Our women's basketball team got to bask in the warmth of Western Mexico while the snow and cold hit Indiana. It was a tall task, literally, to play against Stanford. We hung in there most of the game, until Stanford put it away in the last 6 minutes. Chiney Ogwumike sat out for almost 11 minutes in the first half, but asserted herself as expected after halftime. Our two and three point jumpers just weren't falling for stretches of the game. Torrie Thornton had her best game, once again showing that you just never know in a game who is going to step it up.
Two days later we played a tall and athletic team in TCU. It was close until our three point shooting took off led by Courtney Moses. It got contagious to our freshmen and we were able to pull out a quality win. KK Houser had a rare scoreless game, but she contributed in other ways with assists, rebounds, and steals. Ashley Morrissette once again came in and played with poise and knocked down shots just when we needed them. Bridget Perry also made some timely plays. If other teams didn't know any better, they might not be able to pick out who are the freshmen on this team.
A few things we learned: This is truly an unselfish team. They are really learning to find the hot hand and keep feeding it to them. It is also a very flexible team. Several players have shown that they can play down low or outside. Dee Dee Williams, Torrie Thornton, and Bridget Perry especially have been all over the court, both on offense and defense. We are getting our turnovers under control to a degree, playing at about a 1.0 assist to turnover ratio, and winning the turnover battle most of the games. This is a big step forward. We are also learning how to rebound by committee to replace somewhat the play of Sam Ostarello who was a rebounding machine. Our post players are getting valuable experience and they continue to improve.
We really have a tall order next at Duke. It would take a near flawless game to win, but look for us to play hard and continue to make strides. Tough games like that are good for preparing us for conference and tournament play.
I liked what our play by play announcer said about Morrissette, that she is as cool as the other side of the pillow. As a true combo guard, what a great complement to our other guards. Coach V can get quality point guard play out of Houser, Wilson, or Morrissette, and all three are excellent shooters as well. Wilson started the season slow but heated up against TCU.
Looking forward to being able to watch a lot of televised or video streamed games this year. Too bad the Duke game won't be one of them.