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Cassie Sant, center court, hands on hips

Have game, will travel

9:40 AM  Jan 31st, 2013
by Matthew Dewald

Bill Carey ’80 is too modest even to think it, but a story he told at last night’s Flyers game has one very obvious conclusion.

First, the story. About a decade ago, he found himself a parent volunteer coaching his fourth-grade daughter’s basketball team in Kettering, Ohio. He needed better players, so he asked his daughter, Holly, a few scouting questions:

“Is there anybody tall in your class?”

“Cassie Sant.”

“Is there anybody fast in your class?”

“Cassie Sant.”

Mom Penny remembers it a bit differently.

“Holly came home complaining that one girl kept beating her at everything in recess.”

Yes, also Cassie Sant.

Carey got her on the team.

Which leads to the very obvious conclusion he is too modest to make: He launched her career and, with it, made his contribution to the justifiably high hopes Flyer fans have for the women’s team this season.

It was very easy last night to hear every basket drop as Sant tallied her second career double-double (12 points, 10 rebounds, both season highs) on the Rams’ home court. At times, you could’ve heard a pin drop. Close your eyes, and the sound — well, its absence, really — would tell you that wherever you are, it sure isn’t raucous UD Arena.

The official stat sheet counted an exceedingly generous 377 fans in attendance. (Here’s hoping VCU can pull in many more now that they’re in the A-10.) Bill and Penny Carey were among them, sitting just a few rows behind the Flyer bench. They moved to Richmond, Va., four years ago for Bill’s position with SunTrust Mortgage and waited in the stands to say hello to Sant after the game.

VCU’s men have stormed into the A-10 this season; last night, the struggling VCU women got a taste of the A-10s elite on the women’s side. The Flyers arrived with a 17-1 record and left 18-1. It wasn’t always pretty, but it followed basketball’s rule of thumb: Dominate at home, survive on the road.

He’ll get another chance to catch up with Sant on Sunday when the Flyers bring their swagger back to town to take on the University of Richmond, just 7 miles down the road.

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