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Does anyone still believe that Coach Summitt's half time lecture in the Florida game was the reason for the great 2nd half, and a key to future consistency? The players are scared and confused, and make knee jerk reactions to the latest coaching tirade. Last night they came out thinking that playing hard meant playing frantic. For a 23-2 team, no one, players nor coaches, are having any fun. With a few minutes left in a game that was essentially over, you couldn't tell from the expressions of the coaches or players which team was winning. This was a win, but the team played poorly and remains unprepared and uncertain going into the tournaments. That's a coaching problem as well as a player issue...and so far the ranting approach hasn't worked out.
Some side thoughts:
The box score showed Strickland only played 16 minutes. She was 7-12 shooting and appeared to have had a decent game. Manning played even fewer minutes, and she also seemed to have played well.??? Has this team become so dependent on Cain that they couldn't rebound nor defend near the basket without her? So much for letting an honor student skip a game to attend a class.
Brewer had overall good stats, but appeared to feel that she had to shoot the ball whenever she touched it. Kicking the ball out sometimes for the open 3 is still what loosens up the defense and wins games in women's basketball.
Doesn't anyone notice in the films that Brianna Bass defends to the side of the offensive player rather than in front of her? She's the quickest player on the team, but gets driven by on just about every play. That's a fixable problem.
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