Wieben was virtually useless (maybe because of her foot but she was even able to run on it immediately after she did it and had no limp in the last game).
She was able to walk around on it, but "run in it" is a bit strong. She did not practice between the BSU game and MSU game, and we didn't even know if she would play until the shootaround the day of the game.
Would she have been effective if healthy? Hard to say -- the MSU posts were very good. But I can guarantee her ankle was a factor.
The problem is that her ankle will be a factor against Stanford as well. It's not like one day of rest (after a game where she played quite a bit) will make her 100%.
The coaches will have a defensive game plan that, if executed, will make it tough for Stanford to score the way they want to, but they are very talented.
I'm optimistic as always when it comes to the women! I didn't see the Oklahoma game, but they played them close on the road and OU has at least as much inside firepower as Stanford! I assume we cede Jane Appel & company 30-40 inside points (ala the Paris twins) and focus on shutting down the outside game?
Regardless of tonight's outcome, they've had a great season and reflect well on the university!
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I didn't see the Oklahoma game, but they played them close on the road and OU has at least as much inside firepower as Stanford!
We hung with Oklahoma by slowing the game down to a crawl. We didn't look to shoot until the shotclock was under 12. It was a great strategy for winning the game (although a poor strategy for creating good television). It nearly worked -- we had a chance to take the lead with about 3:30 left but we just couldn't get shots to fall at the end of the game.
OU shot 54.5% from the field to our 29.6% shooting, and we were out-rebounded by 12. Yet with 1:20 left we had possession and we were down only 5 points. We kept it close by not allowing OU to shoot threes (they were 0-3 behind the arc), by limiting turnovers (8 to OU's 14), by hitting threes ourselves (7-22), and by keeping the FT shooting even (both teams made 10 FT).
I think Iowa State has a good chance to beat Stanford due to your speed and 3 point shooting. Stanfords' Bigs may be good at getting down the court but they don't like to and they do tire. I'll be yelling loud for the twister sisters. Go Big XII.
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