With the conference schedule starting, now we get see just how good each team is. Oklahoma and Baylor look to be the two top teams and Kansas and Colorado look to be on the bottom. The other eight teams are tougher to predict (this includes ISU, though I am very optimistic). There are three games this week that will start to give indications of how things may shake out.
IMO, those games to watch are: Wednesday
Nebraska @ Texas Saturday
TAMU @ K-State
Iowa State @ Mizzou
Iowa State will look for a physical presence from freshman center Rachel Pierson. Pierson averages 7.5 points as a part-time starter.
"She has to become more of that offensive force," Fennelly said. "The physical nature of this league becomes apparent early, and she's the only person we have who can do that."
I tend to think points-in-the-paint are more reliable through the season and I'm greatly encouraged that we seem to have good inside and outside games. I haven't seen any games in person. What are the differences between Pierson and Wieben? Wieben looks like she has been in the weight room. Is Pierson stronger/larger?
“We’ve got a pretty good football conference, and we’ve got a pretty good conference overall. We’re still walking around with our heads held high and our chest out, about that.” Paul Rhoads
Fennelly was on Cotler this morning and it was a pretty good interview. He said that Weiben is a more finesse player that gets to the rim with agility and footwork, and Pierson has the ability to be more of a banger.
I got the impression that there was something holding the other girls back (Ross is too short, etc) to be a real physical force down low. They're really counting on Pierson through the Big 12 season.
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