"Each day we go to practice and we try to get better and better, one possession at a time," she said. "We're still trying to come together as a team. We have good team chemistry. Each individual tries to help the next teammate."
The Mountaineers can be seen as the goal to reach. WVU has made the NCAA Tournament in five of the past six seasons, losing in the second round last season to Stanford. The team tied for second in the Big 12 preseason poll and is led by junior guards Taylor Palmer (11.0 points per game) and Christal Caldwell (10.3 ppg).
Opponents shoot just 37.1 percent from the floor against WVU, and Daniel said the team is built in the image of Coach Mike Carey.
"They're the personality of their head coach," he said, "which is an aggressive, hard-nosed style of basketball that tries to make it tough on you to score and ram it down your throat on the other end to get the ball in the basket."
Daniel said tonight's game will be a learning experience for his team, but he doesn't talk to his players about using the game as a barometer. There are other, more important things on which to focus. Still, the players are anxious to meet WVU in the 52nd game between the two programs. They know the caliber of opponent on the horizon.
"That means we have to go out and play at a higher level," Woods said. "It's exciting. You always hear about the bigger conference teams in the Big East or the ACC. It also allows you to see how you are as a player compared to them, and it's just another opportunity to prove yourself."
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