- Aug 26, 2011
They don’t know she’s going to shoot. She’s really a pass first player, so your entire defense has to be connected as to who is helping where or she‘ll be getting teammates layups if you scheme to stop her with a second defender. Other than losing her on a couple back door plays, I think SC probably had the right game plan - stay connected as close as you can, but don’t bring too much help so you can take away her passing game, and force her shoot tough two-point shots instead. We didn’t score enough to win that game really, we just held SC to 54 in regulation as well.Paige is absolutely incredible. We can all agree on that. How come, when the other team knows she's going to shoot, is she so often wide open to take the shot? Yes, she's hit many shots with a hand in her face. If UConn can figure out how to shut down the other team's best shooter, why is no one in the grill of Paige all game? Just wondering.
We could see a box and one at some point just to get the ball out of her hands, which I think Christyn could shred by driving into the gaps - but we have to be ready for it.