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carney2

Any Thoughts On The Upcoming Season?

When we last considered this team I think we had two preliminary conclusions:

1.  Without serious and immediate back court help from the freshman class, we are in serious jeopardy of squandering our front court advantages.

2.  Late in the 2011-2012 season there were indications that Nolan had lost the team.

Any corrections or additions to this?

Any word on how the freshmen look?

Any thoughts on the upcoming season?
Xboreturns

I could post some good news but I'm sure it would disappoiunt you so I won't bother.
edmc2416

Xboreturns wrote:
I could post some good news but I'm sure it would disappoiunt you so I won't bother.


What kind of a post is this?  xrbor is becoming a mystery man!
Lafalum

I like what Dianne is putting together. I understand they have worked all summer on improving their outside shooting.
The Maroon

Re: Any Thoughts On The Upcoming Season?

carney2 wrote:
When we last considered this team I think we had two preliminary conclusions:

1.  Without serious and immediate back court help from the freshman class, we are in serious jeopardy of squandering our front court advantages.

2.  Late in the 2011-2012 season there were indications that Nolan had lost the team.

Any corrections or additions to this?

Any word on how the freshmen look?

Any thoughts on the upcoming season?


It certainly appeared from my limited vantage point she had lost the team. Inattention in time outs, lack of spirit from the bench and grumbling from parents that led me to believe we were going to lose at least one player in the offseason. Most importantl a team that showed some flashes of promise going 6-9 early on finished 8-21.

Last season teams took 56% more 3-pointers and made 66% more of them. Obviously we didn't take as many because we couldn't make as many. Her ESPN profile says that  Where O'Hare excels is with the shot, which is delivered the same way, whether launched on a pull-up or from beyond the 3-point arc. When off the ball, she has great preparation for her shot, with her feet correct and hands up for reception.

That's a start. But it's not enough.  College players are quick enough that they can fade to one player without losing much. We need at least a couple of players to be functional from 3. Use Pat Riley's 10 percent rule that if each of them is 10% better from 3 we should be OK. I  hope what Lafalum says is true and the girls were shooting it up over the Summer.

Homan's as good a player as we have had in recent memory. But don't get too caught up in the rookie of the year award. It's a fair bet that some other PL teams - that didn't go 2-12 in the league - had some pretty good frosh on their bench. But make no mistake...She's legit.

We asked a hell of a lot out of Freeland last year and her minutes were all over hell. The pressure is on her even more as there's no clear backup. She drove the lane a lot hoping to draw enough players to dish - which l is obviously what PG's do - but the lane was clogged most of the time (that's where your lack of outside shooting comes in) and she didn't have much she could do. So at times we resorted to the lob to Danielle offense - which looked kind of silly even when we did score.

Ahhhh Danielle...She'll continue to do what she's done since she rolled in. Play hard as hell, block shots, get boards and score around 10 PPG. I'm very high on her - I got tired of watching our centers avoid mixing it up and she works hard as hell. I realize she can't fly down the court - if she could she'd be on Geno's team in Storrs, CT - but I've never seen anything less than 100% out of her.

The problem is team identity. Homan and Fiacco aren't built for speed but a lot of our team is. Some of these girls are clearly uncomfortable in the half-court offense and zone defense and want to pressure the ball run the floor and get transition points. I suspect (hope) that we can find balance between the two.

This is year 3 in the Diane Nolan experiment. Let's face it, year one she had Tammy's players - and solid ones at that. The step back in year 2 was understandable and I didn't get caught up in it - but now she's got to show she's got things moving in the right direction. Tammy went 1-27 in year 3. In retrospect that probably should have been it. It's encouraging that her first set of recruits - this years sophomore class - included players as Freeland and Homan not to mention very promising players such as Peabody and Macklin. If this years class is at that same level - and we shouldn't have to rely on them as much - we will be in pretty good shape.
The Maroon

Very surprised to see that O'Hare is starting at pg in the opener. That's the one position I would avoid starting a frosh at if I could.

http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/l...ette_college_womens_baske_16.html

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