- Aug 24, 2011
- Reaction Score
She has such a strong base! She gave Griner fits. It was a tough game to lose but having Heather do so well (and for the 2nd year in a row) was a nice consolation prize!
I didn't care for Coach's rotation at the 5 in the second half last night.
Buck was clearly more effective defensively (both matched against Griner, and for weak-side help) as ochoopsfan's stats illustrated. And I don't agree that Buck was such an offensive liability that she couldn't find a spot on the floor.
It's absolutely true that she's not a scorer. But she's an offensive rebounder (she had none in the box score, but she occupied Griner so others could rebound) an effective screener, and her movement and location through the offense were a lot crisper.
Check the linescore. I believe when Buck entered in the first half, Baylor was in the midst of a 5-0 run (something like that). Buck left with UConn in a 7-0 run. Dolson entered and Baylor immediately went on their own 7-0 run.
Every game is different, but last night, Dolson was just laterally too immobile on both ends of the floor. The score is the final arbiter and frankly I think UConn was a more effective team with Buck on the floor. I suspect Griner and Mulkey would agree.
The problem was, Uconn couldn't score if Buck was in, it hurt the rest of the team scoring wise too.
I think if you look at the game we came back from 7 down to take the lead int the first half after Heather came in (KML was freed up to make her string of 3's) and Heather came back in the second half after we lost much of that lead (Griner shooting over Stef) and the momentum switched. Heather goes out and Baylor cranks in a very strong run to finish. I was wondering like Nan what would have happened with 2 bigs in at the same time. I do agree that if this was in the Spring, Geno would have played a different game.
That is very accurate. As I said in another post I was hoping for Ms. Banks to come in to pester Sims for awhile. I felt for Caroline.Griner didn't beat us, Simms did. Hate to say it but Caroline just wasn't quick enough to get to the wing when we went zone.We guard simms we win but that is a tall order.