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Monday, May 20, 2019

Jim Clark’s Husky Report: Day Two, WBCA Classic

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By Jim Clark
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The Huskies rumbled over Richmond, 86-37, while in the more exciting undercard game, Clemson edged out Hofstra by a single point, 69-68, on Day Two of the WBCA Classic being held at Gampel Pavillion this weekend.

Connecticut 86 – Richmond 37

Richmond played an entire half without an assist. UConn had 13 on 19 buckets. The Huskies were 10-14 on threes in the first half alone, as Richmond decided to triple team the post, hoping that Connecticut would miss from the outside. Not today.

UConn continues to practice the 2-2-1 press on makes and misses. The defense does not appear designed to steal the ball, but to delay it. The Huskies also continue to make some very odd passes into traffic. That worked against Richmond, but will be deadly against more active defenses.

Maya Moore played all 20 minutes in a first half that UConn finished 51-14. What’s up with that? Was it a promise made in recruiting? Should there be any concern that she might get worn down by season’s end? Just questions. I have no answers.

Second half? More of the same.

Connecticut’s starters sat after nine minutes.  The score was 76-27 when the last of the UConn starters left the game at 11:08 remaining in the second half.

The third team held their own while Richmond continued to field most of its starters. Too many turnovers. But some really nice plays, too. Jaqui Fernandez did not play until 2:11 was left, but she is not in trouble, just ill. Lorin Dixon was dressed, but it was clear her ankle has not yet recovered. Heather Buck just needs the minutes. Her skills are starting to show. She had four points (2-2), a rebound, an assist, three blocks and a steal in
11 minutes.

Richmond is not going to be the team that challenges Xavier’s likely undefeated Atlantic-10 season.

After raining down threes (13-21) tonight, Connecticut is now shooting .422 as a team. The starters are also .777 from the free-throw line.

Coach Geno Auriemma actually expressed happiness about his team’s defense: “I don’t know that defensively we could play any better than [we did in the first half]. . . . It seemed like we guarded every play exactly how we wanted to guard it. . . . I’m actually surprised at how well we’re playing defensively. I think we’re going to be tested a bit more, . . . but I think we’re a little bit ahead defensively than I thought we’d be at this point.”

Clemson 69 – Hofstra 68

We at Full Court Press don’t get paid very much, but we have the advantage of the press experience: Great seats, free food (of diminishing quality as budgets are shaved), and a lot of basketball to watch. But sometimes, it is a bit painful. Hofstra v. Clemson was a painful one. Hofstra could be a fun team to watch, except for the turnovers and missed free throws (more on that in a minute). But lots of high school teams are more fun than Clemson. And much better coached. I mean, how hard is it to understand that you can set a screen for someone who is not dribbling the ball?

They are called “free throws,” because they are always the same. You can practice them in your driveway. There is no excuse for any decent player to miss a large number of them. Hofstra seems not to be aware of these simple rules, and as a result, the Pride are now 0-2 in this tournament. The team shot 53.3 percent from the line and lost to Clemson by a single point. Hofstra went to the line 30 times, and missed 14 of its shots from the stripe. That’s 53 percent free-throw shooting. Clemson made 12 of 18 (for a considerably better, but still unimpressive, 66 percent from the line).

At least it was a close game. The Tigers, although winners, continue to be unimpressive. To be fair, they ran about 10 more set plays than they did Friday. That means they ran 10 plays. But they had 74 shots. Yep. 74. They made just over a third of those (25). Hofstra shot a much better 48 percent, and they ran a recognizable offense with screen, cuts and decent passes. But too many passes went the wrong way, and they turned it over 23 times.

 

Originally published Sun, November 29, 2009


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NCAA DIVISION I TOP 25 COACHES' POLL
WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Week: February 7, 2012
RANK SCHOOL RECORD LAST WEEK'S RANK PRESEASON RANK AP RANK POINTS
1 Baylor (31) 24-0 1 1 1 775
2 Notre Dame 23-1 2 2 2 743
3 Connecticut 21-2 3 4 3 710
4 Stanford 20-1 4 5 4 685
5 Duke 19-3 6 8 5 650
6 Miami (FL) 20-3 7 7 6 604
7 Kentucky 21-3 5 15 7 584
8 Maryland 20-3 10 10 8 534
9 Wisconsin-Green Bay 20-0 9 24 9 530
10 Ohio State 21-2 11 NR-RV
(61)
10 483
11 Tennessee 17-6 8 3 11 476
12 Delaware 20-1 13 NR 12 434
13 Georgetown 18-5 15 11 14 379
14 Texas A&M 16-5 16 6 15 378
15 Nebraska 19-3 18 NR 13 309
16 Rutgers 17-4 14 12 17 372
17 Louisville 17-6 12 9 20 276
18 Gonzaga 21-3 19 NR-RV
(70)
19 234
19 Purdue 19-5 17 21 16 222
20 Georgia 18-6 20 12 21 202
21 Penn State 18-5 21 14 18 176
22 DePaul 17-7 23 18 NR-RV
(38)
92
23 Georgia Tech 16-6 22 NR-RV
(18)
22 104
24 South Carolina 18-5 NR-RV
(13)
NR 24 46
25 Vanderbilt 18-5 NR-RV
(23)
NR-RV
(19)
NR 45
Dropped Out: No. 24 North Carolina, No. 25 Kansas.
First-place votes: Total first-place votes received (if any) are indicated in parentheses following school name.
Others receiving votes: St. Bonaventure (22-2) 34; North Carolina (17-6) 19; California (17-6) 18; Florida Gulf Coast (21-2) 16; Middle Tennessee (19-5) 15; Texas-El Paso (20-2) 8; Texas Tech (16-6) 5; Brigham Young (21-4) 4; Fresno State (19-4) 4; St. John's (15-8) 4; Princeton (15-4) 3; Oklahoma (15-7) 2; West Virginia (17-6) 2; Kansas State (15-7) 1.
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Credit: Courtesy Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). The weekly Division I Top 25 Coaches' Poll, sponsored by USA Today and ESPN, is based on voting by a Board of Coaches made up of 31 head coaches at Division I institutions all of whom are WBCA members.