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  1. We had 20 turnovers and I would say most of them were bad passes. I'm not sure why we are such a bad passing team. I don't remember the past teams being such bad passers. It seems like we did every kind of bad pass there is--sloppy ones, forced ones and I'm going to thread the needle kind of passes which are low percentage of success passes. I'm sure they are being coached to make good passes so what can you do? I know we were out rebounded but was surprised it was by only 3. All game it seemed like we were just outhustled for rebounds. We would have pretty good position and still not get the rebound. Sometimes I think we forget to jump. One time we had 3 players standing close to each other and they all watched the ball land on the floor between them. It's not a good attitude to think I won't go get the ball because my teammate is going to go get it. Meanwhile your teammate is thinking the same about you.
  2. I'll throw my opinion out there with about half the season gone. Jessica Shephard. I expected her to be really good on offense and she is. Free throw shooting could be better but oh well. Her defense is ok but will probably get better with time. Rachael Theriot. She seems inconsistent on offense and defense this year. We need her to step up her offense every game. Not sure what her injury is or how it affects her. Her passing has to improve also. Natalie Romeo. I've been impressed with her offense this year. Always a threat at the 3 point line. Defense is fair. Allie Havers. This is by far her best year. Wish she was more aggressive on rebounding. Last year it seemed like she was always falling down for whatever reason. Seems a little stronger this year. Kyndal Clark. When she joined the team I was really excited. I thought by having her with her scoring ability, especially from the 3 point line, that this would really improve our team. Unfortunately for whatever reason, she's lost confidence in her offense abilities. Her 3 point shooting is not good. Going from being the number one scorer on your team to a role player hasn't worked well for her. Rachel Blackburn. From what I've seen this year I don't know if she has any down low offensive moves. She hasn't shown that she's a scorer down low but then they never throw her the ball much with Shephard being down low. She seems like a hustler though. Being sick hasn't help her progress. Jasmine Cincore. Of all the players, I'm disappointed in her ball handling and shooting ability this year. I thought she was going to be a lot better player. I hate to say it but it seems like when she touches the ball a turnover is about to happen. Anya Kalenta. Gives good minutes off the bench. Can shoot the ball. Maddie Simon. With her injury it's hard to say. I'm hoping next year she'll be a real asset. Esther Ramacieri. I hope nobody takes offence to this but Esther is not a division I player. Not sure why Connie recruited her. She played about half the game the other day and didn't take a shot or even think about it. Even in mop up duty she won't think about shooting. There are two things that stand out to me this year. I've never seen a Connie Yori team give up so many uncontested layups as I have this year. All the teams guards just dribble right down the lane and have many easy layups. Our guards let them fly by and there is seldom any help defense. Not sure what gives on that. Secondly, we are getting beat on rebounds that we should have. Especially the other team is getting so many offensive rebounds and put backs. Lots of times we have position for the rebound and we don't get it. Lots of times we are just outhustled. Anyway, these were my thoughts. It will be interesting to see how we finish this year out.
  3. It's too bad we had really good pitchers this year but below average hitters. Erstad needs to recruit better hitters. Especially some that can hit a long ball.
  4. Were you on a Hastings team? I remember that Hastings's Steve White give em all that they could handle. I might be getting some of those teams confused, but didn't Hastings have like 3 or 4 shots to win the game and couldn't get any of them to drop. No, I was on the Alliance team. Lincoln east won the championship that year on a half court shot. I'm not sure who they played. Could of been Hastings.
  5. I played at the Coliseum in 1971 at the state tournament against Lincoln East. Unfortunately lost to Kent Reckaway's team. He made like 20 some free throws. The ref's loved him. If we breathed on him the ref's called a foul.
  6. You are spot on about Romeo. With the hype she had coming in I had expected a lot more. She is basically a very streaky 3 point shooter who really can't create much of a shot. She should never have the ball in her hands with the shot clock running down. But at this point, I don't think there is anyone else to replace her. Chandler Smith is another disappointment so far. Her shooting has been terrible so far this year. Maybe it will improve next year.
  7. It bothers me when all the other teams know that you usually only have to worry about Petteway and Shields taking a shot. And you know Shields will probably pass open a wide open shot to try and drive into the middle for his shot. All the other guys on the floor have the "I'm not taking the shot, you take it." I don't understand it. When I played and I would still think it applies today is when I'm passed the ball, I'm thinking how can I score. If I'm open for a shot that I can make a decent percentage of, I'm shooting it. If I think I can dribble to the basket and get a better shot, I did. I was thinking of what my shot was going to be first and secondly to a teammate for a better percentage shot. Our guys are thinking about who they are going to pass to first and then shooting. If you are open, take the shot. If you can't shoot worth a crap then you shouldn't have been recruited to Nebraska. Don't mean to pick on Benny but how many times do we throw to him and he's wide open and he won't take the shot unless he's forced to? How many times has Rivers caught the ball and made an attempt to score? He never drives to the basket. He'll only shoot a 15 footer if forced to. Got to be one of the easiest guys to guard. It seems like coaches and tv announcers are always worried about taking a shot early in the shot clock. As bad as our offense has become I say screw it. Whenever you're open for an uncontested makeable shot, take it! We probably have a better chance of making that than waiting till 10 seconds and expecting Petteway to come up with a good or even average shot.
  8. NU 65 CU 66 Hope I'm wrong.
  9. Alliance High would of had the event during the basketball season but Jordan will be playing ball in Turkey then.