Didn't We Just Do This?

Purdue defeats UIndy 99-43

The Boilers rolled in their second exhibition game.  This will be a brief post, partly cause I have homework up to my eyes, and partly cause all I have to say is glorified "good job."  Box score is here.

Player of the Game: KK Houser - 21 Pts, 7-13 FG, 6-7 FT, 5 Ast, 3 Stl

KK played a good game today, keeping everyone involved and getting to the basket well.  She didn't dominate, but no one really did, as this was a team win.  Anytime that is true, the point guard deserves a fair amount of credit.  She also continued her solid free-throw shooting.

Game Balls: Brittany Rayburn - 22 Pts, 7-11 FG, 3-6 3PT, 5-6 FT, 4 Reb, 4 Stl

Brittany was her usual self, socring without consuming the offense and contributing on the boards.  She also came up with 4 steals, which in turn led to several fast breaks.  Her 3-point shot looked good all day today, and that will be key going forward, as the team is still without a designated shooter.

Courtney Moses - 9 Pts, 4-9 FG, 1-3 3PT, 5 Ast, 0 TO

Courtney gets the nod here over Anoinette's 15 based on the assists.  She played 26 minutes without a turnover, and played excellent defense as well.  She looks very comfortable at college speed, and has a sweet-looking jumper.  Coach mentioned in her postgame that Courtney may be the best shooter on the team, and everything I saw in warmups and on the court backs that up.  We could see more of her at the 2 than expected this year, if she keeps shooting it well and taking care of the ball.

Thoughts:

  •  The half-court offense looked good today.  We got into it a lot more, as opposed to the running game against Parkside.  We still ran, of course, but not so much that I didn't get a look at the half-court game.  In particular, our play around the rim was very good today.  We scored back-to-the-basket well, and our guards were finding the driving lanes.
  • Once again, we dominated the boards.  UIndy had more size than Parkside, but it didn't seem to make a difference.  We were attacking and securing loose balls, rather than batting them about (a pet peeve of mine).
  • 19 assists, 10 turnovers.  You're going to see this item a lot, as passing and ball security are two of my well-worn hobby horses.
  • 24 turnovers forced, 28% FG shooting against.  Excellent defense was played by all.

Final Analysis

This game was a good as it gets at this stage.  We were under control, we executed, and we knocked the other team off their game.  We passed well, we rebounded well, and we defended well.  Those three things will win you a lot of games.  Shooting comes and goes, but those three things won't.

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