Women's Basketball Previews - West Virginia Mountaineers

WATCH NOW - Media Day Interview with Madina Ali
WATCH NOW - Media Day Interview with Liz Repella

The BIG Picture
The Mountaineers had a super 2009-10 campaign going 29-6, 13-3 BIG EAST play. WVU advanced to the title game of the BIG EAST Championship for the second time in school history (also accomplished in 2006). This year they return eight letterwinners. West Virginia finished the year ranked No. 16 in the USA Today/Coaches' Poll and No. 10 in the AP Poll. The final rankings were the highest in school history since 1991-92. West Virginia also advanced to the NCAA Championship for the third time in the last four years.

Who's Returning
Led by All-BIG EAST First Team selection Liz Repella, West Virginia has one of the most veteran teams in the league. The guard averaged a team-leading 13.9 ppg last year, along with 5.9 rpg. Forward/guard Korinne Campbell also will be relied on heavily after averaging 10.5 points and 7.4 rebounds. Guard Sarah Miles also will be key to the team's success as her scoring (10.1 ppg last season) gives the team another offensive threat. Center Asya Bussie (10.1 ppg, 5.5 rpg) and forward Madina Ali (6.7 ppg, 7.0 rpg) also made 30+ starts last season and are experienced players.

Who's Gone

Not losing a starter should be a significant advantage for the Mountaineers this season. The continunity of a core group that won 29 games last season should prove valuable. Guards Akeema Richards (2.1 points), Amanda Wright (0.7 points) and Jessica Capers (0.3 ppg) were all reserve players who will not return.

Storylines
Coming off the highest number of wins in school history (29) along with a solid core of eight letterwinners, West Virginia is poised for success in 2010-11. The Mountaineers also are riding a 17-game home court win streak dating back to February 2009. Guard Liz Repella will be the focal point of the team, both on and off the court. She was an ESPN The Magazine First Team Academic All-America selection last year, as well as the 2009 BIG EAST Women's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year.