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PostPosted: 10/19/17 5:34 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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Ezi Magbegor

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She says whether she stays in Australia or goes to the U.S. "depends on whether I get offered a scholarship to the school in America I want to go to."

?????????? Rumors, please.

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That school is not UCONN .



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WNBA 09 wrote:
GlennMacGrady wrote:
Ezi Magbegor

<iframe width="640" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/-uQ8Z_zhyJc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

She says whether she stays in Australia or goes to the U.S. "depends on whether I get offered a scholarship to the school in America I want to go to."

?????????? Rumors, please.

<iframe width="640" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/f7yn4o4XhKM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>



That school is not UCONN .


UConn is recruiting her so I put her in this thread, but you could be right.

Her doubt about getting a scholarship seems unlikely to be about her basketball ability, which would seem to merit a scholarship from any coach. Therefore, it may be that the doubt is related to her getting academically accepted, which suggests a school with top academic standards.
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PostPosted: 10/19/17 6:18 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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She says whether she stays in Australia or goes to the U.S. "depends on whether I get offered a scholarship to the school in America I want to go to."

?????????? Rumors, please.


Her brother goes to the University of West Georgia. Sounds like UConn is interested.



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PostPosted: 10/22/17 8:01 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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Eziyoda Magbegor has been hailed as one of the best young basketball players in the world - some even say she's the next Lauren Jackson.


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She's still weighing up her options between continuing her WNBL career or heading to a United States college next year.


http://www.smh.com.au/sport/act-sport/wnbl-canberra-capitals-young-gun-eziyoda-magbegor-forging-her-own-legacy-20171019-gz4o9u.html


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Christyn Williams, the No. 1 high school player in the Class of 2018, has narrowed her college choices.

. . . . she is choosing between UConn and South Carolina.

Her trip to UConn was last weekend, when she visited with post player Olivia Nelson-Ododa. . . .

Williams’ high school coach . . . said . . . that she would sign her letter of intent on Nov. 10 at her school. She will make her announcement at the 12:15 p.m. (Eastern time) ceremony.

. . . . Nelson-Ododa (6-4) is also expected to announce her decision during the early signing period . . . .

Nelson-Ododa is fifth in ESPN’s HoopGurlz Class of 2018 rankings. . . .

So Nelson-Ododa, who has been a top UConn target throughout high school, could fill the need for a post player. Williams, a physical shooting guard, is the best player in the class and has been a longtime UConn target.


http://www.courant.com/sports/uconn-womens-basketball/hc-sp-uconn-women-christyn-williams-1022-story.html
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That school is not UCONN .


UConn is recruiting her so I put her in this thread, but you could be right.

Her doubt about getting a scholarship seems unlikely to be about her basketball ability, which would seem to merit a scholarship from any coach. Therefore, it may be that the doubt is related to her getting academically accepted, which suggests a school with top academic standards.


I wish it were Stanford but we have a lot of trouble getting foreign kids academically qualified. Plus we have no more scholarships available in 2018. Crying or Very sad When I see that Ododa has us on her short list, it makes me cry too since we don't have a scholarship.



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PostPosted: 10/29/17 9:25 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Undeclared and extraordinary, Olivia Nelson-Ododa healing, observing and mulling

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Her dad, Sebastian, was in the stands, telling himself that his daughter would get up and be fine.

Then he heard her scream.

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Nelson-Ododa, a straight-A student who takes honors courses and wants to study medicine, has made official visits to Connecticut, Florida State and South Carolina. She will tour Duke next weekend.

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Nelson-Ododa said all the schools have impressed her so far, but one part of one visit stands out.

During her trip to South Carolina's campus, she got to sit in on two knee surgeries.
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Nelson-Ododa said all the schools have impressed her so far, but one part of one visit stands out.

During her trip to South Carolina's campus, she got to sit in on two knee surgeries.


Well, that would have done it for me. After I feinted and they picked me off the floor, that would be my last choice. Of course, I never had any aspirations to become a doctor either. Wink



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PostPosted: 11/01/17 8:58 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Tonight's UConn exhibition game against Fort Hays State will be streamed for free at 7 pm ET HERE.

