The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Sports

February 7, 2010

Repella a complete player, leader

MORGANTOWN — She was born Elizabeth Ann Repella in Steubenville, Ohio, but everyone calls her Liz.

“Yes, I like that name,” said the 5-foot-11 junior guard on the nationally ranked West Virginia University woman’s basketball team.

Coach Mike Carey thinks she is special not only on the court but in the classroom. Repella is a complete player and most certainly a leader on what could be the best woman’s basketball team in school history.

What’s more, there isn’t a senior on the squad, which means Liz and Co. should be even more successful next winter.

In Saturday’s 75-59 victory at Providence, Repella led the way with 25 points ahd 10 rebounds. She became the 27th 1,000-point scorer in women’s basketball history here, and posted her 14th career double-double. She now is averaging 14.5 points and an even 6.0 rebounds for the 23 games.

The Mountaineers were 21-2 overall, including 8-2 in the Big East, occupied third place in the conference standings and ranked eighth and 11th in the two major polls.

While her father, Gary Repella, played basketball at Ohio State in the early 1970s, Liz is “very, very happy” performing for WVU. She is a 3.95 student in exercise physiology.

For the second time, she has been named to the NCAA District II academic first team. She now is being considered for academic national honors.

Carey called her very successful on and off the floor and an extremely important part of his program.

“She is a team leader and goes 100 percent at all times,” he said. “She is 100 percent coachable with a great attitude and work ethic.

“She is second to none. And I hope that carries over to hard work and success in the classroom.”

Besides her scoring and rebounding this season, Repella has made 1.3 assists, 1.6 steals and 0.5 shot blocks per game.

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