The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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February 21, 2010

WVU’s Miles would like to end season in her hometown

MORGANTOWN — If the West Virginia University women’s basketball team reaches the NCAA Final Four this year, it would be a “dream come true” for Sarah Miles.

San Antonio is the site for the semifinals and championship game, and that happens to be the hometown of the outstanding 5-foot-7 junior guard.

Miles, a leader of the nationally ranked Mountaineers, believes they definitely have Final Four potential. West Virginia took No. 8 and No. 9 rankings in the major polls and a sparkling 23-3 record into Saturday’s Big East game at South Florida.

Miles excelled as a player in AAU prep competition as a shooting guard. She was switched to a point guard at the start of this season.

WVU coach Mike Carey and his staff took notice. She visited other colleges, including the University of Texas, before selecting West Virginia.

“I’m very happy here,” she said.

“I’ve had no second thoughts. I love basketball and this is the best team I’ve ever played on. And I’m very excited that everyone will be coming back next year. So it’s a great feeling that this won’t end this year.”

Miles was chosen by Big East coaches as the conference’s most improved player in 2008-09. “I’m trying to get better and better and better,” she said.

As starting point guard this year, Miles has been a significant contributor to WVU’s soaring success.

This season she has been the Big East leader in both assists and steals per game, and is second in assist-to-turnover ratio.

Nationally, Miles is 10th in assists per game and 29th in steals per game. She is fourth on the team in scoring, averaging 10.1 points per contest.

“Sarah has done a great job for us this year,” Carey said. “She has accepted her role and hit some big shots going down the stretch in the 55-51 win over Rutgers. She got to the rim a couple of times and was fouled and made four free throws at the end.

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