Guard Heather Ezell said she hopes moving Alison Lacey back to the point, where she played for most of Wednesday’s 65-42 win over Missouri, will get the 2007-08 All-Big 12 second team performer back on track.
I think this is a good idea. Granted you have to look at the level of competition, but the offense looked much better Wednesday than it had been. This team has been winning because of defense and rebounding, so maybe it is time to shake up things offensively.
Lacey is a better point than Ezell. That's no knock on Ezell's abilities -- she's performed admirably at point and is an excellent 2-guard.
The reason for putting Ezell at point was the theory that Lacey would be able to do more without the ball than with it. That hasn't been the case this year, so I'm all for putting Lacey back at point. We can start Lacey at 2 guard again next season when Ezell graduates and either Williams or Yackley is likely starting at point.
I'd love to watch the archive of the Thursday press conference, but the video isn't working for me.
I think Aus would be better at point because she can penetrate better than Ezell. Ezell is probably a more natural 2 then Aus. Also, having Aus handling the ball gives her more touches. Sometimes working so hard to get the ball takes away from shooting ability. I'd say it is similar to what happend to Sid Spencer at TN when Summit told her to work for and get more shots, her 45% 3 pt shot went into the toilet.
This is a good move. I kind of wondered why they didn't go back to it sooner after it became clear that neither Williams or Yackley was going to be starting this year. I realize that Aus thinks she is more comfortable/productive as a 2, but that doesn't seemt to be nearly as true for her as it is for Heather. I also think putting her at the point allows her to drive more and shake up her game a little bit like she did Wednesday. Hopefully the move gets here going a little bit.
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