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Future Looks Bright For WVU Women's Basketball Team

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All the West Virginia women's basketball team can do for its 2012-2013 season is wonder what could have been. The season ended with a 66-53 loss to Delaware in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

What would the season have looked like had Asya Bussie not suffered a season ending knee injury on the second day of practice back in October? What if the best player off the bench and energy spark plug Jess Harlee had not done the same in the regular season finale at Texas?

Wondering about the answers to those questions would be a waste of time. The better question is, what will this program do next year?

Unfortunately for the Mountaineers they say goodbye to senior Ayana Dunning. She was responsible for a ton of production this season. On the bright side, she is the only senior on the roster.

"I have enjoyed all four years here with my teammates," Dunning said following the loss. "While I do have this bitter taste in my mouth, I couldn't have been happier to play at another University."

This team had to overcome a ton of adversity between the injuries to key players and getting used to competing in a new conference and all that entailed.

Head Coach Mike Carey should have a deep team next season. The roster  will show a handful of seniors and an entire team that has experience playing in the Big 12.

"I think this team has a great opportunity," Dunning said when asked about next year's Mountaineers. "Everybody is coming back except for myself. They are going to be very experienced. It will be their second year in the Big 12 so they will be more familiar with it. Five seniors who are all great players and great people. "They have a great opportunity with great leadership and I think they will be great next year."

"I hate that we are losing Yaya," Guard Christal Caldwell stated. "She is a great person and a great player. I think we can be really great next year."

Just how great this team can be depends on the players and their offseason approach. Injured players must finish their rehab and get back to full strength. The rest of the team will undoubtedly enjoy their spring break, and return to Morgantown looking to improve.

"Coach just got finished talking to us about our future and this is the time now where we have to start working on our game and work on ourselves and get in the gym," Caldwell said. "This is when teams are made is over the summer. If we do our job, we could be great."

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