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    Default Maroon and Gold showcase set for Sunday Oct 13

    Doors open at 3 PM at the Barn. Event with open practice will begin at 4 PM.

    Whalen will speak and there will be a chance for autographs at the end of the event.

    Like last year, this is not a joint event with the men's team.

    Here's the link with full info:

    https://gophersports.com/news/2019/1...or-oct-13.aspx


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    Not long now.

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    The scoreboard says "free rosters are available at the marketing table behind section 107". Somewhat of a necessity early this season.

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    A quick summation: Lindsay treated the showcase as a game.

    Starters (as expected): Pitts, Hubbard, Staples, Brunson and T. Bello.

    First guards off the bench: Powell, Adashchyk and Scalia. Powell (at the point replacing Brunson). Scalia played a lot of minutes.

    Post players off the bench: For the first 2 1/2 quarters it was only K Bello. Late in the game Tomancova and Cummings made a brief appearance (Cummings' most memorable play was a block).

    Obviously the rotation as of now: The Bellos at post. Brunson and Powell at point. Pitts will probably just stay on the court. Then it's a mix of probably Hubbard and Staples replaced by Scalia and Adashchyk.

    Jasmine Powell is shaping up as an exciting player. She's quick, drives the lane and makes nice quick passes to cutters. Plus she made a couple of fast break heaves. Jasmine probably dribbles a little too much right now and doesn't seem naturally inclined to drive and kick (which is a problem when you leave Pitts standing all alone behind the three line without giving her the ball). I think that will be corrected shortly.

    Otherwise: Hubbard looked good and can still knock down the three. Scalia was obviously comfortable on the court and I'm guessing will be a good fit.

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    Thanks for the report, Iggy. I wasn't sure who would fill the 5th starting spot. Looks like Staples has an early shot at it. She struggled a bit last year as a first year player, but she was injured for a while. She looked like someone who could hit threes. Hopefully she'll be able to contribute in other areas also. Doesn't surprise me that Powell shows some promise, as she's a 4-star recruit.

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    I should've mentioned that the scout team pulled out the victory after trailing much of the game.

    Also: the Bellos played some together. And I think it's safe to say that T Bello's game has improved again this season. She's added a little range.

    I was a little disappointed to only see Sconiers during warm ups. Transfer, Kadi Sissoko did not play; but I'm assuming that she has to sit a year.

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    Thanks for the recap. I was celebrating our # 20 ranked FB team with a Vikings W. Go Gophers !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ignatius L Hoops View Post
    I should've mentioned that the scout team pulled out the victory after trailing much of the game.

    Also: the Bellos played some together. And I think it's safe to say that T Bello's game has improved again this season. She's added a little range.

    I was a little disappointed to only see Sconiers during warm ups. Transfer, Kadi Sissoko did not play; but I'm assuming that she has to sit a year.
    Yes, Sissoko can not play this year due to transfer rules. She does need to sit this season out.

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    FWIW: Sconiers led the post warm up, fire up huddle.

    Early on, the Gophers ran a weave against the scout team's man defense. Against the scout team's zone they, oddly for a team with Pitts and Hubbard, had problems getting good outside shots.

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    https://gophersports.com/news/2019/1...-showcase.aspx
    Minnesota's starting lineup included three starters from a year ago, including seniors Taiye Bello and Jasmine Brunson and junior Destiny Pitts. Sophomore Mercedes Staples, who started two games a year ago, was also a member of the starting five, as was redshirt junior Gadiva Hubbard, who missed all of last season due to injury.

    Pitts was the team's top scorer Sunday with 16 points, while Bello also reached double digits with 13 points. Hubbard knocked down three 3-pointers to finish with nine points, while freshman Jasmine Powell scored eight and Brunson recorded six.

    Staples chipped in with five points, while senior Kehinde Bello had four points. Freshman Sara Scalia matched Kehinde Bello with her four points, while fellow newcomer Masha Adashchyk contributed two points.

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    http://www.startribune.com/godiva-hu...age/563017632/

    Strib: Kent Youngblood on the scrimmage:

    What did you like?

    "Diva," Whalen said of Hubbard, who missed last season after having surgery on her right foot. "I liked having her on the court. She looks good. We keep bringing her along. Our starting group … was really good."

    The Gophers finished the 2018-19 season strong after Whalen went to a small lineup that had Taiye Bello at center.

    That will be the Gophers' plan this year as well, with some personnel changes. Gone is all-Big Ten guard and leader Kenisha Bell and her 19.1 points per game.

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    Hubbard's return is big. Her three-point credibility will give the Gophers offensive spacing while also taking pressure off Pitts, who scored 20 or more points in eight of the Gophers' final nine games last season.

    "It felt good," Hubbard said after playing competitively on the Williams Arena floor for the first time since the end of the 2017-18 season. "It wasn't fun sitting on the bench, that's for sure. I'm happy I can contribute again."

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    Besides Diva’s 3 triples (glad to see her mobile and that she can still shoot like yester-year), I think Destiny had either 3 or 4 threes (and shot a fairly high percentage. Mercedes play and shooting seemed to continue the improvement started at the end of last season. With what amounts to 4 starting guards that all can shoot, it could well be possible to (as needed) leverage a shoot-the-three-first strategy this year.

    We know that Scalia can also shoot the triple well, since she shot the lights out for Stillwater in the MN State Tournament last Spring. She’ll get involved in that eventually, but in this game was more focused on helping with ball movement. Adashchyk has a nice shot too. I’d say the second-unit guards were better than the starters at getting crisp passes into the post or to cutters - but that might be simply a consequence of the starters’ focus on the triple.

    Jasmine Powell seems super fast and a tenacious defender (plus a good passer) at first look, being a bit like a slightly shorter version of Jasmine Brunson. We might have to start calling them Speedy Jas #1 and Speedy Jas #2.

    We may see a lot of double-doubles from T. Bello this year. I’m setting a goal for K. Bello to get at least one double-double. I like that double-twins double-high-post screen setup. It opens up the lane for cutters and/or kickouts and/or free-throw-length jump shots by the open twin.

    Cummings’ block was awesome. She stuffed an otherwise-made layup by a Scout player who I believe was probably taller. Some very scrappy defensive play by K. Bello too, although the scrimmage refs seemed to pick on her like the NCAA refs have done in the past.

    All in all, a great scrimmage, and one that demonstrates that Whay has some great talent to work with this year. Perhaps most importantly, we have a much deeper bench, and we start out healthy. But also, it looks like the rookies and other second-unit players will be able to contribute. Some nice recruiting by Whay and staff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ignatius L Hoops View Post
    Starters (as expected): Pitts, Hubbard, Staples, Brunson and T. Bello.
    I may have to look back to when we were speculating the roster. I remember arguing with someone that thought Powell would be starting. Powell would have to be amazing to start over a senior.

    Pitts as a PF doesn’t appeal to me. I’m not the huge lover of small ball other than playing against mid-majors or the like.

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