I think the margin between the two teams was razor thin. Yes, we won the 3 prior meetings, but those were extremely close games decided at the end. The one area I thought we could have done better in terms of the in game adjustments was forcing Stewart out of her comfort zone.
We are a good defensive team and yet had no answers for her. Yuo can always defend when your offense isn't working. We dared her to shoot set shots and didn't force her to dribble much to create her shot. More aggressive, rotating defense on her would have been something to try. Force her to put the ball on the floor and see if she continued to make shots.
We did seem tight and let the pressure get to us as the game wore on, so if you want to say we could have prepared differently--perhaps. We had been there the 2 prior years so none of that should have been a surprise except to Lloyd. poor shooting and no defense on Stewart were the killers last night.