They thoroughly outplayed ND's big's tonight.
by ndbutch (2019-02-07 21:17:58)

They spread the floor and every Irish player had a tough time defensively. A lot of offensive rebounds and stick backs were the result of having to go help a beaten defender.

Offensively ND looks like the 1984 Lakers without Kareem. If they can't get out in transition they struggle. Having Brianna catch the ball out top in their set is like pouring glue into the offense. She doesn't even look at the basket. Turns her back at times when the entry pass isn't there and the guards have to sumo wrestle to get away from the defender and start running the play. There was a turnover to start the 2nd half on that very play. Her and Sheppard, so good on paper, appear to be tactically incompatible offensively sometimes. Turner won't take the shot. Sheppard acts like its an act against nature if she takes a jump shot and misses.
Ariel Braker would do enough to keep the defense honest at least.

Finally. They don't react well at all to adversity. They seem panicked. The Irish have a team that is much more formidable on paper than they actually play.

It’s not a popular opion, but I’ve said multiple times that
by Btd  (2019-02-08 00:58:18)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

I think we aren’t as strong this year with turner as we were last year without her. Her and Shep play the same position and neither of them are playing Kat’s Role offensively. We are in effect playing with 4 offensively when both are in. The bigger Jess may also have been better for us.

It is compounded by our desire to play the lob offense we played prior years under turner. We don’t have a great half court offense right now.

Our coach has to find a different offense that doesn’t rely on a big Where Kat used to be. I / we falsely thought Jess would move there this year and that isn’t happening. Running teams off the floor will Not get it done every game.

Nelson was also better for us in a zone IMO.

I don’t view it as hopeless. There is time to reshuffle the deck. I don’t know if it is a back breaker to be a two seed. Sans sorting out the missing link offensively it doesn’t matter what our seed is.

Totally Agree *
by Domer65  (2019-02-08 08:25:59)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

Agree with everyting you said. *
by domer79dad09  (2019-02-08 07:58:28)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post