Definitely the best team we've faced so far, but I love the way we finished. If we can score in bunches like that, I'll be optimistic about the rest of the season.
Howard is a beast. Period. Have her in for the rest of the game... it's clear that their weakness is the frontcourt, and they've committed so many rebounding fouls already. Force them to keep doing that, we'll eventually win by McCowan getting fouled incessantly on rebounds. I have confidence that's how we'll win this game if we can force them into severe foul trouble. We've fouled a lot, but they fouled even more and their roster will get thinner.
Not happy with the turnovers and our middle of the court being so soft and so easy to exploit, but I love how we didn't commit a foul in the last 4 minutes of the 2nd quarter. We had 4 fouls, the next one would've sent them to the line, and we never gave up another one.
Good half by the dogs, but the first time we've had adversity so far. How we respond to it will reveal if we're a championship team or not.
Very entertaining game. MSST was up by quite a bit when Andra Espinoza-Hunter came in. I'd been impressed with their discipline in transition. They passed up a couple of open threes when there was nobody back to rebound. AEH shot a three with nobody back to rebound. She dribbled right into an Eagle who picked her clean and got an easy layup. AEH enters the game, Marquette rips off 8 straight points in about a minute.
In the second quarter (probably the whole first half) I noticed that McCowan's mark was staying out beyond the three-point line almost exclusively. So, no rim protector, and Marquette is driving to the basket almost at will.
On offense MSST just isn't finding McCowan. Three times or so the entry passes have been too low and picked off, leading to easy fast break baskets. I don't think McCowan's scored more than one assisted basket, if that. It's all been putbacks and free throws. Bibby needs to set up at the high post, so you can have a big-to-big entry pass that the pesky Marquette guards can't pick off on its way up.
Howard's draft stock is certainly up this season. If she keeps shooting well from distance, she'll be an early pick.
They were just ice cold. Blockton, their best player, was 2-14 and Wilborn was 1-9. Thirty out of their 70 shot attempts were 3s, and they only made 6 of them. They are a hot and cold team. Tonight they're hot.