2023-2024 Women’s College Basketball

strek1

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That's alright they let Reese foul a bunch of times with no call so whatsoever. That wasn't a game changing call. Iowa was going to win anyway.
 

Senator Donut

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Being able to call four timeouts in the last minute is an all-time bad rule. NCAA men’s allows three in the second half, while the NBA only allows two in the last three minutes.
 

InstaFace

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My feeling was when Aubrey Griffin went down that was the last straw of injuries that would keep us from the final four. Paige is great but that made the available useful players so low that IMO it's a bridge too far now. Hoping for the best of course but thinking we're probably at the end of the road. Watching USC a number of times this year they are pretty darn good. Back in the day of beautiful "less contact" basketball you could do it but now that we have the "roller derby" style of physical play it's almost impossible to have any gas left in the tank to play an entire game. Let alone stay out of foul trouble. Heck you don't even have to committ real fouls, since the game is now too fast for the refs. Ask Edwards about that from her experience in the last game.

As an aside, Paige was exhausted at the end the last game because unlike Clark she actually applies a LOT of energy to her defensive game.
You know, I went and looked up the latest WNBA mock draft, and UConn seems to have three first-rounders on their roster (no other school has 2): they've got Edwards at #6, and Nika Muhl sneaks on at #12 now, aside from Bueckers who would go top-3 if she wasn't returning next year.

Say what you will about his injury luck finally running out, but Geno can still recruit like crazy.
 

strek1

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You know, I went and looked up the latest WNBA mock draft, and UConn seems to have three first-rounders on their roster (no other school has 2): they've got Edwards at #6, and Nika Muhl sneaks on at #12 now, aside from Bueckers who would go top-3 if she wasn't returning next year.

Say what you will about his injury luck finally running out, but Geno can still recruit like crazy.
I love Nika but if the WNBA drafts her it will be a miracle.
 

Sad Sam Jones

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You know, I went and looked up the latest WNBA mock draft, and UConn seems to have three first-rounders on their roster (no other school has 2): they've got Edwards at #6, and Nika Muhl sneaks on at #12 now, aside from Bueckers who would go top-3 if she wasn't returning next year.
So you're saying UConn has 3 first-rounders by projecting drafts beyond this year… and no other school has 2 – because you're ignoring future drafts for those schools? That's not how it works.
 

InstaFace

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So you're saying UConn has 3 first-rounders by projecting drafts beyond this year… and no other school has 2 – because you're ignoring future drafts for those schools? That's not how it works.
Fair, I'm no draft guy, just saying I may have underrated how UConn's depth compares to other elite squads.
 

joe dokes

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Geno looks and sounds like he's outgunned and knows it and cant believe its still close.
And says "fuckit. Gotta play the game"
 

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They scheduled the location and dates for this year's final 4 in 2018, pretty sure they weren't thinking about an eclipse happening 6 years later at the time
They should have, considering the last one was just a year earlier, in 2017, and that had the same massive numbers of people traveling to see it.
 

InstaFace

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Geno looks and sounds like he's outgunned and knows it and cant believe its still close.
Geno has 11 titles and on the merits of his teams' talent, probably deserves 6 or 7. The man knows a thing or two about how to coach a team that can steal a game they have no business winning.

I still think USC wins this but UConn has already made it interesting. All the fouls here do suggest a bit about how well UConn can contain USC's penetration dribbling though (i.e. not well)
 

joe dokes

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Geno has 11 titles and on the merits of his teams' talent, probably deserves 6 or 7. The man knows a thing or two about how to coach a team that can steal a game they have no business winning.
Agrred. Both can be true.
Hes playing with house money and knows it.
 

BaseballJones

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Geno has 11 titles and on the merits of his teams' talent, probably deserves 6 or 7. The man knows a thing or two about how to coach a team that can steal a game they have no business winning.

I still think USC wins this but UConn has already made it interesting. All the fouls here do suggest a bit about how well UConn can contain USC's penetration dribbling though (i.e. not well)
Obviously Geno is great but he’s had the best player in the country with Bird, Taurasi, Maya Moore, and Breanna Stewart. That’s like 8-9 titles just from those guys. He’s had enormous talent on the floor for his titles.

Foul trouble is going to catch up with UConn tonight. :-(
 

BaseballJones

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It feels so wrong saying it, but basically hoping they can get through this on Mystique and Aura.
Uconn does have two all Americans on the floor (Paige and Edwards) and a two time all conference player (Muhl). They have the ability to win this, but they can’t keep picking up stupid fouls.
 

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Uconn does have two all Americans on the floor (Paige and Edwards) and a two time all conference player (Muhl). They have the ability to win this, but they can’t keep picking up stupid fouls.
No I know, but the foul trouble like you said combined with razor thin bench, the second half is terrifying me. Absolutely critical that Aaliyah avoids an early 3rd foul.
 

BaseballJones

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No I know, but the foul trouble like you said combined with razor thin bench, the second half is terrifying me. Absolutely critical that Aaliyah avoids an early 3rd foul.
Yep agreed. That last foul on edwards was terrible and a killer.
 

BaseballJones

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You can't just play smart because the refs suck for the most part. Have to be lucky too.
Sadly that was incredibly stupid by Nika there. Literally nothing to gain on that and risked picking up her fourth, which is what happened. Soooooo dumb.
 

InstaFace

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Obviously Geno is great but he’s had the best player in the country with Bird, Taurasi, Maya Moore, and Breanna Stewart. That’s like 8-9 titles just from those guys. He’s had enormous talent on the floor for his titles.

Foul trouble is going to catch up with UConn tonight. :-(
Yes he's had stars, but I'm talking about having the best team in the country. For example, the Skylar Diggins era in Notre Dame ended title-less despite having the talent to beat UConn in the Final Four multiple times, and UConn getting them back in 2013, despite UConn starting "Freshman Breanna Stewart and a couple of teammates who owe their brief WNBA careers to Breanna Stewart" (UConn absolute had the best team and deserved to win in 2014 and 2016). I could go back and pick over the top 5 or 6 teams in those title years and argue that UConn had the best team in more than half of them, but definitely not all of them. The Maya Moore years were perhaps his most impressive run of coaching up a team, beyond Moore and the oft-injured Tina Charles he had nobody of note, and had back to back undefeated seasons. Dude is not just a recruiting wizard, he's a team-chemistry wizard. His teams win when they're supposed to, and plenty of times when they're not supposed to, too.

Kim Mulkey, much as I hate her, has the same quality. 2 of her 3 titles at Baylor were a "whole is greater than the sum of its parts" run of form (2005 and 2019; obviously the Peak Griner title in 2012 was far more expected).