I'd say our first good win this year and hopefully the last two games are a wakeup call for the coachWish I could have seen this one too. None the less, another good win for the ladies. 6 and 1 heading into a Wednesday night game at Mackey against a 5 and 1 Syracuse team in the Big 10/ACC Challenge. I'll take that.
I think our biggest source of disagreement is the 5 cupcake games. You seem to put stock in those results, to me they were easy wins that UMinn could have beaten pretty easily in 4 of the 5 at least.The coach is doing fine. They are a FG from being undefeated at 7-0.
Michael — I do think you bring up interesting points. I just don’t buy into them completely. As for practice, Coach Gearlds is at practice and none of us are. She knows what her team needs to work on better than us. Learn played a key part in our last victory so it is not like she was not ready for the moment.I think our biggest source of disagreement is the 5 cupcake games. You seem to put stock in those results, to me they were easy wins that UMinn could have beaten pretty easily in 4 of the 5 at least.
To me at least its like a world class chess player playing High school chess team as a warm up before a big tournament. No matter how many little mistakes he might make, he is still going to mop the board with them. This can lead to bad habits and systemic sloppy play. But when he makes those same errors against players of his skill level, he will lose.
My concerns are:
- CKG (paraphrased) "We only practice our offense 15-30 minutes a practice because the offense will take care of itself, it will always be there". To me that is not enough time to work all 10 players through to get them developmental time on the offense or for all combinations you will use in games to get practice time together, and players like Woltman and Learn who need it most are probably getting very little of that time. And our offense against FSU and OSU looked like it needed a lot more practice to avoid the scoring droughts and being stagnant.
- small ball lineup, Harper was dominated in both the last two games and we gave up lots of Offensive rebounds because of it. The Big Ten is not a league you can successfully play small ball in IMHO. Even CKG has stated we will need Woltman and Learn in conference games...... SO PLAY THEM AGAINST THE CUPCAKES SO THEY GET BETTER!!! Learn off the bench saved the OSU game... Maybe play her more so she develops more and you might win a couple extra tight games in conference play. Limiting her to 5 minutes of garbage time against SW Arkansas St polytechnic is not doing her any favors and could come back to bite this team in later games or in the transfer portal.
- Layden at point, she is not a good enough ball handler or distributor for this to work against good teams and is begging to get us pressed.... it also takes her away from being an offensive weapon where she is most effective.
- Hardin starting or playing large amounts of minutes..... she is an albatross around this teams neck and she will not help us get into the top half of the Big Ten standings.
Even some minutes with Terry on the court, CKG has Layden on the point and Terry on the wing.... I do think it is affecting Layden's game, but the world would be boring if we all agreed all the time.Michael — I do think you bring up interesting points. I just don’t buy into them completely. As for practice, Coach Gearlds is at practice and none of us are. She knows what her team needs to work on better than us. Learn played a key part in our last victory so it is not like she was not ready for the moment.
And most of the time, isn’t Terry our PG? Layden last year showed herself to be streaky, I don’t think that is because she plays some PG but I know you disagree.
On Hardin I too am frustrated by her tendency to miss wide open shots. But she actually is hitting 0.447% FGs and 0.429% of her 3PT shots. The only player with a better % for 3PT is Ellis at 0.600% (and why is SHE not starting and getting more minutes? - I don’t know but I am pretty sure KG has her reasons.) And I think you discount Hardin’s abilities on D. I think that is what Coach values from her almost as much as her occasional hot streaks.
Anyway, interesting to discuss. I think the team has done about how most of us expected (and better than I expected this last weekend.)
Just to address this statement. We are right where I thought we would be, the first 5 opponents were awful teams, guaranteed wins. I figured FSU and OSU were tossup games, we would likely win one.Anyway, interesting to discuss. I think the team has done about how most of us expected (and better than I expected this last weekend.)