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Sunday, November 18, 2012

5 Days + 4 Games= Learning & Growing

So far this year's team has shown the ability to work, listen, and learn. It is great to get wins in November but the key to a successful season is to be the team who improves the most from November to January and then can take it to another level in the month of January. Growth is the key.

Playing four games in just five days forces us to react to a lot of different situations. This week we played vs. 1-2-2 zone, 2-3 zone, 1-3-1 zone, and man to man. We played vs. great guards and some very good post players. The more things you see, the more you have to work to adjust.

While our loss to Springfield was tough, it will hopefully make us stronger as we go along. Springfield combination of size, speed, and ball handling exposed some flaws in our pressure. I was pleased with our ability to make some adjustments at half time and then come out to cut the lead to 7 points. Today in our practice we had a chance to walk thru the adjustments we tried to make and then to put a different wrinkle into the press. All of these things make one feel like we have improved from the experience.

At this point, we are not quite as aggressive offensively as we will need to become. We are averaging 65 shots per game and 35 threes per game. It doesn't seem like a lot, but if we can get those numbers up to 75 shots and 40 threes, we will find it makes a huge difference in the tempo of our games.

Looking at the NBA stat of what does the team do when you are on the floor, Chloe Anderson is leading for us. When Chloe is on the floor, our team is a +28 vs. our opponents.

Defensively we have again be doing a good job of creating tempo and problems for the offense. We could not force turnovers vs. Springfield but in our other three games we forced an average of 32 turnovers. Sharron Diggins and Sabrina Clay have both been leading us in steals.

At this point we have had 5 different players score in double figures. 8 different players have scored 5 points of more. And 9 different players have hit three point shots. So at this point, we feel good about having a variety of players who are threats to score.

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