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    Default OT-Future Opponent Stanford Looks Even Better Than Expected

    Way to early analysis, but our future opponent Stanford played team USA this past weekend. Here are some thoughts and a link to the write-up of the game from Mechelle Voepel of espnW.com:

    We shouldn't get too carried away the first week of November, right? Yet Stanford's performance Saturday against the U.S. women's national team was invigorating. The Cardinal set the bar high in a 95-80 loss, and now we'll soon get to see how the other two Pac-12 favorites do against the pros.

    Stanford led 20-15 after one quarter and hung tough throughout. Ten of the 13 Cardinal players who saw action scored. Senior guard DiJonai Carrington and junior guard Kiana Williams each scored 17 points. Forward Fran Belibi of the much-heralded freshman class started. The freshman who saw the most minutes was Ashten Prechtel, a 6-foot-5 forward who had four points and four rebounds in 21 minutes, 22 seconds on court.

    The No. 1 overall recruit according to espnW's HoopGurlz -- 6-1 guard Haley Jones -- had five points in 15˝ minutes. Sophomore guards Lexie and Lacie Hull combined for 18 points on 8 of 14 shooting.

    But few teams in the country look to have the kind of depth Stanford appears to have. Depth itself doesn't necessarily mean a long NCAA tournament run. Talent is by far the most important thing. We've seen teams coping with multiple injuries and little depth still be able to win the NCAA championship, such as Notre Dame in 2018. But if Stanford's depth is such that there won't be much, if any, drop-off when players are subbed in and out -- if the overall level is high -- that's the type of team that can go a long way.
    Team USA stays plays Oregon State on Monday, Texas A&M on Thursday and the Oregon Ducks on Saturday. Mechelle Voepel also includes some review of OSU and UO in here write-up located here:

    https://www.espn.com/womens-college-...pected-2019-20

    ZagDad

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    I missed some of the game but saw most of it. I've seen some comments online dismissing the result because the National team was rusty. However Stanford played 4 freshmen who have never even played against a D1 opponent, let alone a bunch of pros. After the pros took the lead and started to stretch it several times, Stanford kept fighting back. It was still reasonable close til about midway thru the 4th quarter. I was certainly impressed by Stanford's effort.

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    we played freshmen against #11 UCLA......we were close.....I'm impressed by that....

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    Quote Originally Posted by sylean View Post
    we played freshmen against #11 UCLA......we were close.....I'm impressed by that....
    I know, everything is supposed to be about GU. That's totally an apples and oranges comparison though. Bird and Taurasi are considered probably the 2 best guards of all time. You've got several players who are perennial WNBA All Stars, several league MVPs, several recent Rookie of the Year, and a nucleus of a players with 3 or 4 Olympic Gold Medals. UCLA probably has a few future pros, none of whom project to such lofty heights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seacatfan View Post
    ...Bird and Taurasi are considered probably the 2 best guards of all time. You've got several players who are perennial WNBA All Stars, several league MVPs, several recent Rookie of the Year, and a nucleus of a players with 3 or 4 Olympic Gold Medals.
    Bird did not play at all in the WNBA this year and Taurasi played a portion of a couple of games. They should be retired, not be on Team USA going for their 5th gold medal. Some of the younger players deserve a shot at the gold which they have not had while the old guard keeps coming back for more. CV (and her wife Quigley) are playing for team Hungary, because as long as Geno was head of Team USA, she knew she was never going to have a spot on Team USA. Now that Dawn Staley is head of Team USA, she is severely limited on top quality point guards. Several US WNBA athletes are playing for foreign national teams because they have not be given a chance to play for Team USA. For many years, more than half of Team USA has been either UConn grads (Geno) and/or Minnesota Lynx (Reeves) players. Thank you Geno and Cheryl Reeves.

    To show how short of true point guards Team USA is this year, Kelsey Plum is on the team. No disrespect for Kelsey, but she is not in the Top 10 of WNBA point guards.

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    Chelsea Gray looked good as soon as she entered the game. She missed the game against Stanford. Plum's career has been disappointing after what she did in college, but she was really good in the playoffs this year. Small sample size, but it was striking how effective she was playing against obviously other playoff teams.

    Agreed, the National team has stuck with the same group of players for too long. They needed to add some fresh blood last Olympics. They didn't, now they are stuck with an aging group and a younger talent pool lacking international experience.

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    Eastern Washington is playing at Stanford, game just started, streaming if you want to do some scouting of a future opponent.

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    I corrected it for you SeaCat.

    Eastern Washington is playing at Stanford, game just started, streaming if you want to do some scouting of a future opponent(s).
    ZagDad

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    Ha, thanks ZagDad. EWU looks fairly hapless, shouldn't require much scouting.

    Wazzu is up 15 on Pepperdine at halftime.

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    Never mind, EWU shouldn't require any scouting. Awful. 14% shooting from the floor. Somehow they were only down 18-10 after 1 quarter but ended up losing 92-27.

    Cougs are clobbering Pepperdine. Waves are supposed to be in the upper half of the WCC aren't they? Maybe Wazzu will be improved this season, chance for a decent OOC win for GU.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seacatfan View Post
    Cougs are clobbering Pepperdine. Waves are supposed to be in the upper half of the WCC aren't they? Maybe Wazzu will be improved this season, chance for a decent OOC win for GU.
    Improved but a long way to go. OOC is brutal with BYU, GU, Baylor, South Carolina, IU, and Miami.

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