*Poll voters: Pay. A.tten.tion!*
So, no, I wouldn’t have picked Duke over #3 South Carolina (and you wouldn’t have either!), but I’ll take credit for asking “Are the Blue Devils flying under the radar, or…” But, honestly, REALLY? 74-63 Blue Devils? Her stellar play earned Rebecca Greenwell POW honors. I’m sorry Orin’s not writing about it.
South Carolina knew offense sells tickets. Attendance at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Sunday was 6,036, most of which were wearing garnet and black.
But defense wins championships – which is what Duke felt like it won by upsetting the No. 3 Gamecocks 74-63.
“We were undisciplined. That’s what it’s called,” USC coach Dawn Staley said. “We knew coming into this season that we would take a hit defensively. And sometimes when you’re winning, and you’re beating top-ranked teams, you can’t give that lesson to your players because they just think, ‘Hey, we’re winning! We’re doing it the right way.’
Equally, “What… WHAT?!?!” Oral Roberts – which has, in the past, had some strong teams… in the Summitt. BUT they get an 18-0 run v #12 Oklahoma for the win? This is the ORU team has four losses – Iowa by 20, Northwestern by 9, Kansas by 8, UALR by 6. Guess the law of diminishing margins added up to their 7-point win over the Sooners.
“We’re just really appreciative of Coach Coale allowing us to come down and play,” ORU coach Misti Cussen said. “I think that is the biggest thing, just having that opportunity to come down here and experience women’s basketball here at the University of Oklahoma. To play an in-state team was really exciting for us. Obviously, it was a huge win for us, and a big moment.”
In the beginning, #14 Texas’ trees and speedy guards gave #2 UConn fits. Then Geno *sorta* gave them a pep talk, Natalie Butler came in and plugged up the middle and Napheesa Collier was unstoppable. Huskies win, 72-54. Same story for Texas:
“I thought they competed better, competed a little longer than we did on possession and were just a little tougher than we were,” Aston said. “We’ve got to fix ourselves in several areas in the next few weeks.”
“We talked all about toughness,” Meier said about her locker room pep talk.
“Back when Miami was terrible, we got good because we were gritty. Now that’s Old Dominion. They’re at that phase where we were. Every ball matters to them. We came in … yeah, it was a trap game, but it’s so soft to say that. To give that excuse. We just didn’t feel like being tough until the start of the second half.”
“Maybe I think we’re more talented than we are,” [Warlick] said. “Talented or not, you have to play hard. It has nothing to do with talent. It’s respecting the game and right now, we are not respecting the game. It’s not about Lady Vol basketball; it’s about the game. This game is meant to be played as hard as you can. You have to be mentally tough and you have to compete. If you don’t do that, then you’re going to get beat by whatever we got beat by.”
*No jinx, no jinx, no jinx*
South Florida‘s undefeated.
Oklahoma State stayed undefeated courtesy of their win over Georgia, 71-51.
Buffalo’s undefeated. It’s their best start to a season since 2000-01 when UB started out 8-0 and was receiving votes in the top-25 polls.
Cal is undefeated.
Boise is undefeated – and they beat Washington State to stay so.
So the Hatters have moved to 6-1. Not sure what competition they’ve really faced, (Chattanooga tonight) but they do get USF on the 30th.
Yes, it was wicked ugly – but for William & Mary a win is a win, thankyouverymuch.
BTW: San Francisco, Loyola-Chicago, Nebraska and UNC are stories that all deserve follow ups by sports journalists.
Re: Jeff Walz’s rant. Honestly, I call bullish*t. Point fingers at players you recruited, demand new arenas and sweet gear, talk about the good old days, pretend that “the real world” isn’t full of folks who should be fired, kvetch about AAU but then get pissed when the kid you’ve made an appearance for only has one game ’cause they lost, then make sweeping generalizations about young people? Whatever it takes to motivate your team, I guess, but you don’t get any “truth teller” points from me.