Game notes are HERE.

Freshman Batouly Camara will not be playing due to injury.

HERE is Geno commenting on Freshman Lexi Gordon, who is having trouble keeping up with the fast pace; and HERE on freshman Mikayla Coombs, who is not having trouble with the pace but with being too tentative. Both are typical freshman issues, according to Geno.
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PostPosted: 11/03/17 1:28 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

The Z Factor in resumed action:





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PostPosted: 11/03/17 10:25 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

ONO has a new entry on her blog.

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A lot of people talk about rankings and the thing that they say is that they don’t matter, but I don’t think that’s true to a competitor.

We all care on some level about our ranking so when I saw that I dropped from No. 1 to No. 5 it motivated me.


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I’m down to five schools now: Duke, UConn, Georgia, South Carolina and Florida State. I have my fourth visit coming up this weekend to Duke and then I’ll see what I want to do after this one. I don’t know if I’ll take the last visit as of now.


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These visits are so important to me because I, honestly, don’t know what I’m gonna do.
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PostPosted: 11/05/17 5:22 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Glad to see the only worthy PG start.



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cthskzfn wrote:
Glad to see the only worthy PG start.


If Dangerfield is the only worthy PG, we'll probably see only a seven player rotation in big/close/contested games, assuming there are any.

Did you hear what Geno said about having a full bench? He said it was a mixed blessing, and compared it to having a full tool box at home. He then said a full toolbox is no more useful to him than a mostly empty toolbox, because he doesn't know how to use all the extra tools, and that he'd probably not even open a full toolbox. I don't think he was joking.

I'm currently hoping and hyping on behalf of Mikayla Coombs as a PG until she proves me wrong. Bent hasn't shown me magic at either guard position, and Gordon and AEH don't have PG handling skills.
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PostPosted: 11/10/17 12:25 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

2018 #1 Christyn Williams signed with UConn a few minutes ago.

https://www.pscp.tv/w/1rmGPOBdVyXKN

http://www.espn.com/espnw/sports/article/21355082/no-1-prospect-christyn-williams-signs-connecticut-huskies
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cthskzfn wrote:
Glad to see the only worthy PG start.


If Dangerfield is the only worthy PG, we'll probably see only a seven player rotation in big/close/contested games, assuming there are any.

Did you hear what Geno said about having a full bench? He said it was a mixed blessing, and compared it to having a full tool box at home. He then said a full toolbox is no more useful to him than a mostly empty toolbox, because he doesn't know how to use all the extra tools, and that he'd probably not even open a full toolbox. I don't think he was joking.

I'm currently hoping and hyping on behalf of Mikayla Coombs as a PG until she proves me wrong. Bent hasn't shown me magic at either guard position, and Gordon and AEH don't have PG handling skills.




I hope Coombs (and all the frosh) become great Huskies.

Re the toolbox bit, I understand problems can arise from having a long, capable bench. I'd rather have two tools too many than two too few.



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PostPosted: 11/13/17 11:20 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Interesting Geno interview covering Christyn Williams, intensity and cockiness in players, recruiting in general now and then, the real America, okey-dokey, cheating, KLS, how it will be more difficult this season for KLS and Collier:

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PostPosted: 11/13/17 4:51 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

ONO's announcement announcement:

https://twitter.com/OliviaKNelson/status/929875653763010560
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Some comments on the excessive Azurá Stevens hype coming out of ESPN and Connecticut. Stevens is a very good player who may become even better at UConn, but some of the hype about her is too premature and over the top.

Let's start with this hagiography by Graham Hays:

Is Azurá Stevens the best Husky of them all?

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Now a roster that features three returning All-Americans (Napheesa Collier, Katie Lou Samuelson Gabby Williams) and a Canadian Olympian (Kia Nurse) includes a 6-foot-6 player with a soft touch and the potential to be the best of them all. The best in Storrs, Connecticut. The best in America.


