- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 4, 2003

Seen and heard last night at WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, W.Va.:

CO-BIG EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK At least this time Georgetown's Mike Sweetney shared the league's player of the week award with a deserving player: Boston College guard Troy Bell. Bell, a senior, scored 65 points in two BC road wins. Bell, who might be the front-runner for conference player of the year, is averaging a record 27.9 points in Big East games. Meanwhile, Sweetney was just three assists and three blocks shy of posting a quadruple-double in Saturday's 93-84 overtime loss to No. 12 Syracuse. Sweetney's monstrous line against the Orangemen read 31 points, 19 rebounds, seven assists and seven blocks.

This is the second time this season Sweetney, who is second in the league in scoring (22.8) and rebounding (10.2), has shared player of the week honors. On Jan. 13, Sweetney split the award with Pittsburgh's Ontario Lett in a statistical mismatch. Lett had one big game Jan. 6 against Notre Dame in which he went 10-for-10 from the floor for a team-high 20 points. During that week, Sweetney scored 58 points, grabbed 25 rebounds and swatted seven shots.

FAMILY AFFAIR, PART I The folks here in Morgantown might want to think about renaming one of their roads Bulger Boulevard. Kate Bulger is the latest member of her family to get people excited about West Virginia sports. Bulger, the younger sister of St. Louis Rams quarterback Marc Bulger, is lighting up WVU Coliseum this season as the star of the Mountaineers women's basketball team. The 5-foot-11 shooting guard set a WVU Coliseum women's scoring record with a career-high 36 points in her last game against Syracuse and was named Big East player of the week.

Bulger, a junior, is third in the nation in 3-point percentage (47.2) and has started every game of her West Virginia career. She was second-team All-Big East last season after averaging 15.4 points. Let's hope Bulger gets more respect after this season than her brother did during his. All Marc Bulger did was go 6-0 as the Rams starter, but he was demoted when Kurt Warner became healthy.

FAMILY AFFAIR, PART II West Virginia coach John Beilein deserves a round of applause. His son, Patrick, is a 6-foot-4 freshman shooting guard and averages 5.2 points. Here's the best part: the Mountaineers get a decent player and don't have to use a scholarship on him.

Ken Wright

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