The Lady Boilers upset #4-ranked and defending national champion Texas A&M at home today. I watched the game and while we were HORRIBLE in rebounding and was equally ATROCIOUS in taking care of the basketball, we play some suffocating defense in the second half that simply overwhelms the defending champ.
That all comes after Coach Versyp got a technical when KK Houser got called for a charge. Oh wow, Coach was *IRATE* and you can see her face all red and screaming and needs to be restrained by her assistant. But hey, that seems to wake up the Boilers and from that point on it was all Purdue. Our defense was smothering and forcing TOs after TOs after TOs. Maybe we need to see that in a coach some time.
In any case, it is a great win. Just imagine how good this team can be if Drey didn't tear her ACL. Still, just like we lost Hummel last year, we are not going to cry about what we don't have, but rather focus on what we can do with the players we do have.
One last thing, I don't usually blame the officials, so I am just gonna say, I am *VERY* surprised that we seem to have a home-court disadvantage. Even without counting the non-calls (oh Texas A&M played very aggressive D), I'd think the home team usually gets the benefit of 50-50 calls (e.g. is it a charge or a blocking foul?), but heck, we were losing AT LEAST 80% of the 50-50 calls! Oh well, it's a win so I am not going to complain too much.
BTW, our 2012 recruit Hayden Hamby's team beat another team 62-53 (http://highschoolsports.al.com/news/article/196297942605665228/west-morgan-62-priceville-53/). What's amazing is that she herself scores 52 pts!!!! That is, she almost matches the other team's scoring just by herself!!!! You'd think she must be like a Shaq and her team just throws the ball to her down low, but she's just a 5'7 PG!! Hayden won Miss Basketball of her state as a JUNIOR. I just don't understand why she is not getting the national attention, but in any case I am glad she is gonna join us next season. (BTW, also heard that she's like a 4.0 GPA and Class President and pretty much just an all-around person)