connecticut and won at Notre Dame.
The latter game, Carey said, gives his team hope that today could be a special night.
"I can go back a month ago when nobody believed we could beat Notre Dame at Notre Dame, either, in front of a capacity crowd. Nobody gave us a chance but the people in the locker room,'' he said.
"Nobody's picking us to win this game,'' he continued, "but us.''