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    KU - The day after...taking a deep breath

    OK, its been 12 hours since the debacle in Lawrence came to a close with another loss to the Jayhawks. 78-75 (OT), 74-67 (2OT), 86-85 (OT). All the same type of frustration. The same type of having to sit there and watch shots fall for KU that had no right to fall. Well, if you're an Iowa State fan they didn't have the right.

    In two of those cases, KU made a shot at the very end of the game to force OT when ISU seemingly had the games in hand. The 86-86 (OT) loss was the opposite. ISU was down 15 and fought back to force OT on a Kelsey Bolte 3. Of course this was the game where ISU actually just had to inbounds the ball and make its free throws and a win was in hand. But a mishandled inbounds pass let KU escape.

    The double overtime game should sound a bit familiar. KU hits a looonnngg three to tie it in the second OT and Carolyn Davis plays the last 20 minutes with four fouls while ISU blows a 13 point lead with 9 1/2 minutes to play.

    The same fieldhouse. Many of the same players. Nearly identical results. You'd swear Karma wore a shirt with a big ugly blue bird on it. So, what's going on?

    Was it depth? One could make somewhat of a case for that this year, but last year State played its entire roster more than 10 minutes each. Of course Prins missed that game so, yes inside depth was hurting as Pop fouled out in regulation. In '12, there were seven players who had all the minutes and Loz fouled out of that game. She wasn't an offensive threat and we had ball handlers to replace her. Now this year we have multiple players in foul trouble and the thinnest position - point guard - was the most critical. Only seven players got minutes and Moody had perhaps her worst hand game of the year. She can't do that and give Iowa State any chance to win. So, a case could be made that depth has been an issue. But was that everything?

    Fouls? How about Davis again playing about 15 minutes with four fouls? How about ISU not getting another free throw in the last 8 or so minutes of the game? That could be excuses and I've always said that you not only have to be prepared to beat the other team, but the officials too. You could also make a case that ISU's aggressive nature left the building. Up until Moody got her 4th Iowa State had been on the attack. They had played stellar defense. And then it all disappeared. KU was getting open looks. They were the aggressor. We weren't. Did we get tired? Can't imagine that at this point in the season. Its just a head scratcher as we look at another heart breaking loss.

    So, we are halfway through the Big 12 gauntlet and stand at 5-4. I actually expected us (in pre-conf) to be 5-4 or 6-3. We've played Baylor twice. We've won two tough road games. The easier part of the conference schedule (if there is easy) is ahead of us. We have a tough road visit to OU, but the other three (KSU, TCU, Texas) are all very winnable. So imagine if we defend home court and lets say win 2 of 4 on the road. That's a 12-6 conference record. That might get us in one of the top 4 slots of the conference again. All very possible, but the big key is for our players to play smart and keep the gas pedal pushed to the floor when you have someone down. The key for us, the fans, is to show up and actually have 10K butts in the seats to give the ladies a solid home court advantage. Be there. See you Saturday!



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    Re: KU - The day after...taking a deep breath

    I hope the ladies can finish well.

    The thing I would be concerned with now is that teams will figure out an easy way to cripple ISU.....get Moody in foul trouble so she either sits significant minutes, or fouls out. With no back-up.....ISU is vulnerable.

    I would expect teams to start setting more and more screens on Nikki trying to draw fouls on her, trying to block her when she drives to set up charges, etc.


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    Re: KU - The day after...taking a deep breath

    Quote Originally Posted by acoustimac View Post
    OK, its been 12 hours since the debacle in Lawrence came to a close with another loss to the Jayhawks. 78-75 (OT), 74-67 (2OT), 86-85 (OT). All the same type of frustration. The same type of having to sit there and watch shots fall for KU that had no right to fall. Well, if you're an Iowa State fan they didn't have the right.

    In two of those cases, KU made a shot at the very end of the game to force OT when ISU seemingly had the games in hand. The 86-86 (OT) loss was the opposite. ISU was down 15 and fought back to force OT on a Kelsey Bolte 3. Of course this was the game where ISU actually just had to inbounds the ball and make its free throws and a win was in hand. But a mishandled inbounds pass let KU escape.

    The double overtime game should sound a bit familiar. KU hits a looonnngg three to tie it in the second OT and Carolyn Davis plays the last 20 minutes with four fouls while ISU blows a 13 point lead with 9 1/2 minutes to play.

    The same fieldhouse. Many of the same players. Nearly identical results. You'd swear Karma wore a shirt with a big ugly blue bird on it. So, what's going on?

    Was it depth? One could make somewhat of a case for that this year, but last year State played its entire roster more than 10 minutes each. Of course Prins missed that game so, yes inside depth was hurting as Pop fouled out in regulation. In '12, there were seven players who had all the minutes and Loz fouled out of that game. She wasn't an offensive threat and we had ball handlers to replace her. Now this year we have multiple players in foul trouble and the thinnest position - point guard - was the most critical. Only seven players got minutes and Moody had perhaps her worst hand game of the year. She can't do that and give Iowa State any chance to win. So, a case could be made that depth has been an issue. But was that everything?

    Fouls? How about Davis again playing about 15 minutes with four fouls? How about ISU not getting another free throw in the last 8 or so minutes of the game? That could be excuses and I've always said that you not only have to be prepared to beat the other team, but the officials too. You could also make a case that ISU's aggressive nature left the building. Up until Moody got her 4th Iowa State had been on the attack. They had played stellar defense. And then it all disappeared. KU was getting open looks. They were the aggressor. We weren't. Did we get tired? Can't imagine that at this point in the season. Its just a head scratcher as we look at another heart breaking loss.

    So, we are halfway through the Big 12 gauntlet and stand at 5-4. I actually expected us (in pre-conf) to be 5-4 or 6-3. We've played Baylor twice. We've won two tough road games. The easier part of the conference schedule (if there is easy) is ahead of us. We have a tough road visit to OU, but the other three (KSU, TCU, Texas) are all very winnable. So imagine if we defend home court and lets say win 2 of 4 on the road. That's a 12-6 conference record. That might get us in one of the top 4 slots of the conference again. All very possible, but the big key is for our players to play smart and keep the gas pedal pushed to the floor when you have someone down. The key for us, the fans, is to show up and actually have 10K butts in the seats to give the ladies a solid home court advantage. Be there. See you Saturday!
    Cous,

    Thanks for all of your write-ups. We'll be there Sat and will continue to support this team. Last night's loss was a real heart puller. There's just something about this team that doesn't give us that extra confidence. As others have noted, it's possibly lack of sufficient quality depth. While we may not need 15 scholarship players, we are only fighting with 7 (of the 11 on scholarship), and that's a bit short. I love coach, but no matter how you slice it, it is the coach's responsibility to recruit and keep the players. I think 1 - 2 more quality players would make a world of difference.



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    Re: KU - The day after...taking a deep breath

    Jess would have nice to have on the floor. Too bad she wanted to play closer to home, and with only 3 semesters left.



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