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“She gave me a look like, `Yeah, I didn’t eat that time,’” Carey said.

West Virginia won their NCAA opener 79-73 over Houston, a game in which the Mountaineers scored 40 points in the paint, had 26 offensive rebounds and 20 second-chance points. That will be hard to repeat against Baylor.

The Lady Bears rolled to a 66-30 opening-round victory over Prairie View, scoring the first 16 points on the way to a 34-8 halftime lead. Griner, who played a team-high 28 minutes, and Brooklyn Pope each had 17 points.

Mulkey sees similarities in the West Virginia defense and that of Texas A&M, the Big 12 runner-up Baylor has already beaten three times this season.

“When I watched film of West Virginia, that was the first thing I acknowledged, that we were going to see a very well-coached defensive team,” Mulkey said. “I could just tell watching them on film and watching them (Sunday) night defense is very important to their team, and I love that. So many times you see great teams and they don’t play a lick of defense at this level.”

The Mountaineers peaked at No. 6 in the poll, staying there for a month after winning their first 16 games and then being 19-1. They haven’t won consecutive games since.

“They play in a good conference. Their post players are just as good as any post players in the Big 12,” Griner said. “I am just looking forward to the game. They have size in the post and I always love to play against taller posts. It is a good team.”

One that even Carey knows may later question its plans against Griner.

“Don’t get me wrong,” he said. “Go one-on-one with her, you might be saying what the heck where you doing.”