MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — WVU women’s basketball coach Mike Carey walked briskly toward the Oklahoma State bench as the final buzzer sounded Wednesday, Feb. 19, at the Coliseum.
At midcourt, Carey extended his hand to Oklahoma State coach Jim Littell, who leaned toward Carey’s left ear and offered the ultimate praise:
“You’re a Final Four team.”
On this night, Littell couldn’t have been blamed for heaping praise on the 13th-ranked Mountaineers (23-3, 12-2 Big 12), who turned in one of the finest performances of the Carey era with a 77-45 throttling of the No. 12 Cowgirls, before a home crowd of 2,087.
Carey, though, was taken aback by Littell’s kind words, even if they did come in the aftermath of the largest margin of victory against a ranked foe in program history.
“He said that, and I kind of acted like I didn’t hear him,” Carey said later. “We looked like a pretty good team. If you saw us on TV against Oklahoma the other night, nobody would have said that. On any given night, we’re a pretty good team, but I don’t get caught up in that…”