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bradley 
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11-10-19 08:36 PM - Post#290543    

I understand that women's basketball is sometimes challenging to watch based on the style of play but if a Tiger fan wants to watch unbelievably sound fundamental BB, watch the 3rd qtr of today's game on ESPN+. The fundamentals utilized in playing team defensive was off the charts. Tigers got off to a very slow start, 4-14 and only up by 2 at half time but slammed the door shut again in the 3rd qtr similar to Rider. GW and Rider are good not great teams but each one has a good win against Penn State and Villanova.

Tigers have a 29 pt win differential. Bella has averaged playing 29 minutes a game with a 18pt-10 rebound average although teams are going all out to stop her.

Tigers have three incredibly challenging games in a row starting at Seton Hall, traditional power team in Big East and finish with Iowan at Iowa, final 8 team last year with returning players. If the Tigers win 1 out of 3, it will be successful but the Tigers have talent. Number 3 and 7 players are on the bench with injuries and probably will not be available.

Mitch might want to take a look at switching defense being employed by women.

 
rbg 
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11-11-19 09:19 AM - Post#290567    
    In response to bradley

GW's coach, Jen Rizzotti, had a pretty good summary of the Princeton effort.

https://www.gwhatchet.com/2019/11/11/princeton- tro...

- “Their guys came out with a killer mentality,” Rizzotti said. “And you could tell even though I tried to call two timeouts to staunch the bleeding, it was their level of intensity, defensively, went up, their toughness on offense went up, and we weren’t able to match that.” -

 
Bryan 
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Re: Women's BB
11-11-19 12:20 PM - Post#290583    
    In response to bradley

Bradley, are #3 and #7 players Meyers and Boyer?

 
rbg 
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11-11-19 01:05 PM - Post#290592    
    In response to Bryan

There are 16 players on the roster, 11 saw action in yesterday's game and 5 were on the bench in sweatsuits.

By process of elimination, I'm guessing the 5 not in action would be Meyers, Boyer, Nicole Young, Plank and Emsbo. Boyer played in part of the Rider game and the others did not play in either game.

Your guesses on #3 and 7 are probably correct.

Edited by rbg on 11-11-19 01:06 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
bradley 
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11-11-19 03:27 PM - Post#290622    
    In response to rbg

Agree but I forgot 6’3” Emsbo - back up to Bella - big body. Sister had a great freshmen year at Yale.

 
bradley 
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11-15-19 08:41 PM - Post#291159    
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Bella is out tonight -- OUCH!

 
TigerFan 
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11-15-19 10:00 PM - Post#291169    
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Tiger women up 3 after 3 quarters without Bella.

 
bradley 
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11-15-19 10:39 PM - Post#291171    
    In response to bradley

Simply a phenomenal win without Bella. Down by 10 pts in first half and in danger of getting blown out as Seton Hall made several 3 pt shots in a row. As Seton Hall announcers stated -- it was a "great basketball game". Tigers were fortunate that one of the top two SH players got injured in the 1st quarter.

Tigers had a 9 pt lead and almost blew it but stayed together.

It would have been a lot easier with Bella but it might help the women Tigers in the long run. Bella was apparently injured in the GW game. Hopefully, there are two teams in the NCAAW Tournament this year and Princeton and Penn or someone else does not have to rely on IvyMadness. This win should help the Tigers.

At this time, women play team ball unlike the men.

 
bradley 
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11-15-19 11:01 PM - Post#291172    
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After the poor performance against Kentucky last year, Littlefield has taken a big step forward this year. After a very strong game against GW, her line tonight was 19 pts, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Freshmen Mitchell helped fill in as a back to Bauer who was the sub for Bella.

It appears that Coach Berube is a good game coach.

Now, the Tigers really need Bella to get healthy -- did not hear what was the injury.

 
Tiger84 
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11-16-19 01:23 AM - Post#291176    
    In response to bradley

Sounds like Bella and a GW player banged knees last Sunday.

Note that she was not on crutches and appeared to be walking normally. Hopefully just a nasty bruise and she’s back soon.



 
bradley 
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11-16-19 06:30 PM - Post#291225    
    In response to Tiger84

Bella appeared to be walking around fine last Wednesday at the men's game so it was surprising that she did not play. Maybe, she nicked it up during a practice but it is a concern especially with the next two games on the schedule.

IL women are 16-9 non=conference including several big wins including Harvard over perennial power Cal. 7 of the 8 teams are 500 or better. Good performance by the league in non-conference will obviously help the cause for a 2 bid league so a team does not have to rely on IvyMadness alone.

Tomorrow's game against FGU may be as difficult as playing against Iowa which is hard to believe. FGU is really good and an upper class dominant team with several special players especially the PG Wingate.

At least, the game is at home and FGU does not have a lot of height but they can definitely rebound.

Bella is absolutely needed for this game and certainly Iowa which has considerable height. With the win against Seton Hall, they are at least playing with house money.

