MORGANTOWN - Asya Bussie knows more will be expected of her as the only returning starter from last year's West Virginia University Women's Basketball Team.
The 6-foot-4 junior center from Randallsville, MD., is confident that she can be more productive than she was in '09 stats the past seasons.
She hopes to show improvement in the team's trip to France and Italy next month.
The Mountaineers will play only three games, but those are to be the best foreign teams available.
"Yes, I am, confident that I can score and rebound more this year," Bussie said. "I expect to be more productive as a junior
"I love to play inside. And Coach (Mike) Carey wants us to get the ball into the post area and make more plays this year."
Bussie, who set a school record with 2 blocked shots as a freshman, averaged 9.2 points and 5.1 rebounds to date. She has 132 points, 355 rebounds, 129 blocks and 80 steals.
"I'm really excited about going overseas," Bussie said. "I've never really been out of the country much. But we'll be there for just three games, so we will have a lot of the time to look around."
She readily admits that Coach Carey is very vocal, but that all the players know he does that to make the team better. It is one of the youngest teams he has ever had.
Bussie is excited that former WVU student Lester Rowe recently was hired as her position coach. She is aware that he was an outstanding player who later coached as an assistant coach for the men's team.
"We're going to work hard on defense as well as offense," she said. "Coach Carey will put us in positions where we can make more plays.
"Running the court, I think will we'll do very well this year. I think we'll do all the things to be successful. I think we'll do well both in our home games as well as those on the road."
WVU expects to be strongest in the post area. Besides Bussie, 6-foot-5 senior Natalie Burton and 6-foot-3 Aysha Dannig play inside.