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    Womens Basketball: Looking Forward

    What can we expect from the future? We lose Bolte, a player who will be greatly missed next year, and we have a bunch of returning players who are not physical and struggle offensively against the top team in the Big 12. How is our recruiting class looking for next year?



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    Re: Womens Basketball: Looking Forward

    Four recruits:

    Nikki Moody, a 5'9" combo guard who can shoot and drive. Hoopgurlz #100.

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    Nichole Moody 2011 Women's Basketball Recruiting Profile - ESPN
    Skilled and athletic point guard who may well not get the respect she should. She has the ability to play at speed but still handles the ball and make good decisions. The range is there on the jumper and she's not hesitant to take it into traffic. An aggressive on ball defender, she stays a little too tight on the weak side making her rotation to help a little longer than it needs to be at times.
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    She's a smooth and athletic point guard who attacks both in the halfcourt and on the break. Individually she can create off the dribble and finishes well in the paint or on the pull up. There's a quick release on her shot that does have a somewhat two-handed "volleyball set" look to it. Aggressive at both ends, she gets in a stance defensively and does a good job of anticipating off the ball.
    Fallon Ellis, a 5'11" wing. She's a pretty good shooter, but I don't know a lot about her game.

    Brynn Williamson a 6'0" wing. Some other people on this board have seen her play and can probably speak to her abilities.

    Kileah Mays, a 6'2" post. High upside, but raw.



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    Re: Womens Basketball: Looking Forward

    Anything else on Julie Vanloo?


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    LOL ya right. If we win 9 games, I'll wax my entire body.

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    Re: Womens Basketball: Looking Forward

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyched View Post
    Anything else on Julie Vanloo?
    Still waiting for her to decide, as far as I know.



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    Re: Womens Basketball: Looking Forward

    though I don't agree with the non-physical comment....

    four athletic players, whom I excited about. Our first 2012 commit is one of the best shooters in Texas, great get as well.

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    Re: Womens Basketball: Looking Forward

    Quote Originally Posted by twistedredbird View Post
    Our first 2012 commit is one of the best shooters in Texas, great get as well.
    I've said this before, but she sounds like a carbon-copy of Heather Ezell.

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    Re: Womens Basketball: Looking Forward

    I chose to put my comments here rather on the overused game day thread. The story of the Marist game, in my view, is a mirror of the problems we suffered with all year long. Three stats pinpoint that problem, which can be summed up as ballhandling.
    These stats tell much of the story:
    TO Asst. Steals
    Marist 7 21 8
    ISU 17 12 3
    Until we remedy these problems, we are going to continue to lose games we should win. I hasten to add that these problems are NOT restricted to the backcourt folks.



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    Re: Womens Basketball: Looking Forward

    Sounds like Moody could at least be in the rotation from the start. BF has said that Brynn could be too. She has the length and probably the best opportunity to replace Bolte at the 3. I have seen her play, and she is not Bolte, though. Not even the freshman Bolte. Some have said Hallie could play the three, but after seeing he mismatched with guards defensively today, I don't know if I'd do it unless we are in a zone. That might be a spot worth looking for a late JC signee.

    It will be interesting to see who takes over leadership next season as there will still be just two seniors, both JC tranfers. That recruiting class from '08 got transferitis, as not one of them are left (Rockall, Arlen, Williams, and Yackley). I could see Mansfield embracing it, but otherwise, it will fall to the '09 recruiting class that will be juniors. Hopefully, the number of transfers out will be limited so we can build a little depth.



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    Re: Womens Basketball: Looking Forward

    Quote Originally Posted by Kitkat View Post
    I chose to put my comments here rather on the overused game day thread. The story of the Marist game, in my view, is a mirror of the problems we suffered with all year long. Three stats pinpoint that problem, which can be summed up as ballhandling.
    These stats tell much of the story:
    TO Asst. Steals
    Marist 7 21 8
    ISU 17 12 3
    Until we remedy these problems, we are going to continue to lose games we should win. I hasten to add that these problems are NOT restricted to the backcourt folks.
    But that's also a function of the defense that we choose to play. We don't press, we don't ball-hawk, we don't go for steals. We stay back and pack it in.
    Marist was described by BF as "very efficient." That's because they were in a comfort zone against us, with almost no ball pressure coming up the court.
    I doubt Marist will have just 7 TO's against the full-court pressure of Duke...



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    Re: Womens Basketball: Looking Forward

    Quote Originally Posted by Tornado man View Post
    But that's also a function of the defense that we choose to play. We don't press, we don't ball-hawk, we don't go for steals. We stay back and pack it in.
    Marist was described by BF as "very efficient." That's because they were in a comfort zone against us, with almost no ball pressure coming up the court.
    I doubt Marist will have just 7 TO's against the full-court pressure of Duke...
    Marist is #1 in the nation in fewest turnovers per game. ISU is #333 (dead last) in steals per game. Our defensive strategy works fine when a team lacks perimeter shooting, but Marist obviously wasn't that team. The same defensive strategy worked great the past two seasons because Stuckey and Lacey were both excellent perimeter defenders, but this team struggles to cover a team with as many options as Marist. We don't have the perimeter defensive talent we used to (not that we've ever had a whole lot) and that was as big an issue this season as any other shortcoming.



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    Re: Womens Basketball: Looking Forward

    Quote Originally Posted by Tornado man View Post
    But that's also a function of the defense that we choose to play. We don't press, we don't ball-hawk, we don't go for steals. We stay back and pack it in.
    Marist was described by BF as "very efficient." That's because they were in a comfort zone against us, with almost no ball pressure coming up the court.
    I doubt Marist will have just 7 TO's against the full-court pressure of Duke...
    Don't forget that Marist led the nation in fewest TO's per game.



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    Re: Womens Basketball: Looking Forward

    Looks to me like we lack quickness on defense, especially guarding the three and drives to the basket. On offense we need ladies who can score with the ball. We are set with our bigs but notihing to go with them. Looks like maybe Bill has some coming in. He'll figure something out..............I hope!



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    Re: Womens Basketball: Looking Forward

    Losing Bolte might be a blessing in disguise. Everybody was allowed to be tentative when shooting on the outside because we relied on Kelsey to make the vast majority of those shots. This might push us to a more balanced approach, which would be harder to defend, especially if our inside offense continues to improve as it has.



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    Re: Womens Basketball: Looking Forward

    Quote Originally Posted by Haverhill View Post
    What can we expect from the future? We lose Bolte, a player who will be greatly missed next year, and we have a bunch of returning players who are not physical and struggle offensively against the top team in the Big 12. How is our recruiting class looking for next year?
    We have four players coming in. One is a project at best. From what I've been able to figure out we, at best, can expect (or hope) 1 or 2 of them to contribute. Should upgrade the athleticism of the team quite a bit, but scoring will still be a major concern.



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    Re: Womens Basketball: Looking Forward

    Quote Originally Posted by Kitkat View Post
    I chose to put my comments here rather on the overused game day thread. The story of the Marist game, in my view, is a mirror of the problems we suffered with all year long. Three stats pinpoint that problem, which can be summed up as ballhandling.
    These stats tell much of the story:
    TO Asst. Steals
    Marist 7 21 8
    ISU 17 12 3
    Until we remedy these problems, we are going to continue to lose games we should win. I hasten to add that these problems are NOT restricted to the backcourt folks.
    WOW... that's VERY telling. I can't believe we didn't lose by 20 after seeing those stats.

    It sure says a lot about our ballhandling and passing skills though. Ouch.



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