A New Blog, A New Roster, A New Season..

Looking for something new in the world of WVU women’s basketball?  This blog may be the place for you.  My name is Terry Fletcher and I am a journalism major at West Virginia University. For (at least) the next six weeks, you can follow my journey to inform not only the Morgantown-area, but anyone willing to listen, of the other Mountaineer basketball team that has enjoyed its share of success over the past several seasons. Some of you may be asking yourself  “What does this guy know that I can’t read about on any other Mountaineer website?”  A reasonable question in my opinion. But to answer it, for the past two years I have volunteered my free time to helping the women’s team on the court. At West Virginia University, as well as other colleges and universities around the country, there is what is called a “scout team”. This “team” is made up of male students enrolled in West Virginia University who are willing to sacrifice their bodies (and weekends) in the hope that it may help the women’s team reach their ultimate goal of a national championship.

As a member of the scout team, I have a first-hand look at what goes on behind-the-scenes of a major Division-I program, as well as the sacrifice and effort it takes from each person involved with the team, coach and player alike.  I have developed close relationships with the players and coaches and understand what they are trying accomplish. This blog will be able to provide you with coach and player profiles, recruiting updates and information, and interviews with your favorite players. Unfortunately, you will also hear my opinions and views as I try to predict the outcome of the upcoming season and which players will have the most impact. Thank you and enjoy.

Top Recruits Fill Depleted Roster

After a number of injuries and transfers, the WVU women’s basketball team had a serious problem on their hands. They only had seven players, three of which are coming off major surgeries. Luckily, the recruiting season was generous to the Mountaineers as they landed three recruits, all of whom can help take WVU to the top of women’s basketball.

The three incoming freshman are Asya Bussie, Akeema Richards, and Antishia Wright.

Bussie, a 6’4 center from Seton Keough HS in Maryland provides depth in the frontcourt and gives returning 6’5 sophomore Natalie Burton some help around the rim. Busse was the 2009 Baltimore Sun Player of the Year and averaged 16 points, 11 rebounds, three blocks per game.

Richards comes to the Mountaineers from Western HS in Maryland. She helps replace senior point guard Ashley Powell and gives the Mountaineers another threat in the backcourt. Richards averaged 13 points, 5.9 rebounds, four assists, and 2.6 steals per game at Western High School where she was a 2009 first-team all-state selection.

Antishia Wright will fill in the hole left by senior Takisha Granberry at the forward postion. A Boyton Beach, Fl. native, the 5’11 forward possesses great three-point shooting and all-around game that will fit well in head coach Mike Carey’s system.

“All the girls we have recruited are skilled athletic players that we feel can help take our program to the next level,” said Graduate Assistant Kyle Cooper. “We are very excited to have them as Mountaineers.”

Head coach Mike Carey, who was away on recruiting visits, was unavailable for comment.


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8 responses to “A New Blog, A New Roster, A New Season..

  1. Megan

    Congrats on the new site Terry!! I’ll be back to check it out often to see your work! Awesome so far, keep it up!! Best Wishes, Meg 🙂

  2. Brannan

    Great blog Terry! Hopefully playing with the 28.5’s won’t affect your shot too much for intramurals.

  3. Ryan Burgess

    You seem to know your stuff…it’s a good read and I will try to stay involved

  4. terry

    Very good intro. I hope the lady mountaineers get off to a good start. I am looking forward to see what goes on behind the scenes that makes the mountaineers so successful.

  5. Travis

    Terry,

    Finally, a site about women’s basketball here at WVU. Most websites and blogs always talk about how boring women’s basketball is, but hopefully you can enlighten fans of all ages about the amount of work and effort the girl’s and staff put in to make the team a success. This team has had unprecedented success but lacks a large true fan base. I look forward to following your journey and will pass this along to all of my friends.

  6. Mr. T

    i pity the fool that don’t be reading this super-awesome blog

  7. joshL

    i completely agree w. Mr. T. great start to your blog terry. keep it up!

  8. Cici

    Very well written, young Terry Alan!

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