- Sep 2, 2011
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Duke is up by 1 with 59 sec in the half..........Watch it on ESPN 3
From an attendance standpoint, though, we played Purdue last year to a paltry crowd. In fact, it was that crowd that inspired Geno to make the comments that irked so many people.Duke is certainly better than Purdue. Purdue is one of the kind of teams that UConn would do well to schedule home-and-home (to pick up on the theme of another thread). I don't see Duke as 25 less than UConn. Maybe 10-15 at this point, maybe less. They have some really good young talent.
She is very good defensively--17 rebounds and 4 blocks. But on the offensive end, she shot 2-17 on FGs and 5-10 on FTs, with 5 TOs. Her offensive game is lagging behind. I'm still waiting for Duke to become a decent shooting team.Eliz Williams is a terrific rebounder. As for her shooting around the basket? Geno once described some of Tina's shots as a freshman as "throwing logs on a fire." It was like that, only worse. A few of her shots were even blocked. She can't shoot 2-17 very often. Lots of room for improvement on the offensive end. The physical tools are there.
Unlike last year when Duke's interior defense would part like the Red Sea when UConn drove the lane, Eliz Williams will be there waiting this year. She's not a great defender (yet) but she'll aggressively try to block shots.
But for Eliz Williams, and that's a big but esp on the boards, Duke didn't look much different than last year's team. Maybe it was a bad night and Purdue does tend to play some ugly games.
I expected more, but I agree about just giving her more time. We are very fortunate with some of our frosh--KML is definitely ready for prime time, as was Maya.EW will get there. She was light years ahead of any post in her class.
But it just takes time getting used to the size and strength of other post players, and it especially takes time for the game to slow down for young players. In the interim, she will have good games and ugly games. This was definitely of the latter variety.
Absolutely. A responsibility to her and to the fanbase. I know she's pre-med and has lofty professional aspirations that don't include basketball, but she is a super-elite prospect with all the tools to be a first-team AA player when all is said and done. As you alluded to, it certainly took Tina some time to put it all together, and that's with a developer of post players (CD) with an unassailable track record. We shall see.The Duke staff is blessed to have a player like EW, but they also have a responsibility to help develop her game. It will be interesting to watch how it develops during the next 4 years. Krystal Thomas' offensive game showed no progression at all during her time at Duke. KT didn't have EW's physical tools, but I think most expected more from KT. (Maybe there were some physical issues I'm not familiar with.) As long as she stays healthy, there's no reason why EW shouldn't eventually play like Tina Charles did in her junior and senior years.
Well, they did return a lot of players from a NC team.I have no idea why they were there in the first place.
Well, they did return a lot of players from a NC team.
However, they were exposed today at the two most important positions: point guard and center. At PG, it looks like they really have a problem. At center, Bone needs a lot of work to become an effective player, particularly on offense. Ironically, she was once thought of as Griner's near-equal by some "experts". Today, she is not in the same universe, based on what she showed against Purdue.