Post by justinesguy on Dec 4, 2023 18:17:30 GMT -5
This all started in 2017 and has been a long time coming.
The new athlete that was big, athletic, mean and didn’t cower to UConn’s banners started to emerge. We trotted out a solid team however it wasn’t an overly tough team, it was guard heavy and lacked a viable center.
Miss st had McGowan, remember her? They had tough guards like Vivian’s. We had Butler at Center and a not athletic Lou and a role player in Chong playing 42 minutes.
This has been coming for awhile. It’s recruiting now.
Losing on Boston killed us. We need to adjust now!!
Post by yetanotherwilliams on Dec 4, 2023 18:33:42 GMT -5
Ironically, it may have been the phenomenal success of the Williams-Nurse-Samuelson-Collier teams (only two absolutely heart-breaking losses in two years -- they could very easily have extended the longgggg winning streak another forty games or more) that reinforced Geno's thinking that one didn't need to have a towering, physical post presence if the team was ultra-quick, defended fiercely, and played the best transition basketball anyone had ever seen. Remember that game where they dismantled A'Ja Wilson's South Carolina team and Gabby Williams made perhaps the most athletic steal in women's basketball history?
Unfortunately, while they've had a lot of fine players in the years since those two buzzer-beating semi-final losses, Dangerfield, Christyn Williams, Nelson-Ododa, Walker, Westbrook and the standouts of the cast couple of seasons, the world of women's basketball has not stood still, and there are many more fine players - especially big players - than there were in Stewart's day.