Yup they look like a team that hasnt practiced much, theres talent on this team it just needs to come together. Alexia Smith is a impressive athlete shes gonna be a nice piece going forward.At least we got both Sissoko and Smith back. Team has alot of work ahead of them to value the ball and cut way back on these TO's.
Agreed, I think she should stay in the starting lineup. If she can stay out of foul trouble she could get a few double doubles. Smith looked good as well. Freshmen are gonna have to grow up quickly.If I'm taking one positive away so far this year it's that Sconiers has really taken a step forward.
“We need to be tougher with the ball flat out. We need to be tough with the ball. There were times where they were just taking it from us. They denied reversals, they denied us at the elbows..."
Dec. 09, 2020
Michigan State at Minnesota
Minnesota Head Coach Opening Statement...
“It’s our third game in a row where we’ve dug ourselves into a deep hole. We came back against Eastern Illinois, and now we’ve played against Drake and Michigan State here in the Big Ten, and it’s really tough to come back from a deficit like we’ve done in these first halves. We’ll have to see what we need to do to make sure our team is ready to play. Obviously, it’s tough to start out the way we started in these first three games. We get a few days now, a little bit of time before we go to Northwestern where we can continue to get better in practice and see what we need to work on.” On the turnovers in tonight’s game… “We need to be tougher with the ball flat out. We need to be tough with the ball. There were times where they were just taking it from us. They denied reversals, they denied us at the elbows, and we need to work to get better and make sure we’re open in those situations and more in-sync. We started out the first five minutes with five or six turnovers and it led to easy baskets.”
On how they can improve on the slow starts...
“Different things in practice. Now that we have some time to focus on ourselves, we can simulate those things in practice, because who wants to play from behind in 90 percent of the minutes we’ve played? We’ve been down in every game and I’m getting tired of it. It’s old, and we need to work to get better, for sure.”
Jasmine Powell, Minnesota Guard
On the cause of the slow start to tonight’s game…
“Turnovers. First game we had a moving screen, second game we were just turning the ball over. We’re not putting the ball up and trying to score, we’re just turning the ball over. That’s the common denominator that I’m seeing.”
On her frustrations after fouling out…
“It was very frustrating. I think I should’ve been a little bit smarter than that at the end, because we just started the quarter. I think they were waiting for me to get that fifth foul. It’s hard sitting there and watching instead of helping my team try to win. It was my first experience sitting on the sideline and watching my team, but I was trying to do anything I can leadership-wise to help my team from the sideline ".
Gadiva Hubbard, Minnesota Guard
On the turnovers to start the game…
“I think we were just rushing with it. We were very excited for the game and ended up forcing passes that just weren’t there.”
On what was working in the 15-5 run before half…
“With my shots, I figured they were playing really hard, so they were going to shoot gaps. I tried to read the defense as much as I can, and my teammates were finding me. On the defensive end we were getting stops, so it was just working out for me at that time.”
At the rate they played for much of last night? No. I'd be shocked if they are still playing and looking that bad in another month.Given there have been injuries & illness, but to my non-expert eyes there doesn't appear to be any real big-time talent on the floor for the Gophers. Poor ball handling. No aggressive ball hawking. Slow bigs who can't put layups in or hold onto rebounds when they get them. Not protecting the ball. Sloppy TOs. Gadiva Hubbard was quoted, "I thought they [I assume MSU] were playing really hard." I never had the sense the Gophers were playing hard. They looked sluggish and uninvolved on defense, not contesting many shots. Can they manage to beat anyone in the BIG at this rate?
They used that lineup some last night in the 2nd half and I think we see it some going forward but we also havent seen Bagwell Katalinich or Mershon who should become eligible soon since the NCAA is gonna vote to let all transfers play on the 16th. Those 2 will give some much needed experience and depth in the frountcourt. Lack of practice time and lack of players makes it almost impossible to judge where this team is.I think we're headed toward a four guard lineup plus Sissoko. It would be nice if Powell and Sissoko didn't have 31 of our 56 turnovers. (They also have 27 of our 37 assists).
Laura Bagwell-Katalinich remained the only eligible Gopher not in uniform after the team opened the season without four players.
“We’ll know more this weekend on Laura. We will see how the next few days go with her,” said the Gophers’ head coach.