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I think Dawn Staley will continue to build this program into one of the elites. However, right now she is suffering from the same thing that has plagued our men's basketball and football programs forever. It's easier to recruit projects than refined players. It's easier to recruit athletes than refined players. Elite programs (and f'n UNC) continue to come into this state and raid the best recruits. Getting Coates was huge, but there's another 4 star recruit from the upstate going to Duke next year. Next year's class is the key. There are two 5-stars and a 4-star recruit in the city of Columbia. If Staley can get 2 or all 3, she'll probably have the best class in the country.
This team wasn't skilled enough offensively to go much further than they did. Even if they won tonight, it's likely than Notre Dame wouldn't wiped the floor with them next round. However, I truly think this team was one star player short of being a final 8 or even 4 team. Kelsey Bone, or a big girl like they have at Delaware, Baylor, or Stanford along with the other parts, would've been dominant.
I say all this without being very knowledgable about women's hoops. Maybe someone can shed some light on our chances to sign the girls from Columbia in the class of 2014.
This post was edited by MCR 13 months ago
Man you are turning into the poster of doom and gloom. Great season, we got upset, same way we lost any other games this year free throws. But a another solid year, Congrats to Dawn and the Lady G's, nothing but continued success and upside for her program.
Your post was much more doom and gloom IMO. I think the man has a very valid and objective point. Thanks for the insight MCR, I dont know anything about womens hoops, just the fact that Staley continues to win more and more games...
Not sure what you mean. They had a fantastic season, played a bad game tonight, but probably weren't going to be able to get past the next round anyway. I meant no disrespect. I love what Staley is doing, but she's a couple of pieces shy of having a great team.
Dawn has gotten about all that was there to be gotten. We need a bigger post presence inside. Free throw % has to improve. Getting a inside game will loosen us up where we can be more balanced. You have to be able to have an inside out game.
Still proud of this team. I look forward to the future of WBB.
Dawn is not recruiting projects she is getting top talent, not to the level of UConn or ND by any means. This team lost 5 seniors.. We have two seniors leaving, Welch returns as well as Sessions, Doizer, and Davis. Add Coates and this team is good on paper.
This post was edited by jtwarlick 13 months ago
Fear the Fish
I think you are right on having a bonfide star that is refined in her game would be a big plus but getting one for one of the big time schools right now is not possible for us. I think if we build class after class of very solid players we can still make it to those elite 8s and final 4. That is how Notre Dame did it and they now have staying power, so did Kentucky.
The real Achilles heal of these teams is outside shooting. It has been bad for years but I think it will get better when Roy and Davis return from injury next year. Put Coates in the middle and spell her with a much improved Ibiam, I think this team becomes a much better team.
Now for free throws I don't know Ibiam is like 47% but our biggest culprit is Bruner at 31%, ouch. Bruner is a Sr so maybe we can get better result because she got fouled a lot this year because she got a lot of offensive rebounds with put back opportunities.
All and all I think this team overachieved this year. They did a lot with what they had and turned in another marvelous year. Kudos to Coach DS and the whole Gamecocks team.
2014 the city of Columbia has the top overall player, and two more from Dreher (sp?) who are ranked in the top 100.
I know you don't, just messing with you. You seemed down on baseball after the weekend, then basketball after the loss. You are usually more glass half full.
If we get the Columbia 3 we'll start to see CLA begin to fill up for women's basketball. Winning adds up, then sets in.
Shoutout too dawn and the girls but we still have work to do ibiam will improve and could start over Coates mark my words.. Also we are losing a top sec pg in walker so realize we still have more more work to do but I agree can't wait to see t. Roy back next season
Projects may have been too strong a term. What I mean is - the girls on this team have some tools, whether it's size, quickness, athleticism, or speed, but some of them aren't refined basketball players. They don't shoot well, which is essential to success, and some of them don't appear to have a high basketball IQ. Nevertheless, they are usually fun to watch, and I'm not normally a women's hoops fan.
We are also very young in the backcourt, and Dawns offense depends on them creating open looks. It's all good man
I think if we still had bone we would of been big time, but we need some post players, and size killed us in the end. Dawn gets the most out of her players, they didnt play their best last night but they were just very undersized in the paint. It will be interesting to see how we do next year, but I love the future of our program as long as we have Staley here.
they did as much as they could with two forwards going up against true centers, often more than one at 6'3" or taller. plus the free throw shooting was a downfall.
ibiam seems to be the key, imho. she has size, good wingspan & can make shots around the hoop. she needs to work the strength & conditioning this off season & she could be a consistent threat inside. if she has some backup like the incoming frosh, that would be excellent.
welch is going to have a big season, if we do get some serious post presence. if welch can be matched up with a forward guarding her of about the same height, welch will light them up like a Christmas tree.
the outside shooting needs to make a reappearance in our offense. we have some young offensive perimeter folks, they need to mature, in a couple of cases just rehab from injuries
if we could add an offensive shot creating type player to go with the incoming center, this next team could have some potential to exceed this season.
lots if ifs in there, but I would not bet against coach staley in raising the level of play
but I go back to ibiam....she showed some post potential last night but not the strength that the big girl for Kansas has. get stronger so you cannot be pushed around young lady & you could put up some points next year.
Mitchell is going to be very good. Sessions had a good season. Dozier will improve. Davis and Roy coming back from injury and are shooters. Ibiam, Welch and Coates will man the paint. I think we'll be better next year then we are this year. Although we will miss Walker's defense. Now if we land the Small's girl from Florida...
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I think it's just the opposite. You could watch an entire game and not even notice that Mitchell or White were playing. We get very little offense out of our guards. Almost all of our offense comes from Welch, Bruner, and Ibiam. I think once Sessions and Dozier get some experience, they will become big scoring threats. Having a better inside presence certainly will help, and Coates appears to be the answer. However, Bruner and Welch were our best offensive players this year.
Ally will beat the crap out of Uga.
You were exactly right in your analysis. They are great athletes and wonderful defenders, but lack the refined offense that some of the elite schools' players have.
Sessions will be an upgrade, offensively, next year. She has the athleticism to be a great defender. Her and Dozier will provide more offense next year.
This post was edited by steve miller 13 months ago
Important to remember that our 2 best shooters were lost for the season to injury early on. I considered this a rebuilding year. We will be much better next year.
Steve who is the one player you would focus on if you were coaching against us??? Walker, why because the inside presence was not there so everything is pushed out with no worries of our smaller post players. Add a Kelsey Bone to the equation and every thing puishes back down low opening the outside for shots and drives. We can not be balanced. It's like football passing opens up the run and vise versa. Take one away and the other struggles. Not to mention the fact that we are under sized but then we struggle with FT's. At least that is the way I see it.
This team is exciting to watch. We need more size in the paint and definitely need to spend all offseason shooting freethrows. If they all averaged 60-70% from the line instead of 30, 40, and 50% we would've won several games we lost this year, and would've had a much better shot at being in the Sweet 16 now. However, it looks like Dawn is truly building a program here. We are starting to get players in the top 50 in the country -- that's what it'll take to compete with the perennial powers of WBB.
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