I’ll bet we’ve passed on hundreds of open 15 foot jumpers this year. After the outside pick is set the defense sags to the basket because they know our girls arre seemingly not allowed to pull up for the 14-15 foot jumper. It’s always drive the middle for a layup or kick out for the three. Remember the UCLA game where Pili started taking those midrange jumpers in the second half and had lots of success? She should live there when she faces mountains in the middle.
Great comment. I agree!!
Well this is quickly becoming a blowout after some rough sailing. Nice job, ladies!
Oregon state over Colorado on the road. The six point win is not reflective of how lopsided OSUs victory was, leading by 25 at one point. Colorado made a late push but OSU dominated the vast majority of this game.
OSU is looking like a legit top 10 team. And their résumé got a serious boost this weekend.
Good win by the Utes yesterday. Oregon played some zone, and Johnson, Pili, and Wilke all took mid-range shots. That’s more like it, playing to what the defense gives, rather than forcing what they are taking away.
Huge congratulations to Jenna Johnson. I heard in the telecast that she passed 1,000 career points as a Ute, and had an excellent game, maybe her best of the year. That is a very nice achievement and she still has one more year to add to the total.
The Beavers are really hitting their peak at the right time. They play home games against USC and UCLA next week, two top twenty teams. They have an excellent shot of being in the top 10 at this time next week.
Rees would have been a valuable player this year. However, there is no reason to believe that Rees would have been a starter at least until the Kneepkins injury. She wasn’t last year. I think that is why she left.
That is likely. In my head I had her sister playing at Oregon State and thinking that was why she transferred. Of course, I had to look it up. Her sister played for UW and graduated last year, so it wasn’t that.
NET #15 Colorado at #6 Utah TODAY 6p MT
Pac-12 National / Mountain
Quadrant 1 game for both teams
Up 15 at the half. Good performance so far.
We were almost up by 20, now up by 3 after a late run by CU with 50 seconds left in the game.
make that 1. Yikes
Wow what an ending!
I was at the game. Honestly don’t know what happened at the end there. It took a few seconds to register. Great finish.
It’s a win. A win against a very good team.
Missed the game. It’s a very good win. I’ll save my criticism for the coach another time.
Truth being spoken. I will get a bit negative later, but want to post some positive things first.
What can you say about Dasia Young, coming off an injury and coming off the bench for 13 big points, none more important than the drive at the end. That was a very confident drive and finish, no shrinking violet with the game on the line.
Vieira with 16 points and was trending for a triple double there for a while!
Pili with 18 points and only tried to force an inside shot that wasn’t there only once. Also, she scored her 1,999th point last night. Will go over 2,000 next game in LA.
Johnson had another terrific game and drew another offensive foul on an opposing big, she might lead the country in offensive fouls drawn. She is a warrior down low despite being undersized for who she is matched up with every night.
Now for a bit of negative with some positive mixed in.
The Utes rely on ball movement, screens and drives to find open shots and with the zone the Buffs played in the 4th quarter discombobulated everything offensively. Vieira is used to being the main ball handler and moving anywhere on the court she wants to go, but with that zone, the Buffs caused everyone on the Ute offense to stand and not move, which made it easier for the Buffs to trap wherever the ball went. Before that last turnover I was thinking, well, they have to have come up with something in these last three timeouts to find a way to not get trapped and find an open player in the zone, but nope, same plan. Now there is tape on how the Utes handle ball pressure and traps and zones, so they will likely see more of that. Vieira isn’t big enough to see the open players as those double teams come.
I think some of Vieira’s issue was she had to be tired. Palmer only played a few minutes in the 2nd quarter and the offense died while she was running it, and she never played again.
That was also a very physical game and the refs were letting a lot go. How many of those traps after defensive rebounds or dribbles were fouls not called, at least half of them. The Buffs were VERY aggressive in those traps and when the ball handler is moving the ball and can’t because she is getting whacked or pushed, that’s a DANG FOUL!!! Sherrod could have driven the middle every possession of the game and scored over 30 again, but what the refs take, they can also give as we hammered her a few times and she backed off a bit after getting a leg injury of some kind.
That Danish player (Fromann) for the Buffs could not miss in the 2nd half. Everything she threw up went in. It was good for the Utes they had her in foul trouble in the 1st half. Maybe run some offense right at her and get her out of the game so that late in the game she can’t be hitting threes from everywhere. We did that in the first half and it worked great. Vieira and McQueen got easy shots with Fromann defending them.
It was really four different teams that played that game, two teams in the 1st half and two entirely different teams in the second half.
Let’s finish positive. Colorado is very very good, they have shooters at 4 of their positions, a lot of quickness and size on defense and are a veteran team that is well coached. I was somewhat shocked that the Utes made it look easier than it should have been in that first half, and said to myself as the 4th quarter started, just got to find a way to make a few shots, and the Buffs would run out of time. Even with the Buffs 8-0 run in the last minute of the game, I still felt the clock would be their enemy, but we all saw how that worked it, A BIG WIN!!
Oregon State hit a shot at the buzzer (only 1.1 seconds left when they inbounded to beat UCLA last night in Corvallis. Beers missed about half the game after getting an elbow. There were technical fouls, and other wackiness. The race for seeds is really tightening and the games are going to get even more physical down the stretch.
The PAC12 is just so good that you can lose games and stay in the top 10. I am going to be very interested to see how the NCAA tournament is seeded. Last night, they said that both Stanford and Colorado were #1 seeds. Even ranked down in the lower part to top 25 may get the Utes a #4 seed.