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Re: 2017-18

PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2018 3:06 pm
by Terrier NH Dude
So Con Tourney, 1st round, lost 78-64 vs E Tenn State (#2 seed.)
Tough season w key injuries. Tip of the hat to team and thanks to the 2 seniors for their leadership.

Re: 2017-18

PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2018 5:12 pm
by lawdog
Taking stock of this season of Wofford women's basketball:

Our final record this year was 10-20, and we lost our last eight in a row. Sounds disheartening, and it is easy to say that is what we always do, swoon late, and in fact that has been the pattern. The history of our women's basketball program, especially in relation to other teams since we joined the SoCon, is woeful. That is in the process of changing. I have an educated opinion that no-one likes our past record less than our coach, who in my view is the best the program has had in a long time, maybe ever.

We can and should be hopeful, but first the bad news:

1. Our guard play was erratic. At times, we were very good; the freshman Green is excellent ... made all-SoCon second team. Cairo Booker had some good games. Wanink was as good a guard as anyone in the league until she got an ACL injury early. All year we were inexperienced and lacked depth, especially after Wanink went out. Mills, a promising guard, was injured and did not play. In my view, unquestionably we would have won at least 3-4 more games had Wanink stayed healthy; she was our leader in virtually every category, including rebounding, and made everyone better with her leadership.

2. Our inside game was thin and unpredictable. Marissa Bayer had some excellent games, but she was all we had inside and got worn down and, at times, apparently disheartened. Jordan Houseright, who had size and skill, got married and left last year, and never played a game. Sonia Hughes, a very promising recruit with size, left before the season started this year for undisclosed reasons. Peyton Walker, an experienced player with some size and experience who could have helped, apparently left to play in Europe before the season.

3. Overall, and primarily, we were very thin and other teams took advantage and wore us down. Several players essentially played the entire game. We had only about six players who could be counted on. But we frankly had several players who appeared marginal and not able to help much.

Now, the good news, which in my view outweighs the bad:

1. We played smart and with good effort all year long, despite the uphill battles. We played extremely well on occasion - the Furman game comes to mind. Morale and persistence were good. Announcers regularly remarked upon that.

2. Wanink is coming back, healthy, with a medical redshirt, which gives her two more years. With Green and Booker more experienced, our guards will be about as good and experienced as anyone's. McDavid, a forward, had a great freshman year too (SoCon all freshman), and has the quickness to contribute on the wing and inside as well. She is a raw talent with a great upside. The freshman Mills, who was injured and did not play, is healthy and her skills are very promising. Atha gained experience and showed flashes, and will help. Polanco, a recruit, will help us early. Our perimeter defense and ability to stop penetration should be much better.

3. Bayer is back inside. One or two of our recruits have size and should really help, although it is hard to get a read at this point; whether a freshman can step in and help here is a key to our next season. Mary Turner, a recruit, shows some promise. ... 6d1bd.html Atha, with her energy, physicality, savvy, and some size, could help inside ... hopefully she will get a hard look there. Grob showed flashes, and hopefully will step up her game. Mills has some inside skills.

4. Overall we will have more experience and depth next year than this year. It appears at this point that the incoming recruiting class shows great promise across the board, but time will tell. Also, ideally there need to be improvement and increased contributions from all returning players.

5. A good showing next season should put us in position to recruit that special player or two who can get us to the next level. We have facilities as good as any, a talented, kind, and motivating coach, and great educational and athletic opportunities to offer ... why not Wofford?

I expect us to improve to 50-50 overall next year, and be competitive in about every game. The year after that we will be able to compete with and win against anyone in the league. Although this is a good women's basketball league, I see us competing for the title in the foreseeable future.

Re: 2017-18

PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2018 6:07 pm
by Retiredterrier
Good, thorough analysis ld. I remember when Wanink was hurt and felt like the team had little chance of winning with her out. But you have to give them credit. They did not give up which would have been so easy to do. They continued to fight as hard as they could. Seemed like they reached a peak and could not get over the hump. They were so close in several games. I agree that next year should be improved since Wanink will be back and Green and McDavid and others as you mentioned will make this team better. And then assuming we continue to recruit good players like McDavid and Green and Wanink we will continue to improve. Eventually we should be contenders or close to it. GO TERRIERS !!!!

Re: 2017-18

PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:59 pm
by lawdog
With our two unexpected most recent talented recruits Lutz and Tomlin (bringing the total to seven for next year), there is even greater cause for optimism. This recruiting class appears to be the best the ladies program has ever had.

Re: 2017-18

PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2018 9:39 am
by lawdog
Insightful blog. Garrity and Wanink are two of the special ones. ... out-wanink