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    Twister Sister Summary - rough start and then domination

    Sorry this is so late, but just got in from a night of celebration.

    What a night to be in Dallas! The early games were nothing to be surprised about and the late games were the ones worth seeing..especially if you are a fan of the sisters.


    The ladies came out amped up and wound tighter than a drum. The first five possessions all resulted in turnovers as Kansas worked out to a lead in the early going. But that was it for KU. The first half was the Hal show. She did everything to keep us in this game and then take the lead. Whether it was a three point shot...no wait..two in a row...or slicing inside for one of her patented twisty turning shots...Hal did it all when the rest of the team was struggling. All she did was lead us to an 8 point halftime lead and the ladies never looked back.


    The second half was all about Pop. Isn't it fitting that our two first team all conference selections would lead the way tonight? Pop sliced up the lane time and time again for layups that looked easy but were examples of her effort and urgency. Every game now is her last of sorts. But today wouldn't be it. The rest of the team would get on track along with her in an impressive win over KU.


    The final might have been 77-62, but it wasn't that close. We were so comfortable that Fen put in the reserves with 3 minutes to go. How about these tidbits of great team play? 17 assists for 26 field goals. After getting those 5 early turnovers and having 11 at the half...only 3 more the rest of the way. This was team ball at its best. What made this game go was the passing. We set up the offense and moved the ball around the horn. When the ladies do this they are hard to beat. Add to that being nearly perfect from the free throw line hitting 18 of 19 shots. I've griped about free throw shooting as critical before, but this was near perfection.


    This was a game of domination by our bigs as Hal, Pop and Anna were the scorers in double figures. Everyone else was feeding the ball and contributing in other little ways.
    Kidd with 8 points and 5 boards. She showed a determination much like the bigger Pop when she grabbed a board. Moody having a great point game with 10 assists and only 4 turnovers. This was team ball at its best at times. When our ladies move the ball around good things happen.


    I again give kudos to Coach Fen for the rotation of players to keep them fresh. It worked again and our bigs didn't get in foul trouble.


    As for the crowd...a great representation of the Cyclone faithful were there supporting the ladies. The KU crowd couldn't be heard all night.


    Great start and a good positive step forward.


    As for our next round opponent, the second game was pretty wild. In the first half of the OU - WVU game, the officials let things go and WVU raced out to a huge 20+ point lead. OU couldn't hit the broad side of a barn throughout the first half. It was plain ugly as they were dominated. Yet the second half was largely different because the horrible officials began calling things for a change. Amazingly OU started to creep back int the game. The turning point was when WVU's post exited the game with 4 fouls with 25 minutes left. Tis opened the inside and OU capitalized. They came all the way back and even with some stupid play were able to overcome and beat WVU 65-64 by out scoring them 40-20 in the second half. It was wild beyond measure.


    So tomorrow, Baylor gets another sacrificial lamb and ISU gets round 3 with Oklahoma. I'm thinking OU is going to have tired legs...at least I hope so. If the ladies can begin e game settled down and doing what they did this evening it should be a fun game. There is no reason why we can't win and yet it all depends on the team continuing to play team ball. See you in the sidelines.



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    Re: Twister Sister Summary - rough start and then domination

    Thanks Cous.

    Thought the ISU crowd on TV looked better attendance wise than I expected. Given it is a Saturday today, hope we see an uptick on that.

    Some of the other games looked empty.



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    Re: Twister Sister Summary - rough start and then domination

    Quote Originally Posted by acoustimac View Post
    ...
    The second half was all about Pop. Isn't it fitting that our two first team all conference selections would lead the way tonight? Pop sliced up the lane time and time again for layups that looked easy but were examples of her effort and urgency. Every game now is her last of sorts. But today wouldn't be it. The rest of the team would get on track along with her in an impressive win over KU.

    ...

    As for our next round opponent, the second game was pretty wild. In the first half of the OU - WVU game, the officials let things go and WVU raced out to a huge 20+ point lead. OU couldn't hit the broad side of a barn throughout the first half. It was plain ugly as they were dominated. Yet the second half was largely different because the horrible officials began calling things for a change. ...
    Pop got it started in the first half when things were looking rough. It was as though she said enough is enough with the confusion on offense, and concluded, let's make this simple, I can just take my girl to the rim. She did it, she was right, she did it again, and again. She simplified it, and it opened things up for everyone else, including Hallie, who soon came to the same conclusion as Pop. Just score.

    RE: the OU-WVU game. The refs still could not avoid a key bad call at the end. Just lucky for OU that they survived it. The refs called a charge on McFarland for her fifth foul when a) the WVU defender was not set, actually stepped into McFarland, and b) she was in the restricted arc under the basket. C'mon refs, there's a line on the floor to help you make that call! (Reminded me a little of the charge call against Nikki at the end of our WVU game.)



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