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  1. Actually, I will add to my Coyote criticism. Perhaps the reason we fouled more last year, was that USD actually had the far better squad. I can admit that. USD had a incredibly talented squad last year and they do again. There, I just paid a USD team a compliment. I have been following UND Womens & Men's Basketball since the 70's and not once have I ever heard a USD fan give one of our teams a compliment..so already I'm ahead in that category. Usually, if a team is over matched they have a tendency to commit more fouls, that's just a reality. But the fact that you insinuate that we a "bruising team"That's insinuating that we were in a sense "dirty". I don't like it, but it doesn't surprise me, coming from the Coyote faithful. Toughen up a little. I'll put it this way. For example, Lexi Klabo, was never going to try avoid contact in her career. Why should she? She was very good finishing through contact.
  2. I was just curious to see how the teams that North Dakota Women have played, have fared with the rest of their games. If you throw out the non-d1's, and the game against Arizona 13-1. I think the record Women's Basketball opponents is close to 50wins against 75 losses. Including getting 2 wins against 2 teams with only 2 wins. South Carolina State and Charleston Southern. Now one of their losses was to a very good 10 and 3 Illinois State team, and to their credit, I thought that actually was one of the Fighting Hawks best games even in a loss. Honestly, you can only play who you have scheduled. But I will have to say this staff, has set its schedule up very well this year, with some of the opponents it went out and got. It may be for the innocuous reason that they knew they had a lot of young and youthful players on the roster that were going to need some seasoning, but a person can hypothesize that there may have been a little bit of.. lets go out at get a good non-league record". It certainly can't hurt. I can't really blame them...I would do the same thing. But I'm also keeping things in perspective. That's why it's always so difficult to compare the Women's and Men's Programs because, most years the Men, from my understanding usually take on 3 to 4 money games. Even though they won, one this year (Nebraska). You don't often count on it. I believe the Arizona game was a money game for the Women, but I can't imagine it was anywhere near the amounts the Men pulled in from even say Valpo, let alone an Oregon St/Minnesota or Nebraska. Of course I could be wrong, as someone may have more definitive knowledge. Bottom line, this freshman class has some very nice pieces, local at that, which I enjoy, and I hope they can continue to thrive and grow. I was not even going to begin to respond to the Kiyoat fan above who claimed we were a hack fest last year... but I just can't let it go unchecked so allow me to retort. USD has a reputation from several in the conference for their tendency to flop and make more out of contact that what there actually is. Credit it to them, as they seem to have a lot of the officiating crews snowed into responding to the often time overreactions. Our players don't goon anybody. Certainly not this year, not last year or any year prior to that. That has long been the USD "company fan line" any time one of their players get bumped, going all the way back to the NCC days.
  3. Umm, didn’t we win big on the road at Denver last season?
  4. They lost to Cedar Rapids I think in the opening round last year. Not sure it was even their U18 team, as they may have been at U18 IIHF. Might have had to utilize their U17s at that point
  5. I have been very lukewarm on Marlon for much of his career. But I do tip my cap to him for a good portion of the non conference season as he seems to at least to this point be making fairly good decisions. 8 assists to 2 turnovers. If he is able to bring a lot of these performances with him into Summit League play the team will have a good shot at beating some of the preseason expectations at the very least.
  6. Disagree. He was our best player on the floor on Sunday against Campbell. There is more to the game than making shots which he has to do, no doubt, he was finding ways to effect the game in other ways, but he has a lot teammates that are giving the ball away at an epic rate that are costing the team several possessions. Everyone has to improve, Billy included. I just think that assessment is harsh
  7. Did you see them lose to Florida Gulf Coast yesterday?
  8. UND has been fortunate in its recent history to have teams that had a number of players that relieve pressure. For example, the Jamal Webb, Aaron Anderson, Troy Huff team, all three could come get the ball if a team was taking one ofthe others away in the backcourt. And if any of the 3 of them was being pressured on the perimeter in the front court...those 3 would drive that defender to the hoop. Same could be said of Hooker, Crandall, and even Bernstine. Now, the way I see it is that a team will take away Stewart in the backcourt but everyone is trying to get the ball back to him, because we don’t have too many good ball-handlers, and we get into our sets way late in the clock. And it’s even worse if we haven’t got him the ball early in the front court. We just don’t have many guys that handle pressure particularly well in the above mentioned situations and it’s causing serious problems. Not sure there is an immediate easy answer other than get better at handling the ball against pressure. But our team is kind of is what it is, at this juncture
  9. Middle-outside...is not a setter...yet
  10. She’s not a setter. In high school she’s an outside hitter. She may be coming here as a setter but their will be a fairly steep learning curve I’m sure for someone who isn’t asked to set on a regular basis.
  11. I know I'm very much in the minority. But I love early games. Noon, 11am- the earlier the better. I guess, I'm used to some of that Big 10 start times where one of my kids went to grad school. But probably around here- I bet that attitude would only be shared with 1 out of every 1000 people here or so. I'm a weirdo
  12. I'm looking at the calendar of Midco "properties" and was a hectic day for them. I believe they had UND-Montana State on a Midco, NDSU-SDSU at 230 on another Midco, USD-SIU at 4 immediately following UND-Montana State and UND v BSU in Hockey following NDSU-SDSU.
  13. This is exactly the challenge. It's absolutely a no win situation. Especially when someone considers how reliant UND is with student fees towards athletics in the division 1 era.
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