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    Twister Sister Summary - A little different look at things.

    This was a game that had win written all over it. It wasn’t a given, but the ladies have definitely turned the corner in the Bill Fennelly School of Basketball. A heartbreaking loss – yes, but all you have to do is compare it to the previous match-up in Ames and you understand.

    I’m going to sidetrack from my usual style of writeup and not spend a lot of time talking about the game. Sorry for those of you that depend on that. I want to focus on where this team is at and what we’ve seen in the last three games.

    All it takes is one look at the stat lines of the previous game with ATM and this one to know there is a difference that has occurred. Last time, only Pop had any significant contribution to what was a horrible game. Today, there were several contributors on the offensive end – Big C, Moody, and Pop were in double figures and Prins, Loz, and Brynn all contributed. By the way…welcome back Brynn!

    This is observation number one. What was once a dysfunctional (my word) group of basketball players is melding into a team offensively. Perhaps the most glaring absence was Big C and she is showing back up again and looking like that extra threat we really need. She scored. She shot free throws. She rebounded. Now repeat that for Pop and Moody.

    Observation number two. Moody was thrust into a very difficult situation this year. To be the point guard of a highly respected team in the toughest conference in the country is no small task. Heck, its tough for most of us to just adjust to college let alone leading a basketball team. You could look at today and notice the things she didn’t do well. Shooting is more miss than hit. The turnover to assist ratio wasn’t anything to write home about. The last possession (not the 2.4 second one) was a disaster (no matter who you want to blame it on). The plus side? She is learning some incredibly valuable lessons. What happened today at the end of the game probably will never happen again. In a couple of years we may be seeing her making the winning play because of what she has learned. I’ll give you an example. Go back to the 2000 Regional. Last possession of the game. A freshman point guard brings the ball up the court. It was a bad possession. ISU didn’t score and lost the game to Penn State. If you remember, Lindsey Wilson would go on to be one of the great point guards in ISU history. You see the signs. With hard work on her part (practicing, listening, practicing) she could be scary good.

    Observation number three. Look at the schedule. The worst is over. Many said January could be an 0-8 month. It wasn’t. 2-6 isn’t where you want to be and yes you’d like to have three of those games back (Texas, Kansas, and ATM part 2). Imagine, we are soooo close to being 5-3 which would be beyond belief. Enough of that. Look ahead. The schedule is in our favor. The home court is calling. Coming up – OSU and Texas at home. Two VERY winnable games. At Mizzou and at TTech. Two more games I expect to win. Back to home with KU and OU. Paybacks are hell. Another home matchup with Mizzou. Say goodbye to the rats with another win. Go on the road to OSU. Tough place to play this year, but still…if we are on a winning streak this could also be a win. Back home against KSU and finish at Baylor. As tough as January was…our remaining schedule could very well give us a chance to finish at 11-7 in the conference. What am I smoking are you saying? Just look at it. This is VERY possible.

    Observation number four. Defense. It was only a few years ago when Coach was accused of being behind the times. The vaunted zone his teams had played for years was being chewed up by quicker, flashier teams. He changed. The teams changed. Now our man defense is as good, year in and year out, as any in the conference. This young team has bought into defense big time. They are led by Cole who is this year’s specialist. As long as they play defense using the Bill manual they will be in games.

    Final observation. Put the above together. First came the struggles of a young team and the eventual buy-in to what the coaching staff was preaching. They were preaching defense. Defense leads to offense. This year, defense came first. Then the offense started to click. Put all the pieces together and you have a team that is showing just how good they can be. They just played three ranked teams in a row. Two victories and another that could have been. Folks…we are starting to see that this young squad can be very, very good…scary good. I’m excited for the remaining games to play out. Hang on to the tickets you’ve already bought for that NCAA visit to Hilton. It may be a home court.



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    Re: Twister Sister Summary - A little different look at things.

    Quote Originally Posted by acoustimac View Post
    This was a game that had win written all over it. It wasn’t a given, but the ladies have definitely turned the corner in the Bill Fennelly School of Basketball. A heartbreaking loss – yes, but all you have to do is compare it to the previous match-up in Ames and you understand.

    I’m going to sidetrack from my usual style of writeup and not spend a lot of time talking about the game. Sorry for those of you that depend on that. I want to focus on where this team is at and what we’ve seen in the last three games.

    All it takes is one look at the stat lines of the previous game with ATM and this one to know there is a difference that has occurred. Last time, only Pop had any significant contribution to what was a horrible game. Today, there were several contributors on the offensive end – Big C, Moody, and Pop were in double figures and Prins, Loz, and Brynn all contributed. By the way…welcome back Brynn!

    This is observation number one. What was once a dysfunctional (my word) group of basketball players is melding into a team offensively. Perhaps the most glaring absence was Big C and she is showing back up again and looking like that extra threat we really need. She scored. She shot free throws. She rebounded. Now repeat that for Pop and Moody.

