I think it's the offense, not the personnel.
by SorinBasement (2019-02-08 08:54:33)

This hell-bent determination to force the ball into the low post is killing us. It essentially takes Arike, Jackie and Marina--three of the best players in the country--out of the game.

ND's halfcourt offense is at its best when it's based on ball movement. It's based on the ability to make that extra pass, to give up a good shot for a better shot. Once the ball is forced down low, particularly with the lob, there's rarely an opportunity for an extra pass. The low post player, assuming they've caught the difficult pass, is often too far under the basket to have any options aside from an awkward shot. They're also pushed too far under the basket to be in any position for an offensive rebound.

These players are all extremely talented and have played together for a very long time. They're well-suited for an offense based on ball movement. They're all very good passers, and they're all threats to score. Why run an offense that fails to take advantage of that?


Bingo! This has been happening way too much this year.
by BTFNDGUY  (2019-02-08 16:36:20)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

That aspect, coupled with the effort to make a "great" pass (where the odds of success are low) and settling for a "good" pass need to change.


Bingo has been happening way too much this year? 😢 *
by BabaGhanouj  (2019-02-08 17:34:13)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Isn’t Bingo a dog? B-I-N-G-O Bingo was his name *
by 2ndstreeter  (2019-02-08 18:28:28)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Well Stated *
by Domer65  (2019-02-08 14:39:38)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Perhaps more the lack of high post shooting
by SixShutouts66  (2019-02-08 14:03:42)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

I think we've aways been prone to high risk/high reward entry passes to the low post player. Frustrating turnovers on the passes have been present for a number of years, but we've also scored a lot of easy points that way. It seem that we end up with a lot of congestion around the basket with Jess and Bri gravitating there. Having Jessica hit baskets from the high post may be more consistent with the desired offense approach. A fallout of this is the congestion when Arike or Jackie drive to the basket.

All three losses have occurred to teams that stifled transition points. The success in our transition game may have masked problems with the half-court offense nad lack of a natural PG.


Our guards have to keep their defenders honest.
by sixtythreer  (2019-02-08 11:22:37)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

When we give up on shooting from beyond the arc, it allows the other team's guards to sink down
into and around the paint. It clogs things up for Bri and Jessica, and it makes the lob much harder.

History shows that Marina and Arike will eventually start hitting their threes. But they will never make one, if they don't shoot them. I would even like to see Jackie take two or three a game. We can't give up on the three like we did last night in the 3rd periods and early fourth period, and expect the paint to be open.

The lob works best when Bri and Jessica have room to adjust to where it comes down.


The lob works best if the defense is a step or 2 behind
by TerryND83  (2019-02-08 09:48:44)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

In all their losses, the NDWBB stood around too much, dribbled too much and did not pass the ball around the perimeter enough to make the opponent's defense move. They need to make the defense work not help the defense guard them. When they play teams that can't match their speed or athleticism, they can win but when they play teams like UCONN, North Carolina and Miami that can match their speed and athleticism, they play sloppily and with no emotion other than frustration.

It's a good thing NDWBB won the championship last year. Based on what I have seen this year, NDWBB will be lucky to get to the Elite 8.