IMO, the game against USF was, depending on how you look at it, a glass half full or a glass half empty.

For the glass is half full crowd, the defense was much improved over the St. Mary's effort. Generally speaking, there were a lot fewer instances when opposing players got wide open shots. Yes, both of the Truong's lost their player on more than one occasion, AV certainly did not make the appropriate switch a couple of times. But to be fair, JT and both Wirth's dropped the ball on an equal number of occasions. Sometimes, I believe that the starters were hedging to help cover the back-ups in case they made a mistake and ended up not covering their player. As the starters become more familiar with the back-ups, there should be a lot less hedging and even fewer wide open shots.

For the glass is half empty crowd, I personally did not like our offense yesterday much at all. Considering how well we played offense against Pacific and the last 3 quarters against St. Mary's, yesterday's offense was of the humble, bumble, and stumble variety. It certainly did not flow as smooth and as fast as it did against Pacific. There was a lot of hesitation in taking wide open shots. Only LF seemed to be willing to take a shot if her shot was wide open. Everybody else seemed turn down the open shot to make the extra pass, which frequently led to a much worse shot later in the shot clock. Both Truong's have no problem attempting the difficult pass, sometimes an ill-advised pass. However, the entire frontcourt had "hands of stone" (boxing reference) yesterday dropping passes that hit them in the hands, body (at the waist or above), etc. Much like the days of John Stockton when he was trying to make the Olympic team as a college graduate, the frontcourt guys were not expecting the pass because they did not believe anybody could get them the ball. I think our frontcourt did not think the Truong's could get the pass to them and hence were not looking for it. Not the Truong's fault, frontcourt needs to be looking for the ball at all times.

Keep the defensive intensity up, and the upperclassman starters need to have some faith in the freshman. Don't let your player get a lay-up because you are worried about helping a Truong, LF or AV. You might be surprised by how well they play. Offensively, we had another very slow start. We need to start faster, so were are not on our heels. If you have an open shot, take the open shot and crash the boards. We know you can do it, we saw what is possible in the game against Pacific.

Let's cut down the nets, Zags.

ZagDad