Ye Gads..............the core of this article is that Dolson has learned that she must not foul in this game. THAT is what she has learned via her so-called increased maturity since a year ago.
To my way of thinking, that is the absolute worst mindset she could have going in. I'm not going to lay it on the kid, I'm going to lay it on the staff. My view: she should be aggressive, determined, on the attack, commited to swatting away shots, grabbing every freakin rebound in sight, jamming in down LOW on offense and swooping up that little hook shot which even the mythical Griner cannot hope to stop without fouling.
My best guess is: instead, we'll see the tentative, huge, tipee-toed kid we've see thus far this year, hangin out mostly beyond the foul shot stripe. I hope to hell I'm wrong on this.....been WAY wrong before, most notoriously on my call that Hammond would become a Husky. If I'm by any remote chance correct this time, it could be a very long night for "Our Girls." The good news is ( for me), in the likely event that I am wrong, it could be that Dolson or the staff read this and decide to turn her and her THREE worthy back-ups loose and they wear out and devastate Baylor in the post.
What she said is exactly what she needed to learn coming out of that game last year. She did a lot of reaching and grabbing instead of moving her feet and taking position with her body. That tall tippy toed kid with hands high over her head and not out to her side is exactly the defensive player she needs to be tomorrow. She needs to do her real work early in possessions and deny BG the spots on the floor she wants and then needs to hold those positions with that tall posture defending her own space. One telling call to watch for from the officials early in the game will be if they GIVE BG calls when she turns and sweeps her arms into Stef's when she is in that tall posture. If they wrongly give that call to BG there will be little hope for Stef to defend without fouling and the game will not be within her control.