Game 7: Gophers at Notre Dame (12-4-19)

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Taiye in foul trouble, Pitts 4-18 shooting, freshman had some freshman moments but they still pulled out a nice road win. Big time shots by Hubbard to put the game away.
 

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I like the fact that the shooters keep shooting. Pitts wasn't shooting well all night and Hubbard had a streak in the 2nd half where she didn't shoot well. But they hit key buckets to ice the game for the Gophers. Also like the fact that Scalia is not afraid to shoot when she gets open shots. T. Bello might have had a 20/20 game if she hadn't been in foul trouble.
 

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And I'm thinking that the bench players will get some PT in the upcoming games.
 

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Ok, they responded😀 whatever fire Lindsay lit under them during the timeout worked. She might want to bottle it for use later in the season
 

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I was half thinking she was going to go all Denny Green on the reporters. Gotta think she won't mince words in practice.
 

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Well, the Lady Gophers put the pedal to the metal in the last 4 minutes, in spite of it looking bleak for a little bit. It was a good win against a talented but still-finding-themselves young Notre Dame team.

Diva was once again the hero, scoring fully half of our three-pointers (6-13) for a total of 20 points.

Pitts contributed another three treys, but had a bit of an off shooting night (3-10 from deep, 1-8 from short) otherwise, yet contributed 14 points and 8 rebounds. One thing for sure is that when you’re stalling, give the ball to Pitts since she’s shooting 90% on free throws. She also had 4 assists.

Scalia also had 4 assists, and although her triple was a bit off (1-6), she shot 3-5 on twos, contributing 9 points and 5 rebounds.

Brunson had a good game, making both of her threes (that will up her percentage), plus 6 assists, for 13 points and 3 rebounds.

T. Bello had another double-double, this time a 16/16 one. She shot 8-15. Some might argue she could have scored 25 points, except she was often double- and triple-teamed in the paint. Those so-called layups are harder than you think with 2-3 defenders collapsing on you and bumping you around. She had 4 fouls, and K. Bello contributed enough minutes to keep her sister in the game when it counted.

Although Notre Dame does not rank that high right now, they’re learning fast and I think will be ranked decently before the end of the season. So this may get us an RPI bump just for playing them, not to mention beating them.
 
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If Notre Dame could’ve closed out this comeback as well, it would’ve tied the second-greatest in program history. The Gophers, though, were having none of it.

Seemingly unfazed, they hit six of their next seven shots after calling a timeout following Brunelle’s bucket, and got a second-chance basket on the only one they missed.

“I said this is what we came here for,” Minnesota coach Lindsay Whalen shared of what she told her team during the timeout. “No matter what had happened (in losing the large lead), we were here to be (within one possession at) five minutes to go in a game with them.”

Added Whalen, “Our kids were just tremendous that last five minutes.”
The bench gets shorter (minutes played):

40 Pitts
38 Hubbard
36 Brunson
35 Scalia
28 Taiye Bello
15 Powell
8 Kehinde Bello
 

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At the moment, the NCAA stats pages have not yet been updated with the Gopher win over the Irish. But when they are updated, Taiye Bello should move up on the double-doubles leader-board from a tie for 13th place to a tie for 8th place (with 5 in 7 games). She may not rank much higher than that, even if she gets double-doubles for every remaining game of the season, simply because other teams have had more games and may remain ahead in games played. The three-way tie for 1st place in that category all have 7 double-doubles in 7, 8 and 9 games respectively.

With 5 blocks against Notre Dame (and 20 for the season thus far), Taiye should rocket up to about a tie for 15th place (minus adjustments from other unreported game outcomes) from a former tie for 37th place. 1st place in blocks (28 in 5 games) currently goes to one of Marlene’s players, Brittany Brewer.

In rebounds per game she will move up to about 21st place from 47th place. She should move from 20th place to about 15th place in offensive rebounds per game.

Before the Notre Dame game, Taiye was shooting a field-goal percentage of .718, but that actually went down to a .667 with the win over the Irish. But for some strange reason she is missing from the NCAA leader-board for field goal percentage. This must be a mistake. After updating with the Notre Dame results she should be in 9th place (plus or minus any other unreported results). Before that game (and now since that result is as-yet unreported) she should (have been) in 5th place (right behind Ruthy Hebard), yet she’s totally missing on that NCAA stats page. Does somebody want to get on that and inform the NCAA of the error in their statistical ways?
 
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At the moment, the NCAA stats pages have not yet been updated with the Gopher win over the Irish. But when they are updated, Taiye Bello should move up on the double-doubles leader-board from a tie for 13th place to a tie for 8th place (with 5 in 7 games). She may not rank much higher than that, even if she gets double-doubles for every remaining game of the season, simply because other teams have had more games and may remain ahead in games played. The three-way tie for 1st place in that category all have 7 double-doubles in 7, 8 and 9 games respectively.

