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  1. #16

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    Whalen said she was going to do a little more subbing. Perhaps tomorrow I'll discern a little more rationale in Lindsay's substitution patterns. Purdue's big three picked it up late and that was that.

    Other items of interest: Rebekkah Brunson was at the game. Whalen gave her a pre-game hand shake. Brunson spent half-time posing for selfies with a seemingly endless line of kids. Also at half time Cheryl Reeve was sitting on the court near Brunson talking, I believe, to Kent Youngblood.

    Lamke zipped her pregame t shirt into the second deck over my head.


  2. #17

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    Only four players made FG’s only five players scored with the fifth player making two FT’s. Not sure anything is going to change.

  3. #18

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    Quote Originally Posted by GringaGopher View Post
    Bell and Pitts alone are not enough to carry this team.
    My problem is they shoot too much even when they’re bricking shots. Need more of post game.

    Bello & Lamke combine for 6-14
    Bell & Pitts combine for 14-38

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    On the bright side, it is the third time this season Annalese has reached the upper deck with a pre-game t-shirt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fanfromthevalley View Post
    On the bright side, it is the third time this season Annalese has reached the upper deck with a pre-game t-shirt.
    Positivity is good where all else is failing

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shades View Post
    My problem is they shoot too much even when they’re bricking shots. Need more of post game.

    Bello & Lamke combine for 6-14
    Bell & Pitts combine for 14-38
    Hard to get a postgame going when the defense has 4 players in the lane. We need players to step up and hit some outside shots or else the zones are gonna continue to kill us.

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    There was a developing post battle starting the second half. Harris and Lamke faced off inside and Annalese was 2-3 before being subbed out at 6:13.

    As Whalenfan said, teams just camp their defense in the paint and they really don't care if or where Kaposi gets the ball or whether Taiye gets the ball beyond about eight feet from the hoop.

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    https://gophersports.com/documents/2...24//19_PUR.pdf

    Minnesota Head Coach Lindsay Whalen

    On switching up the starting lineup:

    “We felt like the last couple games E (Irene Garrido Perez) was both playing some really good defense and making some really big plays for us and knocking down some shots, so we felt like that might give us a little spark.”

    On shots not falling down the stretch:

    “These kids are in the gym shooting all the time, so it’s not for lack of effort. I feel for them. I know that it’ll pay off for them at some point, for sure. All their hard work is going to pay off at some point, I told them. It doesn’t feel good right now, at all, but they’re in there every day, working and shooting, they’re sticking together, and all those things you want, so at some point hopefully the shots will fall and the flood gates will just open for everybody.”

    On staying the course versus making any changes:

    “Stay the course, and on to the next one. One of our big goals today in the conference was getting our turnovers down and our assists up, so today with 15 (assists) and 8 (turnovers) was great. We’re making strides and we’re making progress. It doesn’t feel like it right now, but throughout these times there are areas you can see we’re making progress, and that’s a really good sign for us. Like I said, it doesn’t feel
    great. Give those guys some credit. There were a couple of shots (Dominque) Oden hit that there was not much more we could’ve done, and (Ae’Rianna) Harris hits an 18-footer with one second on the shot clock. Sometimes you tip your hat and move on, but for us it’s just continue to work and stick together, and I know we’ll do that.”

    Purdue Head Coach Sharon V

    Opening Statement:


    “It’s always a battle to come up here in the Barn. There’s such great history, and we’re trying to do the best we can and compete when we can on the road. We know how important road games are, so I was really pleased with our team’s effort. I thought our first half was obviously a battle back and forth, but I thought the second half we played really solid, had great inside-outside game, were able to do a really
    good job on the boards, and play better defense than we did in the first half. I thought that was the difference. ”

    On second-half adjustments:

    “We made adjustments, as in I was not very happy with our group because we’ve been working on things to get the ball inside and we didn’t do it the entire first half. The second half our guards did a better job getting the ball inside, so it looked like a major adjustment, and I’m glad it happened, but that’s what we were supposed to do from the start.”

    On getting Minnesota frustrated offensively:

    “We play a really good match-up zone, and we take more pride in our defense than anything else. We’ve been pretty efficient with that all year, so we were just trying to make sure that we were out on the shooters, and we didn’t get sucked in when they took the ball inside. We’d rather have them shoot twos than threes. Obviously (Destiny) Pitts had a good game. She did a nice job shooting, and we got her going which is not good for us, but still I think we did some good things with the rest of the team.”

    On Purdue’s third-quarter run:

    “I felt like that third quarter when we were able to get the ball inside and get Ae’Rianna Harris going, that was big for us. I thought Dominique Oden hit some major shots for us in the fourth, but I thought the third was when we were able to rebound, run, and change the tempo to get the tempo where we wanted it, so I thought the third quarter was good.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ignatius L Hoops View Post
    http://www.startribune.com/zone-defe...ses/504782732/


    Youngblood:


    “Teams are going to zone us,” Whalen said Wednesday, before her team’s final practice in preparation for Thursday’s home game against Purdue. “Illinois went to a zone in the second half. Nebraska had to go to zone in the fourth. … I haven’t seen a zone since I was in college at some point. It’s been interesting, a good challenge to find ways [to attack it]. It’s like putting together a puzzle.”

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    Should it be concerning that the head coach of the Gophers women's basketball team says she "hasn't seen a zone since...[she] was in college"? Maybe that's an example of why most head coaches have first served as assistant coaches, huh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by let'sbeclear View Post
    Should it be concerning that the head coach of the Gophers women's basketball team says she "hasn't seen a zone since...[she] was in college"? Maybe that's an example of why most head coaches have first served as assistant coaches, huh?
    If Whalen and her staff don’t know how to beat a zone, all she has to do is go on YouTube.

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    Quote Originally Posted by let'sbeclear View Post
    Should it be concerning that the head coach of the Gophers women's basketball team says she "hasn't seen a zone since...[she] was in college"? Maybe that's an example of why most head coaches have first served as assistant coaches, huh?
    Yes, last Spring's concerns are playing out now. Thankfully, we had the non-conference grace period.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katogopher View Post
    Played well defensively most of the game but some fouls at the end of the shot clock bailed Purdue out. No doubt this team is offensively challenged and most likely a bottom four team in the BIG. I think Whalen is getting what she can out of them but team lacks the skill set to compete. At this point it would be nice to see some improvement but as the season moves along it appears the team is regressing.
    I watch every game and live and die (figuratively anyway) with the results, but it's deflating. Lazy ball handling and numerous air ball shots are madness. I keep wondering why Gopher bb teams (men's team included) can't recruit any better players. Anybody have an explanation?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hrothgar View Post
    I watch every game and live and die (figuratively anyway) with the results, but it's deflating. Lazy ball handling and numerous air ball shots are madness. I keep wondering why Gopher bb teams (men's team included) can't recruit any better players. Anybody have an explanation?
    Many of these players went to the second round of the NCAA tournament last year.

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    Exactly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shades View Post
    Many of these players went to the second round of the NCAA tournament last year.
    Last year's team had 5 players who could score often and big: Wagner, Bell, Pitts, Hubbard, and Brunson. This year? There seem to be only 2: Bell & Pitts (last night those 2 made 37 (I think) of the team's 53 points. It seems Stallings flew the coop (or was she going to be let go?) and left Whalen with a depleted roster. I don't see how MN can be a powerhouse in the BIG if Whalen can't recruit the top high school talent in MN. I hope she can.
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