If somehow, they could win one of these two games, they will have positioned themselves coming off a very challenging schedule with three road games of the five.

 
rbg 
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11-16-19 08:48 PM - Post#291234    
    In response to bradley

A really impressive win last night.

Mel Greenberg wrote that Alarie suffered a hyper-extended knee during the GW game. He did not mention when she would return.

FGCU will be another challenging game. They were the top rated team in the ASUN.

Banghart seemed to want to challenge her team for the Ivy League with a tough non-conference schedule. Last year's schedule was so strong that Princeton was included in the last group of teams for an at-large bid if they did not win the Ivy Tournament.



 
bradley 
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11-17-19 02:14 PM - Post#291284    
    In response to rbg

Bella is playing today. Scored the first 7 points for the Tigers but was pulled after 5 minutes to get a rest.

Her shot blocking is definitely needed today. Has been a defensive struggle so far.

 
bradley 
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11-17-19 02:23 PM - Post#291286    
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Good start to 1st qtr - bad finish. Down 17-16. FGU quicker and ferocious but a ball game so far.

 
bradley 
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11-17-19 03:03 PM - Post#291289    
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Bella reactivated knee injury - did not play for the remainder of the second quarter.

Tigers are up by 10 thanks to great defense and Littlefield stepping up offensively when Bella is not in the game.

This game is far from over as it appears that Bella will not play in the 2nd half.

 
bradley 
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11-17-19 03:53 PM - Post#291292    
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FGU had 19 straight regular season wins prior to today's game. Alarie plays limited minutes with none in the second half. Littlefied gets injured in the 3rd qtr yet the Tigers dominant the entire second half with a 14 pt margin after leading by 19 pts.

Shutdown defense against a high scoring team.

Coach Berube seems to have these players focused and composed.

Very impressive!!!

Now off to Iowa probably w/o Allarie and Littlefied. They need to get healthy.

 
bradley 
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11-18-19 10:00 AM - Post#291333    
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Alarie played only 11 minutes with 7pts/2rb/2blocks and left the game with Tigers up by 4pts. Littlefield played 25 minutes before re-aggravating lower leg injury middle of 3rd qtr with 18pts/5rb/3assists with a 15pt lead. Without the two of them, remaining Tigers increased/held the lead. Why? - Combination of talent/depth and good coaching or perhaps some luck as FGU was ranked as #5 in mid-major prior to the game wit Tigers as #9.

Does Coach Berube rest both of them for the next two games which would probably mean 1 win and 1 loss? Concern is that these injuries appear to be easy to re-aggravate.

With both of them, the Tigers have an opportunity to win the Iowa game and get some recognition in the National Polls.

 
JadwinGeorge 
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11-18-19 10:10 AM - Post#291334    
    In response to bradley

Last week I watched UNC bomb Navy on ACC Network. Texted congrats to Coach B who replied "Thanks....my Tigers are loaded!" She left the cupboard stocked, for sure. That said, Berube has more than impressed with the way she has managed the transition. The lady is a winner who obviously gets everything her players have to give. Let's hope the Tigers don't have to play many games without Alarie and/or Littlefield, two locks for Ivy First Team status.

 
bradley 
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11-19-19 10:50 PM - Post#291662    
    In response to JadwinGeorge

  • JadwinGeorge Said:
Last week I watched UNC bomb Navy on ACC Network. Texted congrats to Coach B who replied "Thanks....my Tigers are loaded!" She left the cupboard stocked, for sure. That said, Berube has more than impressed with the way she has managed the transition. The lady is a winner who obviously gets everything her players have to give. Let's hope the Tigers don't have to play many games without Alarie and/or Littlefield, two locks for Ivy First Team status.




Courtney did an outstanding job of recruiting quality players and she is responsible for building a very strong program. Coach Berube has done an outstanding job so far building on the foundation by adding two additional elements - taking defense to another height as well as connecting with her players. On media day, you could tell the relationship that Carla has built with Bella and Littlefield. Littlefield's game has risen to another level and she now has two IL POW awards under her belt. She had a horrible game at the NCAA game against Kentucky last year but she has gotten quicker and even more tenacious.

Tigers are now ranked #33 in the country in the Coaches Poll and have moved up to #5 mid-majors. Penn has now also moved up to #12 from #17 in the mid-major poll.

Tomorrow night will probably pose insurmountable problems if Bella and Carlie can not play. For this game, they probably need both but at this point and time, who knows. Iowa graduated a great Center last year but they are very tough to beat at the Carver-Hawkeye arena and they have size and talent including a Pan Am teammate of Bella.

Tiger's 4 prior opponents now have a 10-1 record against all other teams other than the Tigers with several wins over quality opponents.


 
bradley 
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11-20-19 09:30 PM - Post#291827    
    In response to bradley

Tigers women are up by 10 a HT, 37-27. Carlie played only a few minutes although the bench has responded. Bella has 14pts, 3 rbs, 3 assists and 4 blocks and she is not on all cylinders.

2nd half will be tough with Littlefield.

 
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