I'm really curious why our non-freshman aren't productive in points and rebounds. Nicea is the exception - she seems to grab rebounds, get some steals (or cause a steal by tipping a pass), and we know she can explode for points. Whitish will just go cold for long spells, and she doesn't look comfortable handling the ball under pressure (Haiby gets the award for pressure ball handling skills). We have to know teams are going to key on Kissinger so why aren't we adjusting to that? And Cain, I just don't know. She seems really slow and hesitant this year, and she doesn't seem to want to jump for a pass. Something seems really off with her. Maddie is streaky and maybe she's just pushing too hard, I don't know. She made a huge mistake fouling the 3 point shooter yesterday.
The freshman make mistakes, too, but they are getting fewer and farther between. And the hustle by the freshman + Nicea is unmatched by the rest of the team. We are 18 games into the season, my patience isn't what it was at the beginning. And I agree with the bizarre substitution patterns - Brown and Veerbeek were getting started and then they are put on the bench. We would just get up by 4 points or so, and then we'd sub and suddenly we were down by 5. Why not leave them in for a few minutes longer to build on that lead? They didn't seem like they were winded and I thought I even saw a look on someone's face like "Why am I being subbed out?".
I would just as soon start the game with our most aggressive players offensively and defensively and try to get a fast start, then sub out 1 or 2 at a time. If Hannah or Kissinger are subbed in and are hot, then leave them in. I think the only 2 players that haven't been scoring machines at some point are Mitchell and Mershon, so the rest are capable of going off for at least 10+ points in a game.