I agree with Dbcsmith below
up the clock, resulting in starting to move for the shot with too little time left on the shot clock to make a single mistake. Had they started to set up the shot at the 15 sec mark we would have fared much better. In overtime we resumed our normal play and scored normally again. If we had just kept playing we would have won by at least 6 in regulation in my opinion. Hope Muffet adjusts going forward.
but what were the adjustments. I thought the end of regulation strategy wasn't anything fantastic. Sometimes the players don't execute what is drawn up but it seemed as though there were better options.
and you are asking what adjustments? Hello?
mentioned great job by the coaching staff in making adjustments to enable us to win. So what were the adjustments? That's all I'm asking.
left the game with less than a minute remaining in the first half. The 12-point lead at the time was basically maintained until 3:00 remaining in the game, when Muffett inexplicably decided to try to run out the clock. Nobody can credible argue that this strategy was the way to go.
prematurely going to a four corners offense with a nice lead and the offense clicking. I realize our offense was far from optimum with Bri out but we had been doing a nice job of maintaining about a 10 point lead, plus or minus, up to the point we went into the stall.
Lindsay winding the clock down then driving on just about every possession in the last few minutes wasn't a "great job." Purdue was ready for it, and imo it was the main reason they had a shot to win it in regulation.
Not one of Muffet's best decisions.
It looked like Lindsay would try to run the "chin" offense, but then Arike didn't feel confident to make the second pass - Purdue's defense was really tight and she was trying to prevent a steal from happening. Then the shot clock would be running down too low and Lindsay or Arike would have to go 1-1 (or 3-1 in Arike's case).
..from dissipating the 10-point lead to the one-on-one play to what the loss of Bri means to the offense and defense. And "going back to the drawing board" to find some more options if need be.
Marina addressed how not having Bri on defense changes her defense. And I got a sense of her drive when she explained how she (Marina) just wanted to help the team win by scoring ("Coach was calling my number...").
My one observation is that we were compromised not only by the loss of Bri, but by having Kat on the bench/fouled out in the latter part of the game. While she does not do the same things Bri does, we missed her on the high ball screen quite a bit and her ability to make the "next and right pass in the Princeton offense. Plus she knows how to get open for dish-off passes.
Coaches don't have a plan B ready to roll out for losing your top two forwards and best overall player. They can see someone accumulating fouls and "plan" during a game for that. They don't anticipate another player instantly being gone and then both being gone. That's hard to recover from on the fly - also when your team at that point is one senior and all FR or SO.
We survived. She did regroup for OT. We can win with or without BT until the final 4. I pray she can still play, but If she can't we can plan for how to win without her against s16 and e8 teams for sure imo. Over 50% odds in both rounds. F4 maybe below 50%, maybe a coin flip. UConn? No - but I can live with maximizing our situation and facing UConn without her and be proud they got that far to take a shot at a miracle win.
If she had even only played a minute or two per quarter over the past two years, who knows what impact she could have had. Her defense looked pretty good when she did get some minutes a few weeks ago (can't recall the specific game). Seems like a missed opportunity....
None. An optimistic answer would be very little. She did look good against Boston College, but BC is absolute garbage.
since the whole premise is "what if?" - must be clairvoyant since there's no way to actually know the answer
She hasn't shown enough development over her career to earn the playing time your what if suggests. What little time she did get against any team with a pulse did not suggest more time would lead to improvement. She was lost and over matched most of the time. It isn't clairvoyance.
she's had, but think that we could have used a few minutes here and there, and that she could have been particularly helpful when Bri was in foul trouble - or if she's out. She was rated 10th at her position coming out of high school, so there had to be something there....unfortunate that she hasn't developed more, but still think she could have.