Sorry, Mr. Hays, but Azurá Stevens has done nothing yet in high school or college that proves her worthy of carrying A'ja Wilson's sandals.

In high school, no one evaluated Stevens as a top star. She was ranked: No. 57 (Prospect Nation), No. 55 (Blue Star), No. 27 (ASGR), No. 23 (Girls Basketball Report/HoopGurlz). These rankings fall far, far short of the Oort Cloud #1 ranking heights of A'ja Wilson or, at different times in different services, Stevens' own teammates, Katie Lou Samuelson, Gabby Williams, Crystal Dangerfield and Megan Walker, or the #5 ranking of Napheesa Collier. Did all these high school rankers miss the fact that Stevens was the best player in America?

What has Stevens done in college? She scored a nice but not eye-popping 938 points in two years at Duke, on teams that compiled a mediocre two-year record of 19-13 in the ACC. Then she sat for a year at UConn.

So, let's not burden the beginning of Stevens' UConn career with the unsupportable label of "best player in America". That said, if she's played intelligently and plays intelligently, and gets the minutes, it wouldn't surprise me if Stevens' height and skills allow her to score more than one or both of her much shorter post-playing teammates, Collier and Williams. But, even if so, that still wouldn't make her better than A'ja Wilson.
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PostPosted: 11/15/17 2:17 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

ONO announcement live video stream:

http://esenetworks.com/live-event.aspx?id=4566&live-event-id=158060
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PostPosted: 11/15/17 2:27 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

UCONO . . . as expected . . . which is why she was always in this thread.
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Laughing careful Glenn a certain poster may start ripping on her as you gave her a nickname with Uconn in it or maybe that's just white kids 😉


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Olivia Nelson-Ododa announcement PHOTO

Now that UConn has signed #1 Christyn Williams at guard, whom Geno has called the best high school player in America, and Olivia Nelson-Ododa, who was the former #1 before injuring her ACL and who is the best 6-4 high school player in America, UConn fans on Wooster Street in New Haven are already reported to be lamenting the tedious team they will have to endure this season until they can get to the exciting team of next season.
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GlennMacGrady wrote:
Olivia Nelson-Ododa announcement PHOTO

Now that UConn has signed #1 Christyn Williams at guard, whom Geno has called the best high school player in America, and Olivia Nelson-Ododa, who was the former #1 before injuring her ACL and who is the best 6-4 high school player in America, UConn fans on Wooster Street in New Haven are already reported to be lamenting the tedious team they will have to endure this season until they can get to the exciting team of next season.
But there are at least two restaurants where they can find an interim cure if not to satisfy their seemingly rapacious appetite with arguably the best pizza in the world.



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Oldfandepot2 wrote:
GlennMacGrady wrote:
Olivia Nelson-Ododa announcement PHOTO

Now that UConn has signed #1 Christyn Williams at guard, whom Geno has called the best high school player in America, and Olivia Nelson-Ododa, who was the former #1 before injuring her ACL and who is the best 6-4 high school player in America, UConn fans on Wooster Street in New Haven are already reported to be lamenting the tedious team they will have to endure this season until they can get to the exciting team of next season.
But there are at least two restaurants where they can find an interim cure if not to satisfy their rapacious appetite with arguably the best pizza in the world.


No fooling the apizza lovers.

Now if you also love the taste of tea leaves, note that in the video of Geno I posted above, at about 9:05, he said he was waiting on "one more" recruit in the fall after Christyn Williams AND there "could be more down the road, who knows, in the springtime". I don't think I've ever heard Geno even suggest he might have a spring recruit. Who is it? Only Frank, Sally and the Shadow know.
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GlennMacGrady wrote:
Oldfandepot2 wrote:
GlennMacGrady wrote:
Olivia Nelson-Ododa announcement PHOTO

Now that UConn has signed #1 Christyn Williams at guard, whom Geno has called the best high school player in America, and Olivia Nelson-Ododa, who was the former #1 before injuring her ACL and who is the best 6-4 high school player in America, UConn fans on Wooster Street in New Haven are already reported to be lamenting the tedious team they will have to endure this season until they can get to the exciting team of next season.
But there are at least two restaurants where they can find an interim cure if not to satisfy their rapacious appetite with arguably the best pizza in the world.


