If there's one thing to have no doubt about it's that Fennelly does not make random choices, and that applies to scheduling as well. There is a purpose with each and every opponent. As a previous post referenced, Fennelly liked the principles represented by Air Force. Again, there is no doubt he will use that the rest of the season.
Do I want to see ISU play (and win) big games against big competition? Definitely! We have Texas in town on Wednesday!!
It was good to see the positives from the Air Force game, including Kidd's shooting, Moody's intensity, and Prins' aggressiveness.
Did anyone notice the late game strategy when Moody was out to have a big (Hallie, Fallon, Pop) bring the ball up the floor? Do you think that is something that will stay in the mix? Kind of the women's version of Royce White?
I seem to recall that Hallie often handled the ball for her team in high school, but that is what 1A Iowa ball?....I wouldn't be surprised to see some of it, but a lot will depend on who are opponent is.
Usually Drake and/or UNI were good RPI games for us. Drake is 299 UNI 158. I bet UNI's goes up through MVC, which would be good for us.
Also, in doing the schedule, BF probably thought ETS would have been a higher RPI game than it appeared it would be this year, as ETS has historically been a good mid-major.
No doubt BF knows what he is doing, and he is likely wanting a fresher team for Big 12 play, and banking on health and fitness more than a harder noncon where he can rest starters. Makes sense. And BF has proven he is a master at strategy and numbers. And the RPI game reigns supreme. I respect it, and know his goal is making the dance.
It doesn't change my feelings as a fan that I might like to see ISU play a couple interesting teams once in a while. A Maryland, a Vandy, FSU, Florida, etc. If I was dreaming, I would like us to have two home and homes offsetting, so we got one team in Hilton every year that fans would enjoy seeing. Of course there is always the holiday trip with a couple good teams in it, but, that aside, as fans, we don't always get to see those games.
We might be plowing through the cupcakes right now but that Iowa loss should at least remind the gals that lots of tough road games are coming up in conference play.
I give BF props for being honest - he has said he doesn't want to risk losing - but Hilton's WBB fans deserve more than they are getting.
Anna......please stop shooting 3's! BF.......please tell Anna to stop shooting 3's!
You are now 4 of 31 on the season from 3 point range. That is not a weapon for this team. That is a liability.
We don't shoot them like we used to as a team. This year is 30% and last year was 31%. Back in 2000-2001 it was 41%!
She is shooting less than 16 percent this season, even with the one made today. Her percentage has gone down each and every year. On this team, her efforts are much more valuble rebounding on the inside, imo. She is not going to draw the defense out or anything with her "threat" of a 3 point shot.
It opens the lane for Pops to work so you need her to hit those shots.