MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia University’s women’s basketball team sits at No. 7 in the AP poll with Kansas scheduled to roll into Morgantown on Tuesday night.
A win to close the regular season will guarantee the Mountaineers (26-3, 15-2) at least a share of this year’s Big 12 Conference title.
“I think they’re going to be focused,” WVU coach Mike Carey of his team’s mindset on Monday’s MetroNews “Talkline.”
“There’s a lot of the line. It’s senior night. Our five seniors, (it’s) their last night playing in the Coliseum, so I think we’ll be excited. We’ve just got to come out and pay attention to details and we should be in good shape.”
On Sunday, WVU handed Baylor, then ranked No. 6 nationally, the Lady Bears’ first home loss in four years with a 71-69 win in Waco, Texas.
Baylor (25-4, 15-2) will be on the road at Iowa State on Tuesday. A loss for Baylor and a win for WVU on Tuesday would give the Mountaineers the Big 12 title outright. If Baylor and WVU win their last regular-season game, the teams will share that title.
“It’s a great group and they believe they’re going to win and they fight until the last second and that’s all you can ask out of your players,” said Carey.
He said the Mountaineers, though, do have a bigger goal “We’ve got to get to the Sweet 16 and beyond. I just think that’s our goal and we’ve been there close and been to the NCAAs a lot of times, but we’ve never been able to really make a run.”
Tipoff for Tuesday night’s game at the WVU Coliseum is set for 7 p.m.