No fooling the apizza lovers.

Now if you also love the taste of tea leaves, note that in the video of Geno I posted above, at about 9:05, he said he was waiting on "one more" recruit in the fall after Christyn Williams AND there "could be more down the road, who knows, in the springtime". I don't think I've ever heard Geno even suggest he might have a spring recruit. Who is it? Only Frank, Sally and the Shadow know.
Very Happy Heard tell we are the last state to use that word, if not generation, apizza.



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GlennMacGrady wrote:
Oldfandepot2 wrote:
GlennMacGrady wrote:
Olivia Nelson-Ododa announcement PHOTO

Now that UConn has signed #1 Christyn Williams at guard, whom Geno has called the best high school player in America, and Olivia Nelson-Ododa, who was the former #1 before injuring her ACL and who is the best 6-4 high school player in America, UConn fans on Wooster Street in New Haven are already reported to be lamenting the tedious team they will have to endure this season until they can get to the exciting team of next season.
But there are at least two restaurants where they can find an interim cure if not to satisfy their rapacious appetite with arguably the best pizza in the world.


No fooling the apizza lovers.

Now if you also love the taste of tea leaves, note that in the video of Geno I posted above, at about 9:05, he said he was waiting on "one more" recruit in the fall after Christyn Williams AND there "could be more down the road, who knows, in the springtime". I don't think I've ever heard Geno even suggest he might have a spring recruit. Who is it? Only Frank, Sally and the Shadow know.


Ezi Magbegor the Australian basketball player.
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Where’s Ridor who keeps saying that the Huskies won’t get any top recruits because no one wants to play in a horrible conference like the AAC? No where, that’s where. Laughing


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Someone interpret Geno's aimless Middle America wanderings for me, please.



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Someone interpret Geno's aimless Middle America wanderings for me, please.


I can't except to relate a story my brother told to me. He played on the Georgetown golf team and they played in a multi-school tournament in SW Virginia. As they got to the vicinity of the site he noticed that many of the road signs reminded him of something and suddenly he realized it was the old Andy Griffith/Ron Howard show Mayberry RFD. Lots of the same towns (except Mayberry itself) and as he discovered, a lot of the same type of "down home" folks. He described it as surreal after living in DC. I expect Geno experienced the same feeling. I got a similar feeling in the Caribbean and Yucatan. People aren't in a hurry to do anything. It takes a couple of days to adjust to a different pace to life. For a guy like Geno who likely has a structured day of activity most every day surrounded by overachievers, that can be a shock to the system.




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UConn is still hopeful of putting together an official visit for 18-year-old Australian Eziyoda Magbegor during the season. A 6-4 forward, she is in her rookie season with the Canberra Capitals of Australia’s Women’s National Basketball League.

http://www.newbritainherald.com/NBH-General+Sports/312362/uconn-womens-basketball-lands-top5-recruit-nelsonododa
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cthskzfn wrote:
Someone interpret Geno's aimless Middle America wanderings for me, please.


I can't except to relate a story my brother told to me. He played on the Georgetown golf team and they played in a multi-school tournament in SW Virginia. As they got to the vicinity of the site he noticed that many of the road signs reminded him of something and suddenly he realized it was the old Andy Griffith/Ron Howard show Mayberry RFD. Lots of the same towns (except Mayberry itself) and as he discovered, a lot of the same type of "down home" folks. He described it as surreal after living in DC. I expect Geno experienced the same feeling. I got a similar feeling in the Caribbean and Yucatan. People aren't in a hurry to do anything. It takes a couple of days to adjust to a different pace to life. For a guy like Geno who likely has a structured day of activity most every day surrounded by overachievers, that can be a shock to the system.


I loved his hemming and hawing, trying to find the words to be PC about the trip. Really cute! okie dokie.



