Discussion in 'Colorado Basketball Message Board' started by cmgoods, Jan 29, 2014.
Buffs lead 39-37 with 9:32 left
45-45 with 6:20 left
Buffs lead 52-51 with 3:09 left
Another turnover by the Buffs and Utah hits a jumper for a 53-52 lead
3 straight possessions without taking a shot with 1:22 left down 1
Buffs down 55-53 with 32 seconds left after hitting 1 0f 2 foul shots
Another turnover without a shot down 4 with 12 seconds left will end it for the Buffs
Not quite over. Utah can't inbound and Buffs ball down 3 with 5.6 left
Bad inbound pass by the Buffs but fortunately goes off Utah with 3 seconds left
Kinda frustrating to see them choose to foul when they didn't need to and turn the game into a FT contest when it didn't need to be.
Airball on a decent 3 point attempt and Utah wins 58-55. The Buffs fall to 2-7 in conference. Correcting what I wrote earlier, the Buffs sit alone in 11th place ahead of only winless Arizona.
Maybe it is time that Lappe has to answer some questions about her coaching. Just a thought.
I am really in shock at how fast this team has fallen. Just a few weeks ago everyone was praising LL and the job she was doing. Now there is a big question mark as to her ability to get the job done.
This team has lost their guts. They look afraid to shoot, afraid to make a mistake and like they know they are going to lose.
They can play with just about any team but do not have the leadership to finish games. The go to ball handlers, down the stretch fumble the ball away. The go to scorers, down the stretch shoot air balls or pass up wide open shots because they are afraid to shoot in the clutch. And the Coach has no answers.
What a puzzling season since conference play started. Granted, of course it's the Pac-12, but outside of Stanford and Cal where they were actually respectable this team is in the downward spiral. I love the pieces on this team but they need one person who can take the game over like Chucky when the rest aren't attacking or finding their rhythm. Hoping they can pull some kind of postseason out of this year.
Somehow this team needs to learn to play for a full 40 minutes. They have lost, what, 6 (?) games in the final 4 minutes this season? It would also really help if someone could start making 3 pointers again. Without an effective 3 point line game, the opponents can clog up the paint and keep our frontcourt players from scoring.
I had no idea Dinwiddies injury would affect the womens team this much. :huh:
Actually that may have been part of it when it originally happened.... I believe he and Arielle are good friends and she seemed to not have her head in her game after his injury. Her game really fell off then. But that should not have carried over this long.
They are dating. So ya I think his injury has really had an impact.
Team doesn't have go-to crunch time player like Chucky anymore. They are very frustrating to watch at the end of games, complete meltdowns.
Probably more than Dinwiddie's injury has distracted Arielle, the injuries resulting in the WBB team's entire starting backcourt being out for extended periods have hurt them. Starting shooting guard Jasmine Sborov last played on 1/10 against Cal. Since then she is out with a broken bone in her foot. Starting point guard Lexy Kresl last played on 1/19 against UW. She went out with a stress fracture in her right leg. Unfortunately both are expected to be out for a few more weeks.
Also it would help if they could just design a decent inbounds play because that is the biggest reason they lost Cal, ASU and now Utah.
Overrated last year and lost Miss everything Chucky.
I hope that anyone commenting with complaints about WBB now has some history of posting about and following the team.
Otherwise, I think you need to be quiet.
Going into the season, most of us were concerned about guard depth, the team's ability to close out games or pull itself out of dry spells (Chucky put the team on her back in those situation last year), and we thought the team was over-rated early.
Concerns of the WBB fans have proved well-founded. But the team was overcoming those concerns until getting hit with a series of injuries like I've never seen for a basketball team. The team is gutted right now and they just battled a Top 15 team to the wire.
These women deserve our support right now.
And in terms of the program going forward, WBB has some of the best recruiting going right now among CU sports. Lappe's an up-and-coming coach who is doing a damn good job.
During the non-conference portion of this season - which included a win over a top 25 team - the WBB team was better offensively than last season's team, but not as good defensively. They had a propensity toward letting sold leads wilt fairly quickly. Still, they were rebounding well and getting a very balanced scoring.
CU opened conference play at USC and really laid an egg. They were flat and not playing their game. Eventually they were able to get back in the game and build a slight lead. That quickly came to an end. From that point on, they have continued to struggle with playing consistently on both ends of the court. Of course these problems were have been exacerbated by the loss of two starters, Jasmine Sborov and Lexy Kresl.
The team is really hurt bynot having a true point guard - in a sense this could be due to the lack of being a bit more proactive in recruiting. It hasn't helped either that Ky Weston left when she seemed to be on the verge of taking over at the point.
Clearly, this team isn't going to make the NCAA tourney, but in the long run things look good. Many good players return and Brecca Thomas - a top 100 recruit - will be available at the point.
The loss of Sborov was tough. She iss a good defender and was starting to be somewhat of a go to scorer but the loss of Kresl was the killer. And with Kresl going down, the loss of Ky Weston hurts all the more.
It is just crazy how the injury bug hit the Mens and Womens teams at almost the same exact time and both teams are struggling to recover.
I think everyone is just so frustrated with the turn of events. I know I am. Both teams had so much promise and momentum and now both have middle of the season rebuilding projects. Though truely good programs can take losses like these and not completely fold.
I guess it shows how green our new found success is. Hopefully a couple more years of good recruiting and experience and these teams will be able to take hits like this and keep on trucking.
I still have faith in Lappe. She is still building this program. I think I just got ahead of myself on where this team was. I tried to keep my expectations in check but somewhere I let them take over.
"I think everyone is just so frustrated with the turn of events. I know I am. Both teams had so much promise and momentum and now both have middle of the season rebuilding projects. Though truely good programs can take losses like these and not completely fold."
Well stated and it probably represents what a lot of us are feeling about both programs at this time.
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