Q&A with WVU women’s basketball coach Mike Carey

MORGANTOWN — The pounding on the podium comes from Mike Carey’s pointed fingers, as the WVU women’s basketball coach begins talking about next season.
“I told our coaches before they left: Recruiting starts right now,” Carey said, just moments after the Mountaineers’ season came to an end on March 28, in the semifinals of the WNIT. “It starts right now. Forget about this game, the season is over. We’ve got to worry about next year and we’re moving forward, without a doubt.”
Carey, who will coach his 18th year at WVU next season, promises he is looking for more players to add to a recruiting class that already ranks No. 16 in the nation, according to ESPN.
It took only two weeks for Carey to deliver on that promise, signing former McDonald’s high school all-Americans Bianca Cuevas-Moore — a starting point guard for South Carolina’s 2017 national championship team — and De’Janae Boykin, a former UConn recruit, who played the last two seasons with Penn State.
Boykin must sit out next season due to NCAA transfer rules. The 2019-’20 season will be her final year of eligibility.
Cuevas-Moore is expected to graduate from South Carolina this spring and will be eligible this season, which will be her final year of eligibility.
The transfers add much optimism to an upcoming season that already looks special on paper with a healthy return of star guard Tynice Martin — she sat out all of last season with a foot injury — and Michigan transfer Kysre Gondrezick, who will become eligible after sitting out last season.
But before looking ahead, we take one last look at what might have been, as we begin our question-and-answer session with Carey:

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