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Someone interpret Geno's aimless Middle America wanderings for me, please.


I can't except to relate a story my brother told to me. He played on the Georgetown golf team and they played in a multi-school tournament in SW Virginia. As they got to the vicinity of the site he noticed that many of the road signs reminded him of something and suddenly he realized it was the old Andy Griffith/Ron Howard show Mayberry RFD. Lots of the same towns (except Mayberry itself) and as he discovered, a lot of the same type of "down home" folks. He described it as surreal after living in DC. I expect Geno experienced the same feeling. I got a similar feeling in the Caribbean and Yucatan. People aren't in a hurry to do anything. It takes a couple of days to adjust to a different pace to life. For a guy like Geno who likely has a structured day of activity most every day surrounded by overachievers, that can be a shock to the system.


I loved his hemming and hawing, trying to find the words to be PC about the trip. Really cute! okie dokie.



It was the hemming and hawing, which seemed to be an attempt to avoid saying something derogatory- you call it being PC- which interested me the most.

I've experienced the "Mayberry" effect many times. I drove into Billings, Montana in 1998 and felt like I was in 1965. No chain stores. Cars parked on Main St windows down. Friendly folks who said hi walking down the sidewalk.

Geno's take reminded me of those Budweiser(?) ads- everybody says "how ya doin'?" to each other, not really meaning it or wanting/expecting a reply, but there's an old guy from "Middle America" who actually answers the question, in great detail, much to everyone else's chagrin. It felt like Geno was one of the city slickers trying hard not to bust the old guy's balls.



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<iframe width="640" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/f7yn4o4XhKM" frameborder="0" gesture="media" allowfullscreen></iframe>

I just noticed in this video I posted above that the first few plays show 6-4 Ezi Magbegor (13) scoring a layup around ONO (9), shooting over 6-3 Janelle Bailey (14) in the low post, and stuff blocking 6-1 Maya Dodson (8).

This was a game in which Australia beat the USA in the U17 semifinals, 73-60, and then went on to win the tournament, for which Magbegor won the MVP award. Magbegor had 10 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks in 25 minutes against the US. ONO had 17 points, 10 rebounds and 1 block in 26 minutes in the game. Charli Collier played only two minutes and didn't score.

If UConn could get Magbegor in the spring of 2018 and then 6-4 Aliyah Boston of Worcester, MA, in 2019, a known recruiting target, they would possibly have the most athletic 6-4 triplet ever to soar over the maple.

To dream further, if UConn also got the 6-4 dunking phenom out of Canada in 2019, Laeticia Amihere . . . well, maybe balancing minutes for that quartet would be a nightmare.
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No. 1 UConn routs No. 5 UCLA 78-60 for 39th road win in row

Is this headline true? Disingenuous? Equivocation? Hypertechnical?
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Easy answer YES. Wasn't impressed with UCLA, thought they would be better and wasn't impressed with their in game coaching. So many lapses. Uconn also looked out of sorts which granted they are missing a major piece, but some will have to temper their adulation of a player who was put on a pedi before she even played a second for Uconn. Maybe now people realize how different it is playing for Geno and Uconn.


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bballjunkie wrote:
Easy answer YES.


Yes, to what? My question isn't focused on the word "routs" but on something else.
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Sorry, YES to disingenuous.


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PostPosted: 11/30/17 4:52 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

It seems to me that Gabby has adjusted well to having Azura in the middle, but my feeling is that it has thrown Collier off her game. And I think Azura still looks a bit lost out there. My strategy against the Huskies would be to let Azura hoist threes. Smile And if she's in the lane, play hack A-Zura. She really hasn't shown much shooting touch this year. In fact, a great many of the shots she has made have been courtesy of great passing - mostly from Gabby or Dangerfield. I would tell my defender on Azura to not follow her out of the key but stay in there to protect against the cutters.

Just curious what UConn fans think about it. So far it hasn't mattered much as you continue to roll even without KLS. But viewing as an outsider, it just looks like things aren't running as smoothly as we're used to seeing.



