Palmer was averaging 17.5 points per when WVU started Big East play at Syracuse Dec. 7. The Orange forced her into 4-for-16 shooting. She managed 10 points and she's had 8, 2, 7 and 13 points in the past four games, all back in the Big East.
"It's part of growing up and learning how to play the game and how to be a great player at this level," she said. "People are going to know who you are and they're going try to stop what you do. It's up to you to do better."
Palmer hasn't stopped shooting. She took 12 shots and tried eight 3s in Saturday's loss at Providence. Palmer was 1-for-8, but 3-for-4 inside the line and 4-for-4 from the foul line.
"I kind of let the game come to me and I was taking open shots and taking my time, but when they saw me hitting shots in the second half, they kind of rushed out to cover me," she said. "Instead of me taking my time and relaxing, I rushed some of my shots a little bit.
"One thing I have to do is if they're running at me, take one dribble and pull up or kick it to someone else or get to the basket and either shoot it or swing it to someone else."
Carey wasn't upset with Palmer's shot selection and he let her play 34 minutes, which is just about normal. Palmer contributed four rebounds, two assists and two steals and Carey will keep running Palmer out there.
That's how he coaches and that's how these Mountaineers play.
Center Asya Bussie is shooting 58.8 percent from the floor and averaged 12.9 points. Center Ayana Dunning averages 7.6 points and shoots 83.8 percent at the free throw line.
They've taken the third- and fourth-most shots on the team, which opens the perimeter for Palmer and others, though Palmer has made almost half of WVU's 88 3.s.
"Make no doubt about it - teams extend a lot more on her now. But she'll be the first one to tell you she's had some great looks and they just haven't done down," Carey said. "I tell her she can not worry about that and can't let missing a couple shots affect her game. If she keeps defending and passing and rebounding, the scoring will come.
"There are times she gets frustrated with her shooting and I have to take her out, but only because she's not working on the other end, not because she's missing shots. I'll never take someone out because she's missing shots."
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