This wasn't an attack on Bill. I know he's a great coach, but he's fallible, too. You play the odds. Sometimes you have to see a trend. Never said you have to stop her, but at least a speed bump could have been placed out there. She didn't go off for that many points against these other teams, just us. It's funny too, if you make her pass it, she doesn't get back into the offense. She's lazy. We just didn't make her kick it out much. If she connects on what she did, that was enough.
Bill has a philosophy about a team's best player is going to get their points. He tries to limit the other four. I understand that. In a situation like this, that won't work. Exactly for what you pointed out, she's outshooting our team. Another example would be the K-State game there. They have no business beating us this year, but Ashley Sweat had a career night.
They had people beat our player to the pick all the time, they would climb on us to get to our ball handler or cutter. No call. We always were falling back behind the screen. We never tried, and the ref's were letting it go. That's fouling the screener, not Riley. If we're slower, that's one thing. Our ball handlers need to pass closer to the screener and not allow that gap.
We practiced all week without Allison. Freshman and gitters shouldn't matter at the end of the season. They've played in front of more fans. They had just played this team. They just didn't start fast.
The turnovers for Stucky could be attributed to all the stuff she has on her wrists. Seemed to bother her dribble, catching the ball, and shot.
The positive? It was one game, and not the end of the season in the big picture. I just think they can be better. These are little things, but they add up to a big thing. A loss. I don't think OSU is that good. Time will bear that out.
Originally Posted by Sobchakcyclone
After watching Bill's post-game interview, he seems to agree that OSU isn't very good.
"This has got to be a little more personal sometimes for our players, and when you're in a one-and-done environment, we got to do things a little bit better, a little bit harder over a 40 minute timeframe. And the fortunate thing is that you hope that this is not our last game, we're going to have one more game, and you hope that they learn that the feeling from this hopefully is not the way you want to go out. You want to go out knowing that you played your best, and if you got beat, you got beat by a better team. And I don't think our team can walk out of here tonight thinking that."
He also stated in his pre-Big 12 video that freshman are going to have gitters in this situation. It's their first time in the Big 12 tournament.
"We have a lot of players doing this for the first time. The idea of the freshman gitters come back now. All the stuff that they've played through to get to this point, it starts over. Because now it's the first time in a conference tournament."
Just Bill's thoughts.
"I honestly believe we're doing it in a great, great way, and I hope our fans who are Iowa State fans go to work proudly, not just because of how we win and lose games or how many games we do win, but how we do it." - Bill Fennelly