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It seems to me that Gabby has adjusted well to having Azura in the middle, but my feeling is that it has thrown Collier off her game. And I think Azura still looks a bit lost out there. My strategy against the Huskies would be to let Azura hoist threes. Smile And if she's in the lane, play hack A-Zura. She really hasn't shown much shooting touch this year. In fact, a great many of the shots she has made have been courtesy of great passing - mostly from Gabby or Dangerfield. I would tell my defender on Azura to not follow her out of the key but stay in there to protect against the cutters.

Just curious what UConn fans think about it. So far it hasn't mattered much as you continue to roll even without KLS. But viewing as an outsider, it just looks like things aren't running as smoothly as we're used to seeing.


Stevens has taken about 3 three's a game so it's not like she's gunning from behind the arc. And I don't expect to see her taking many 3's Sunday. While her shooting from 3 has been poor at UConn, she hit about 35% her second year at Duke when she averaged about two 3's/gm. I see her scoring more inside against Notre Dame, some of which will be putbacks of misses. Stevens is a 72% shooter from 2pt range this season and a lot of those were transition points. I don't see Shepard keeping up to Azura in a race down the floor. I thought that Vaughan would be a better choice despite the height difference and without her Notre Dame will have problems. Stevens, Collier and Williams all have excellent low post games and unless the Irish play a zone one of them will have a missmatch inside.
UConn has been having Williams and Collier driving the lanes more this year and they tend to foul. I expect to see Notre Dame attempting to draw charging calls. I expect some heated exchanges on the game thread on Sunday with words like "flop" entering the discussion. Very Happy I also noticed that Nelson picked up 4 fouls in 7 minutes of play last night. I could see her trying to trade fouls with UConn's front line, and hopefully putting one or two of them on the bench.

As far as how things are running I think a lot of that is due in large to expectations of perfection. I think UConn's defense, which has been maligned over 4th period sloppiness, has been outstanding in the 1st halves this year.


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PostPosted: 12/01/17 5:55 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

myrtle wrote:
It seems to me that Gabby has adjusted well to having Azura in the middle, but my feeling is that it has thrown Collier off her game. And I think Azura still looks a bit lost out there. My strategy against the Huskies would be to let Azura hoist threes. Smile And if she's in the lane, play hack A-Zura. She really hasn't shown much shooting touch this year. In fact, a great many of the shots she has made have been courtesy of great passing - mostly from Gabby or Dangerfield. I would tell my defender on Azura to not follow her out of the key but stay in there to protect against the cutters.

Just curious what UConn fans think about it. So far it hasn't mattered much as you continue to roll even without KLS. But viewing as an outsider, it just looks like things aren't running as smoothly as we're used to seeing.


With regard to Azura, Geno stated two things, she is being coached to take advantage of her height and quickness and therefore go inside more rather than playing the high post or camp on the perimeter. Second he said that since she came to UCONN last year the focus has been to teach her to move without the ball, especially within his read and react system.

Geno also told both Samuelson and Collier that this would be a much tougher year for them as they would be the prime targets of other teams defensive schemes. Before she was hurt, Samuelson showed she understood and has adjusted to this attention. Collier has not.



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PostPosted: 12/16/17 2:12 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Transferred UConn player Natalie Butler is dominating the nation with 164 total rebounds compared to second place Stephanie Mavunga's 145. Maybe Geno should have given her more minutes on last season's steamroller. He could have used her big body against Notre Dame.

Scoring is so balanced on UConn that it's hard to see three of the players making first team AA, especially on the five player AP team. It may be hard to see two or even one on the AP team -- as of right now. Collier has come down in scoring and way, way down from last season in FG% and efficiency, Samuelson has only played four games, and Williams is 6th on the team in both PPG and efficiency. Meanwhile, Nurse and Dangerfield have been playing better than last season, and newcomer Stevens has put up good numbers (except from her set shot line). If no player really stands out, it will be hard to determine who deserves an AA accolade.
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