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    Twister Sister Preview - Big 12 tilt begins

    And so it begins..the Big 12 season is upon us and it starts about as tough as it can be with the cream of the conference front loading our schedule. It all starts with a road game at OU on Wednesday and a visit by #1 Baylor Saturday night.

    Wednesday's matchup should be an interesting one for the sisters. OU reminds me of a mirror image of past Cyclone teams. They have three ladies scoring in double figures starting with the hot shooting Aaryn Ellenberg. She is hitting 42% from beyond the arc while averaging 18 per game. You can imagine that Coach Fennelly will give her some special focus in practice. She is followed by Morgan Hook and Whitney Hand averaging 13 and 10 points per contest. Morgan is an even better shooter from long distance shooting at a 44% clip (50% overall!!). This is a team that plays decent defense, but teams can put up some points on them. Their losses are to Vandy, Ohio State and Fresno State who combine for a 36-4 record. They don't lack for height either as they have six girls over 6-3. Any way you look at it this will be a very real challenge on their court. It will be even more challenging if Jess is not with the team. She is a salty defender and works the boards hard. Her 6-7 points are all blue collar efforts. I do like seeing Williamson making the 6th "man" effort. She steps on the court and doesn't need to warm into the game. She is capable of hitting the big shot the moment she steps in. Pop is Pop. She will be ready to go, but the challenge now gets tougher. She will be matched up with 6-3 Joanna McFarland. You'll hear me say the same things over and over again…the key to ISU is first and foremost defense. No cheap baskets. In your face defense to limit Ellenberg and Hook at the arc. Rebound. As it has been all season, the team might struggle shooting. It needs to get over this and find some consistency. To me the key in the upcoming games is going to be the performance of Anna Prins. Will she finally step up and begin playing like an upper classman? Performances like the past few games will only accomplish moving her further down the bench. Getting a healthy Fallon Ellis on the court will provide Pop with needed support. The rest comes down to our guard court. Who will sink the rock? Free throws now become critical in every game. OU gives up more free throw attempts than they take. If this stays consistent, our ladies have to make every one count. Any way you look at it, a win Wednesday night would go a long ways towards preparing the team for Saturday's matchup with Baylor.



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    Re: Twister Sister Preview - Big 12 tilt begins

    Thanks as always acoustimac. I'm really looking forward to conference play (and getting off the BF/Schroll topic).... I posted an earlier thread about the Big 12's RPI and it does look pretty scary the task ahead of the team. I actually think we have a good chance to beat Oklahoma Wed. McFarland has not matched up well in the past with Prins or Pop. They have some killer outside shooting and home court but something tells me we'll pull off the upset. Baylor Sat is Prins big moment to line up with Griner, and she always plays better against girls her own size. Brynn has a huge opportunity now that Schroll is probably gone -- Brynn could become a regular starter and has already shown proven ability to jump in and score and spark the team in limited minutes. I sure hope Moody's ankle is okay. Also seems like Loz is getting her groove back lately.

    Overall I'm very optimistic for a top half finish and NCAA tourney. Right now our RPI is in the 70s (last in conference) so any victory in conference will be a big one.



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    Re: Twister Sister Preview - Big 12 tilt begins

    could be a long season and losing Schroll will hurt.


    Carrying the banner for ISU.


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    Re: Twister Sister Preview - Big 12 tilt begins

    The team is going to have to rally around one another to make it through the start of the Big 12, and have each other's backs and never, ever quit regardless of score and wins/losses. They could be 1-7 after the first 8 games, just because of the scheduling, and still get to 9 wins by the end of the season if they can weather the storm. Of course, they can be better than 1-7, and hopefully will be.

    It goes without saying that Pop, Hallie, Nikki, and Lauren will have to be consistent contributors. Likewise Anna is too much of a competitor to stay down too long. She will step up, as she often has, when she's needed. It is close to clicking for her. The Register reported that they may play Pop, Hallie, and Anna together, which could be very interesting. Brynn has been really good the last few games, and hopefully will keep getting better to provide consistent scoring, passing, rebounding and defense. When a little different skill set is needed, Chassidy can fill the role. It will be even more important for players to focus on their roles for the team to win. It's also a great opportunity for Z, Fallon, and Kelsey to have an impact -- each of them is capable.

    The team has definite strengths, and if it executes, can play with any team in the Big 12. With a little bit of luck and some fun along the way, hopefully they can make it happen.



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    Re: Twister Sister Preview - Big 12 tilt begins

    Quote Originally Posted by cydney View Post
    The team is going to have to rally around one another to make it through the start of the Big 12, and have each other's backs and never, ever quit regardless of score and wins/losses. They could be 1-7 after the first 8 games, just because of the scheduling, and still get to 9 wins by the end of the season if they can weather the storm. Of course, they can be better than 1-7, and hopefully will be.

    It goes without saying that Pop, Hallie, Nikki, and Lauren will have to be consistent contributors. Likewise Anna is too much of a competitor to stay down too long. She will step up, as she often has, when she's needed. It is close to clicking for her. The Register reported that they may play Pop, Hallie, and Anna together, which could be very interesting. Brynn has been really good the last few games, and hopefully will keep getting better to provide consistent scoring, passing, rebounding and defense. When a little different skill set is needed, Chassidy can fill the role. It will be even more important for players to focus on their roles for the team to win. It's also a great opportunity for Z, Fallon, and Kelsey to have an impact -- each of them is capable.

    The team has definite strengths, and if it executes, can play with any team in the Big 12. With a little bit of luck and some fun along the way, hopefully they can make it happen.
    Great points all.



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