NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — West Virginia’s second-round game against top-seeded Stanford will be a clash of styles.
The one that prevails will go a long way toward determining if the top-seeded Cardinal continue on their way to a fifth consecutive women’s Final Four appearance, or if the Mountaineers move into the third round for the second time in school history.
West Virginia coach Mike Carey says his team needs to play a tougher brand of basketball against the more athletic Cardinal, and to essentially push the envelope on physicality as far as the referees will let them.
That’s not what Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer wants to hear. She takes a John Wooden approach, and says basketball is not football or rugby, and that putting the players’ skills on display is best for the women’s game.