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Colorado State 60 – Incarnate Word 37 (Women)

November 18, 2015

I suppose I should he happy.

After a long day at work, I got to see a solid victory by the Lady Rams.  I got to see Ellen Nystrom, the fabulous Swede, take over the game in the second quarter on her way to a 21-point game.  I got to see stifling team defense that held the visiting Cardinals scoreless for an 11-minute stretch over the course of the second and third quarters, breaking open a close game and making the final quarter a formality.

But there was something missing in this one.  I don’t know what is was but a pair of careless unforced turnovers by the Rams in the game’s first 30 seconds was a harbinger of uninspired, low energy effort on the offensive end of the floor. A pass to no one. A dribble to the other team.  And it finally culminated with a 10-second violation caused by a Ram guard walking the ball up the floor without any defensive pressure.

And when they weren’t turning the ball over, the Rams were taking poor shots and missing good ones at the rim.  The ball movement was inconsistent, the extra pass virtually non-existent. The starters were relegated to the bench early and the subs did no better. Only Emilie Hesseldal seemed interested as she garnered virtually every rebounding opportunity and avoided the turnover fest that plagued her teammates; Hesseldal finished the game with 12 rebounds, 4 assists, and 0 turnovers.

Finally, Nystrom grabbed the game by the throat midway through the second quarter and when she opened the second half with a beautiful lefty lay-up and followed it with a three-ball, they had run 16 straight to push their lead to 34-14.  The Rams weren’t going to lose but instead of settling down offensively, they threw some horrible passes and badly missed shots from the perimeter and at the free throw line.

On the positive side, this team doesnt let crummy offense affect their desire to play effective defense.  They held Incarnate Word to 30% shooting and forced 20 turnovers.  Many of the field goals the visitors made were highly contested.

On the negative side, they play sloppy and impassionately on the offensive end.  They rarely seem to get out of 2nd or 3rd gear.  Its a far cry from the offensive teams of the past two seasons.  Yes they are missing two talented all-conference guards.  But this team has a bunch of veterans and far greater depth and firepower than the teams before them.  They can be a lot better if they choose to be. 

One final thought…  Long-time rival Brigham Young University visits Moby on Saturday night.  The Lady Cougars are always a solid team.  They will be big, strong, and will make open shots.  Its a rematch of a game played in Provo last season when the Rams got absolutely smoked.  An offensive display like they put on against Incarnate Word will not get it done versus a far more talented BYU team.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Judge Smails permalink
    November 18, 2015 12:08 pm

    10 second violation? I thought they got rid of that in women’s basketball. Anyway, excited to take my daughter to the BYU game Saturday.

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