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    Your hopes...

    Tomorrow is media day for the Twister Sisters. So here is your chance fans. Post your top five things you'd like to see this year (try to be realistic!). Here are mine:
    1. Anna Prins/Pop/Zimm are stronger on boards (i.e. have hand strength to grab and maintain possession)
    2. Anna Prins/Pop/Zimm can consistently make the short 5 foot and less shots.
    3. The team finds more than one three point threat.
    4. The fabulous frosh are good enough to see quality playing time and give relief to the starters and add quality depth to the team.
    5. The team ends up over .500 in the Big 12 earning an NCAA at home bid. They win two and get to go to Des Moines for the next round.



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    Re: Your hopes...

    If Anna can work on rebounding and stay out of foul trouble (and keep healthy) she is an all-american candidate.

    1. Above sentence
    2. Someone or ones stepping up and being a vocal leader. I don't care if it's a freshman.
    3. Kelsey Harris playing better D. She's a good passer and will shoot fine with enough PT. If she can at minimum not be a liability on defense she could be a real asset.
    4. No injuries.
    5. Freshman backcourt stepping up. I don't see HC as a long-term 3. I think she's an awesome post player but doesn't have the backcourt skills to play 3.
    6. ?
    7. Profit!



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    Re: Your hopes...

    BF interview say pre-season plagued by injuries. Anyone know what they were?

    1. Anna is healthy
    2. Vocal leader emerges (losing Whit hurt us in many ways)
    3. One of our frosh earn a starting spot
    4. Schroll has consistent 3 shot
    5. Harris plays better defense



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    Re: Your hopes...

    Hopefully, Zimm's boot is gone and that we get more production out of her than the last half of last season. Hopes...

    1. Loz takes over control of the team and makes it her's.
    2. All the posts players are healthy.
    3. A 5-10 ft jumper for Pop.
    4. Ellis wins the starting 3 spot.
    5. Jess improves her shooting
    6. Profit? Sellouts? Sign a 6'8" recruit?



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    Re: Your hopes...

    A solid point guard who can run the offense.

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    Re: Your hopes...

    I think the key to our success all along is the play of Prins. When she is on we usually win, when she can't stay on the floor and looks disinterested at times we struggle. She's 6-7, needs to learn how to play more agressive and use her size to advantage on both ends of the floor. I've always said if you took Poppen's toughness and Prins skillset you'd have one VERY good player. Seems like both lack what the other is good at.

    Schroll needs to step up and show some confidence on offense. Girl is one of the most athletic players on the team but seems hesitant to step up and make plays when she has the matchup advantages.

    Excited to see the freshman, sounds like we added some athleticism which I think is one thing we really have lacked against good teams. Need to be more than a live by the 3 die by the 3 team.


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    Sweet 16, Elite 8, Final Four, National Championship. That's all I ever want to be honest. Someday.



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    Re: Your hopes...

    1) Leadership. Common sense says it comes from Mansfield, as the senior point guard, but I have a suspicion that this is going to be Hallie's team for the next 3 years, and she'll step up as the go-to scorer and leader.

    2) Freshman play. One or two of the freshmen need to step up, not play like freshman and grab big time minutes. They have the potential to bring a level of athleticism we haven't seen often, but it'd be great if they could live up to that right away.

    3) Offensive style. Judging by the roster, this would seem to be the year where we need to ditch the 3pts or bust offensive style and run something a little more movement/driving oriented. We don't have the bevvy of proven 3pt shooters we've had in the past, but we have some athletes who can take the ball to the hole. I'd like to see us utilize that effectively.



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    Re: Your hopes...

    1. Better ball handling all around: passing and dribbling improvement, in other words.
    2. This will lead to fewer turnovers and may require
    3. one of the freshman guards to contribute significantly,
    4. which adds up to a stronger, deeper backcourt.
    5. Can't be greedy so will not do a 5.



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    Re: Your hopes...

    Quote Originally Posted by bawbie View Post
    3) Offensive style. Judging by the roster, this would seem to be the year where we need to ditch the 3pts or bust offensive style and run something a little more movement/driving oriented. We don't have the bevvy of proven 3pt shooters we've had in the past, but we have some athletes who can take the ball to the hole. I'd like to see us utilize that effectively.
    I think some rules changes will also contribute to this evolution. There is a visible restricted-area arc three feet from the center of the basket where a secondary defender cannot legally take a charge. I'm not at all sure what that means, but, it has to help a player who drives to the basket and a post who plays with her back to the basket down low. Moving the 3 pt line out may also favor the inside game, at least a little.

    The inside game isn't all gravy as tall posts are going to be challenged by some new elbow rules. The officials will be looking for it and the penalties are severe. Obviously more a problem for Prins than for Mansfield.
    "An example of a Flagrant 1 foul would be when a player swings an elbow and makes illegal, non-excessive contact with an opponent above the shoulders. The team whose player was struck would receive two free throws and possession of the ball. Previously, this type of foul was called an intentional foul. The committee wanted to move away from the word “intentional,” because a player’s intent was never the point to the rule.
    An example of a Flagrant 2 foul would be when a player swings an elbow excessively and makes contact with an opponent above the shoulders. In this case, the player who threw the elbow would be ejected from the game, and the other team would receive two free throws and the ball."
    I expect there to be courtside discussion about this.


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    Re: Your hopes...

    Quote Originally Posted by BenEClone View Post
    I think some rules changes will also contribute to this evolution. There is a visible restricted-area arc three feet from the center of the basket where a secondary defender cannot legally take a charge. I'm not at all sure what that means, but, it has to help a player who drives to the basket and a post who plays with her back to the basket down low. Moving the 3 pt line out may also favor the inside game, at least a little.

    The inside game isn't all gravy as tall posts are going to be challenged by some new elbow rules. The officials will be looking for it and the penalties are severe. Obviously more a problem for Prins than for Mansfield.
    "An example of a Flagrant 1 foul would be when a player swings an elbow and makes illegal, non-excessive contact with an opponent above the shoulders. The team whose player was struck would receive two free throws and possession of the ball. Previously, this type of foul was called an intentional foul. The committee wanted to move away from the word “intentional,” because a player’s intent was never the point to the rule.
    An example of a Flagrant 2 foul would be when a player swings an elbow excessively and makes contact with an opponent above the shoulders. In this case, the player who threw the elbow would be ejected from the game, and the other team would receive two free throws and the ball."
    I expect there to be courtside discussion about this.
    Is this reviewable (during the game)??



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    Re: Your hopes...

    seems like the least talented team during the Fennelly era. Hope this team comes out and proves people wrong



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    Re: Your hopes...

    Quote Originally Posted by mkcrawford View Post
    Is this reviewable (during the game)??
    That depends. It sounds like the coach can throw a challenge flag. Could get interesting.
    • The panel approved a change regarding coaches being able to request a monitor review of flagrant fouls. In the women’s game, a coach can request a review of the monitor to determine whether a Flagrant 1 foul for elbow contact or a Flagrant 2 foul occurred. In the men’s game, the change allows coaches to request a review for a potential Flagrant 2 foul that was not detected. If it is determined that no such foul occurred in a men’s or women’s game, the team requesting the monitor review will be charged a timeout. If no timeouts remain, the team is assessed a technical foul for taking too many timeouts.
    Rules panel approves restricted-area arc for Division I - NCAA.org


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    Re: Your hopes...

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclonepower21 View Post
    seems like the least talented team during the Fennelly era. Hope this team comes out and proves people wrong
    I think this team has more raw talent than last year's team. The challenge will be finding scorers.


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