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Repella sets good example

November 10, 2010

MORGANTOWN - West Virginia University has had several outstanding players in women's basketball over the years.

What undoubtedly separates Liz Repella from many of those, however, is that she's an Academic All-America selection. She excels in the classroom as well as on the court.

The 6-foot, 165-pound senior from Steubenville, Ohio, is pretty much an all-around performer. She also is a leader on the nation's 11th-ranked women's team.

Her father, Gary, played basketball at Ohio State. But daughter Liz is quite content at WVU to be a part of a record-setting 2009-10 team that returned intact.

"If I had to do it over today, I'd still pick West Virginia over all other interested schools," she said. "I love it here.

"I like the coaches, my teammates, our staff and the whole state of West Virginia."

As one of the Big East Conference's premier players, Repella led WVU to the best-ever records (29-6 overall and 13-3 in the conference) last season. She averaged 13.9 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. She also had 40 assists, 49 steals and blocked 18 shots.

Mike Carey, the Mountaineers' veteran head coach, said she is one of the most complete players he ever coached.

"She's like a sponge," he stated. "Very coachable, works hard in practice, and she works hard out of practice." Carey continued.

"She sets a great example for the other players. If everyone had her attitude and work ethic, it would make my job a lot easier.

"She is one of the most complete and one of the most coachable players that I have ever had, and her work ethic and leadership are second to none."

Repella made All-Big East first team last season and is on the preseason first team this year.

She topped all scorers with 21 points in last Saturday night's 99-42 exhibition victory over Fairmont State. She played only 25 minutes and also had six rebounds.

Coach Carey wants his team to score in the 70s this year, and she agrees that this shouldn't be difficult.

"We finished last in the Big East in foul shooting last year," she recalled. "So we've been working on that and it will help."

Repella said she and other seniors already have told newcomers what to expect playing in the Big East. They also are trying to distinguish between taking good shots and bad shots.

"We've got good quickness and good size," she noted. "But we've got to be better than we were last year. Other teams are."

Yes, she would like to play at the next level if she gets the opportunity, but her focus is strictly on this season.

Repella has played in exactly 100 games going into Friday night's season opener at home against Loyola of Maryland. Her career statistics include 409 field goals in 1,034 attempts, 176 of 284 free throws, 1,134 points (11.4 per game), and 527 rebounds (3.3 average).

Repella was an all-Ohio standout at Steubenville High School. She earned numerous honors there as well as at WVU. She made ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA first team Academic All-America status.

She is also on the Athletic Director's Academic Honor Roll. Last year she was on the women's NIT all-tournament team.

Repella is ranked in the Big East Conference's Top 10 in virtually every offensive and defensive category.



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