I think we have a good shot at this game. Looking at Vandy, their 3 core players are seeing 30+ minutes in close games, 2 of them 40 minutes at Notre Dame. They don't really run a post-up game, and their tallest starter is 6"1". Niz, Wieben and Jos should be good at keeping her scoring low. Wirth is the player I worry about, her stats for steals and assists are impressive, but when you ave play time is 35 min, your stats are going to be higher. Vandy really only goes 8 or 9 deep, and foul trouble can really mess their system up.
As many have already said, the key to ISU WBB winning this year is the post play on offense. I think it is for this game critical, it also will force their scoring forwards to guard more and wear them down. The issue that scares me a little is Vandy runs terribly good motion offense with a lot of movement similar to Stanfords triangle offense, and our defense has shown vulnerability with speed.
Should be a good game, if our defense continues to play well, and our posts add 30 points, I think we have this game. A tough physical game with our high rotation should keep fresher legs and give us the edge.
Didn't they rely on pressing our guards last year to keep us out of our offense? I look for the same thing from them this time, although it might not be as effective at Hilton than it is at home in Nashville.
I read that Vandy was bothered by junk and multiple defense schemes presented by Notre Dame. I expect that Bill will do the same. I agree that our depth might be the edge in our favor. We can play harder longer and don't drop off as much as in the past when our starters get a break. Aus wasn't 100% in the Challenge - Let's hope she is ready for this one. We're leaving home in a few minutes and will spend the night with family in Iowa tonight - we'll be there - hope many others will be too.
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