    Observation number two. Moody was thrust into a very difficult situation this year. To be the point guard of a highly respected team in the toughest conference in the country is no small task. Heck, its tough for most of us to just adjust to college let alone leading a basketball team. You could look at today and notice the things she didn’t do well. Shooting is more miss than hit. The turnover to assist ratio wasn’t anything to write home about. The last possession (not the 2.4 second one) was a disaster (no matter who you want to blame it on). The plus side? She is learning some incredibly valuable lessons. What happened today at the end of the game probably will never happen again. In a couple of years we may be seeing her making the winning play because of what she has learned. I’ll give you an example. Go back to the 2000 Regional. Last possession of the game. A freshman point guard brings the ball up the court. It was a bad possession. ISU didn’t score and lost the game to Penn State. If you remember, Lindsey Wilson would go on to be one of the great point guards in ISU history. You see the signs. With hard work on her part (practicing, listening, practicing) she could be scary good.

    Observation number three. Look at the schedule. The worst is over. Many said January could be an 0-8 month. It wasn’t. 2-6 isn’t where you want to be and yes you’d like to have three of those games back (Texas, Kansas, and ATM part 2). Imagine, we are soooo close to being 5-3 which would be beyond belief. Enough of that. Look ahead. The schedule is in our favor. The home court is calling. Coming up – OSU and Texas at home. Two VERY winnable games. At Mizzou and at TTech. Two more games I expect to win. Back to home with KU and OU. Paybacks are hell. Another home matchup with Mizzou. Say goodbye to the rats with another win. Go on the road to OSU. Tough place to play this year, but still…if we are on a winning streak this could also be a win. Back home against KSU and finish at Baylor. As tough as January was…our remaining schedule could very well give us a chance to finish at 11-7 in the conference. What am I smoking are you saying? Just look at it. This is VERY possible.

    Observation number four. Defense. It was only a few years ago when Coach was accused of being behind the times. The vaunted zone his teams had played for years was being chewed up by quicker, flashier teams. He changed. The teams changed. Now our man defense is as good, year in and year out, as any in the conference. This young team has bought into defense big time. They are led by Cole who is this year’s specialist. As long as they play defense using the Bill manual they will be in games.

    Final observation. Put the above together. First came the struggles of a young team and the eventual buy-in to what the coaching staff was preaching. They were preaching defense. Defense leads to offense. This year, defense came first. Then the offense started to click. Put all the pieces together and you have a team that is showing just how good they can be. They just played three ranked teams in a row. Two victories and another that could have been. Folks…we are starting to see that this young squad can be very, very good…scary good. I’m excited for the remaining games to play out. Hang on to the tickets you’ve already bought for that NCAA visit to Hilton. It may be a home court.
    I lost interest when our girl got absolutely HAMMERED with 28 seconds left as she was going in for a layup. She got hacked so badly her ball never made it up over the rim but clanked underneath it. The A&M girl CLEARLY came across and down on her arms and actually bounced her arm off our kid's head. That is why I really detest the game of basketball as the REF's are very incompetent on many calls.

    Bad calls early you play through. Bad calls late are the death blow. Clearly our girls lost steam on that NON call. We got homered..it is as simple as that. and I hate it!!! IB



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    Re: Twister Sister Summary - A little different look at things.

    Definitely agree that from here on out, there could be lots of wins. They have to keep up the intensity, keep playing tough, keep learning and executing. If they can carry that mentality through February, January's heartache will have served its purpose. The key is, keep working to play at a higher level. Don't blink. Take control.



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    Re: Twister Sister Summary - A little different look at things.

    Frustrating year. What some thought could be 0-8 is 2-6 but could have been 5-3 if we win the close ones (loss in OT, loss by 2, loss by 2) and all of the close loses are road games.



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    Re: Twister Sister Summary - A little different look at things.

    Acoustimac I am on board with this. I see a hot team finally learning to play the system and having huge potential to go 7-1 in the remaining games left on the schedule and finish 11-7 in conference. I am so happy that I will be in Ames to see the payback games against Oklahoma and Kansas in the same week. That will be a huge week and I didn't realize that when I bought my plane ticket three months ago. It's painful to think about the three close games we lost and how the whole season hangs in the balance over a few points. But January's pain will be February's glory.



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    Re: Twister Sister Summary - A little different look at things.

    Cous,

    Thanks for write up. I totally agree. From here on out, it's a new season. We are jelling at the right time. I'm hanging onto my Big 12 tournament and NCAA tickets ordered.



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    Re: Twister Sister Summary - A little different look at things.

    Watched the game yesterday, the team is definitely starting to play like an ISU women's team. It's not too late in the conference season to make a big run. I agree with iowaboy on the non-call, terrible miss by the officials, but we missed enough bunnies to win.


    Go Cyclones!!

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    Re: Twister Sister Summary - A little different look at things.

    One other note about Nikki, and her potential for the future. She is well on pace to set the assists record for a freshmen for ISU. The record is 108 set by Medders in 2004......currently, Nikki is at 84 assists for the year.

    I think she has the potential to be at least one of the best, and perhaps statistically the best point guard in ISU history. Her biggest problem now is the turnovers. I think that is just adjusting to the fact that the guards she plays against now are just as fast as she is, which she may not have faced a lot in high school.

    She seems like the type of player that will learn and adjust though. I'm looking forward to watching her develop over the next 3 years.


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