Our freshmen are exciting and flat out can play. Donovyn with zero turnovers? Are you kidding me? That stat alone is amazing given how up in her grill she was defended by a very quick team. Dominka has been the greatest surprise in the 2 games thus far. Our freshmen are fast and push the ball very well in transition. Kennedie will join the cause when she gets a few more minutes as she is very quick as well.
I love the way Lily is playing. Lily is steady Eddy. Coach can count on Lily. Her 6'2" frame on the perimeter is very difficult to shoot over and Lily is a heady defender. We will get better and it was pointed out that we have a deep bench and coach has the ability to play match up with our opposition. Coach did do right by playing the right players coming out in the 2nd half. Hopefully our free throw shooting will improve in the next contest.
It is not mathematically impossible, by any means, for our free throw percentage to not improve, but the only way I envision it could worsen is if we cloned 5 Wilt Chamberlains and they each played 40 minutes.
Based on this game I would look for both DH and DP to be starting against 'nova---they both showed elite quickness and good court savvy way beyond freshman level. And having these 2 in the starting lineup should prevent the slow starts like tonight and many times last year!
I didn't notice anything physical during the live stream but I had recorded the live stream to my computer so I went back and looked at the play and during the scramble for the ball RB inadvertently pushed the APG player out of her way and she didn't take kindly to it and went after RB and gave her a quick shove in the shoulder area and also mouthed off to RB. The T was called because of the shove to RB. My sound was not working on the stream so what I didn't understand was why we got 4 FT's on the T---2 by RB and then 2 by Lily. Was there a 2nd T called for the mouthing off or maybe on the coach---anyone know?
There we go then.
According to the stats there was only the one technical foul.
I believe a personal foul was called, and then the T. Raegan was the one fouled, so she shot 2, Lily shot the 2 for the T, then our ball out of bounds.
It's just one game, with a couple exhibitions under their belt but here's some early thoughts. Beavs have a lot of talent, but don't play well as a team yet. I think it will take a while to find out which players work best together to form that team. That is what the non-conference season is all about, so playing 11 tonight was a good thing. I think we need to remember that the Beavs lost 4 starters, and the two players who handled the ball the most from last season (Bendu, Noelle, Jelena and Shalexxus). Nor do they play defense until they get in trouble. I would feel a lot better if they came out playing aggressive defense from the start. This seems to be a hangover from the last few seasons, and a bit surprising since Coach is so big on defense. AJ may have still been playing on a sore ankle, so I can only hope she will be more productive as the season goes along. Timea has all the talent in the world, but doesn't seem ready for prime-time yet. I don't think we will see her full potential until she gets a lot more minutes. Non-conference season is the time to get those minutes. There were a lot of missed shots right around the basket tonight. I hope that was more first game jitters and not a sign of bad shooting. The Dom and Dono show was fun tonight. I've said all along that the freshman class was underrated, and it looks like they are a great follow up class to last season's freshman group. Dom continues to look like Mik, and I want to see more of her this season. I don't know if Dono is ready to go against Pac-12 talent, but I think she'll hold up pretty well. There is certainly a bright future within her reach.
Not sure I completely agree here....I thought certain lineups played really well together. I think it will be up to Rueck to figure out which players work best together and I thought he did a really good job this time. It's one game but I'm already gonna say Hunter and Paurova are upgrades. Hunter is especially key as the point guard, a bona fide point that can handle pressure, make good passes and score. I thought Timea played pretty well with the exception of the four turnovers. Pretty confident she'll be a big part of any success this team has this season. Agree on the missed shots and there were plenty of open looks from outside as well that weren't dropping early on. Beers got going in the second half and made a bunch around the basket. I think Dom is more like a (probably) quicker Sydney Wiese as far as how she takes the ball to the hoop...more of a slasher that can slip past defenders...not so much the power of a Mik...seen others compare her to Mik and I'm not sure I see it all that much.
I still believe TVO can be an offensive machine---Coach needs to draw up some plays specifically tailored for her strengths of catch and shoot the 3 or fake the shot and drive to the hoop to get her going!
Believe you're right. This team isn't going anywhere unless Talia goes back to being Talia. Need to get her back to being a huge part of the offense, and the sooner the better.
That's the thing...is Talia going to go back to being Talia. What role is she going to have on this team? Are the Beavers better off with TVO handling the ball at the top of the key all the time or with Hunter running the point and getting the Beavers into the offense? (I.E. not handing the ball off to TVO once Hunter brings the ball down the court). If the ball does not go through TVO, it will cut way down on her chances to drive to the hoop. That leaves her as mostly an outside shooter. What about playing time for Paurova? Or Blacklock? Or Hansford? Maybe it's just up to TVO to figure out how to thrive in a new role.
Every year the coach plays the new players at the beginning of the season to see what they can do, and people worry that the vets are hurt or the coach doesn't believe in them any more etc. This year it appears that the vets are turtles and had to be replaced with quicker players.
This team seems to have bought into the team rebounding concept that has been missing in the last couple of years and is vital to the defensive success.
TvO will play more minutes. I like the fact that TvO is team first and realizes that OSU coaching staff needs to quickly find out which of the newcomers will be playing minutes with her on the floor. I suspect our next game on Sunday will be a completely different match up, and TvO will play more than 15 minutes. Villanova plays University of Portland Friday, and then OSU on Sunday. UoP is a decent team, so it will be interesting to see the outcome of that game. Also will be interesting to see how Arkansas Pine Bluff vs UO turns out.
Right now it’s about getting everyone playing time and seeing who works well together . It’s obvious the young freshmen backcourt are going to really inject some much needed talent into the back court. Of course TVO will get her minutes,but the frosh back court due will add some things we have been missing the past couple years. Color me optimistic for a tournament bid this season in a tough league.
I'm not that surprised to see Dom perform this well, remember she played at all levels for the Czech national team including the senior team, youngest on the team at age 18. She played a year after HS at DME academy in Florida. She played AAU ball in the US. Not your average freshman, although we've seen players with tons of experience disappoint massively too once they arrived in D1 so...glad she is as good or better than expected.
I was impressed after she hit the floor hard with her head, and shook it off quickly, it was tough to re-watch.
As Rmancarl reminded us, this freshman class was under-rated probably.