CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- University of Charleston senior Jessi Cowden nodded her head after committing a foul and before the words came out of the mouth of Coach Adam Collins.
"Jessi! Jessi!," yelled Collins.
Cowden turned and mouthed, "I know," simultaneously with Collins' "That was dumb."
"I knew," Cowden said after the game. "He didn't have to tell me."
During the course of her career-high 44-point effort in an 87-70 West Virginia Conference women's basketball victory over Bluefield State (12-10, 10-9) on Thursday night, not everything went perfect.
But, it was close.
Cowden hit 8-of-10 3-pointers and her point total was a personal best for a career that included two years at Midland College, a junior college in Midland, Texas - and a year at University of Texas of the Permian Basin.
She joined Collins when he accepted the head coaching position at UC, replacing Sherry Winn.
Her transition to UC has been relatively smooth, she said, with the exception of getting used to the winding roads and the increasing regularity of her motion sickness.
"West Texas is flat, you can see 100 miles and here you can't do that," she said. "It's throwing me off. I don't know which direction to go."