With 5 blocks against Notre Dame (and 20 for the season thus far), Taiye should rocket up to about a tie for 15th place (minus adjustments from other unreported game outcomes) from a former tie for 37th place. 1st place in blocks (28 in 5 games) currently goes to one of Marlene’s players, Brittany Brewer.

In rebounds per game she will move up to about 21st place from 47th place. She should move from 20th place to about 15th place in offensive rebounds per game.

Before the Notre Dame game, Taiye was shooting a field-goal percentage of .718, but that actually went down to a .667 with the win over the Irish. But for some strange reason she is missing from the NCAA leader-board for field goal percentage. This must be a mistake. After updating with the Notre Dame results she should be in 9th place (plus or minus any other unreported results). Before that game (and now since that result is as-yet unreported) she should (have been) in 5th place (right behind Ruthy Hebard), yet she’s totally missing on that NCAA stats page. Does somebody want to get on that and inform the NCAA of the error in their statistical ways?
Update:

The win over the Irish has now been recorded with the NCAA by 10 AM (why so late). And the results noted above are true within expected error margins for other late game updates. But there is still missing shooting data on the NCAA stats sites as follows.

The NCAA statistics for Div I WBB field-goal percentage are at https://www.ncaa.com/stats/basketball-women/d1/current/individual/107 (which I accessed via iPhone, but that should not matter since it’s a data error, not a display error). This lists (on multiple pages) the top 250 women’s basketball (Div I) players in field-goal percentage. Several Notre Dame players and many Big-Ten players are listed. In fact, the top two are currently Big-Ten players, namely Monika Czinano (.745) of Iowa and Mackenzie Holmes (.736) of Indiana. These 250 players (currently) range down to a field-goal percentage of .411. That being the case, the following Gopher players should be in this list (but aren’t):

Taiye Bello .667 (was 5th but post-Irish-win should now be about 9th at .667)
Sara Scalia .453
Gadiva Hubbard .429

Just missing the list would be Jasmine Brunson at .400 and Destiny Pitts at .359 (although Destiny’s .417 three-point shooting is recorded in the three-point field-goal stats). Also legitimately missing the list due to insufficient number of shots would be Kehinde Bello (.700 but only 10 shots), and Klarke Sconiers (.625 but only 8 shots).

The NCAA list of top-250 three-point field-goal percentages https://www.ncaa.com/stats/basketball-women/d1/current/individual/109 is missing:

Sara Scalia .423 (was tied for 15th at .500 but now should be 85th at .423 after missing quite a few at Notre Dame)

Note that Gadiva Hubbard is in the proper 126th place at .390, and Destiny is there too in 90th place at .417, but only Scalia is missing. And she should not be deleted for lack of data since other listed players had fewer three-point attempts. So this is another bonehead error in the NCAA stats. Making it worse, she didn’t get any recognition while she was in 15th place.

Missing from the NCAA free-throw percentage https://www.ncaa.com/stats/basketball-women/d1/current/individual/108 stats is:

Jasmine Brunson .786

Our other three players who belong on that page are there, namely Pitts, Powell and Taiye Bello.

In summary, we are (wrongfully) missing one player from each of the three-point shooting percentage and free-throw percentage NCAA stats pages, and missing all three of our players who belong on the (regular) shooting percentage NCAA stats page.

The question is, is the Athletic Office not pumping this data to the NCAA? Or is the NCAA screwing up badly and dropping data? Do I have to go to NCAA HQ and help those bozos debug their code?
 
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It is frustrating when someone has a job they are getting paid for but you have to do their job for them...for free! Get it done CutDownTheNet!
 

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We went out to watch the game @ Senser's last night and the fast break club did a nice job. They had a back room reserved and even gave away some neat door prizes ! Blanket lady made her usual appearance and nice for the Gophers to get the W.
 

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A frustrated Muffet McGraw post game
Thanks for posting this video. I watched ND win their last 2 Natty's so always cheer for them unless they play the Gophers. This will be a long season for Muffet and I wonder how the loss of Niele Ivey will hurt long term recruitment.
 
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We went out to watch the game @ Senser's last night and the fast break club did a nice job. They had a back room reserved and even gave away some neat door prizes ! Blanket lady made her usual appearance and nice for the Gophers to get the W.
Yes, it was a fun time at the viewing party! We made lots of noise and the folks at the bar outside the back room had the funniest looks on their faces as we cheered on our Gophers!
 

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Full game on YouTube.
Oops. Kelly Roysland Curry wanted a congratulatory high five and didn't get it from Lindsay Whalen. She looked a little disappointed. What gives?
 

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Gophers' contribution (and, at least to me, a hugely surprising OSU win over Louisville) helps the B1G win the challenge for the first time ever.
 
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